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Big match preview: Bristol City v Fleetwood

6 January 2017

Read our essential guide ahead of the trip to Ashton Gate

Fleetwood Town will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games as they visit Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City in the Emirates FA Cup.

Saturday’s opponents host Uwe Rosler’s side coming off the back of six consecutive defeats, the most recent coming in a 3-2 loss to Reading.

The previous meeting between the two sides resulted in a 2-0 defeat, however Town will be optimistic they can get a result and continue their fine form.

Last time out

Uwe Rosler’s side progressed into the third round of the Emirates FA Cup after an enthralling 3-2 win in a second round replay against Shrewsbury Town, having previously seen off Southport 4-1 in a first round replay.

The result against Shrewsbury came courtesy of a 95th minute Ashley Hunter winner after Town had battled back from 2-0 down, following a brace from Devante Cole.

For Bristol City, who lie just three points above the relegation zone, this will be their first match in the Emirates FA Cup this season.

After they were knocked out by West Bromwich Albion at this stage last year, the Robins will be hoping to go one better and reach the fourth round. 

The Cod’s have scored seven goals in their last three Emirates FA Cup games, and will be confident of adding to this.

Players to watch

Top scorer Tammy Abraham is certainly one Uwe Rosler will have highlighted, scoring 18 goals in 25 appearances for Lee Johnson’s side, since signing on loan from Chelsea in the summer.

Other players to watch, include new acquisition and 6”6 striker Milan Djuric, and other new signing and ex- Hertha Berlin midfielder Jens Hegeler who will be out to impress if given their debuts.

Managers View

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Head Coach Uwe Rosler spoke to media at Poolfoot Farm.

“It is great,” he says about the cup competition.

“I have always been a big admirer of the FA Cup and I have always taken it as serious as the league games.

“We are going to Bristol who are a good team, with good players, but we have a great opportunity.”

Meanwhile Robins Manager Lee Johnson is hopeful of getting a result, despite six consecutive losses.

“We need to make sure we go into it full of positivity to get a result, Fleetwood are a good side and it will be a difficult game for us.”

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