League Cup Preview – Bristol City
The Eagles travel to the South West for a fourth round EFL Cup tie at Bristol City, a fixture that Palace rarely have much luck with in recent years.
Roy Hodgson will be looking to break that trend in an effort to keep the cup run going a little longer while the South London club continue to find some kind of form in the league.
The hosts enter this tie off the back of a hefty defeat at home to Leeds United, however, they have yet to conceded at home in this competition so far this season.
Both managers will be looking for a response from their respective sides in the cup tie following defeats at the weekend in the league.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Connor Wickham (knee), Christian Benteke (knee)
BRISTOL CITY – Neither Nathan Baker or Milan Djuric are expected to feature while Eros Pisano, Jamie Paterson and Korey Smith are all struggling for fitness.
The last time the two sides met was also in the League Cup in August 2013 when a trip to Ashton Gate beckoned for the Eagles. It was not a memorable visit either as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas put the hosts into the lead just before the hour mark before Scott Wagstaff doubled the advantage with less than twenty minutes to go. The consolation for Palace came in the final minute from Owen Garvan.
This will be the 85th meeting between the two sides with Palace just edging the better record with 33 wins while there have been 21 draws. In all those fixtures the clubs have only been paired together on four occasions in the League Cup with Palace only winning one to Bristol City’s three.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 27/08/2013 Bristol City 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 19/02/2013 Crystal Palace 2-1 Bristol City
- 21/08/2012 Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace
- 14/02/2012 Bristol City 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 18/10/2011 Crystal Palace 1-0 Bristol City
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 21/10/2017 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 14/10/2017 Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea
- 30/09/2017 Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace
- 23/09/2017 Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
- 19/09/2017 Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Last FIVE results for Bristol City;
- 21/10/2017 Bristol City 3-0 Leeds United
- 13/10/2017 Bristol City 0-0 Burton Albion
- 30/09/2017 Ipswich Town 1-3 Bristol City
- 26/09/2017 Bristol City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Joe Bryan 7.46
- Aden Flint 7.36
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6.98
- Wilfried Zaha 6.94
LEAGUE CUP FORM
Bristol City kicked off their League Cup campaign with a thrashing of Plymouth Argyle which they followed up with an impressive success over Premier League side Stoke City. In contrast, the Eagles have seen off Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town both at Selhurst Park so this if the first away tie in the competition this season.
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Bath City (loan), Plymouth Argyle (loan)
The 24 year old full back joined the academy at Bristol City in 2009 and worked his way through the set up to make his first team debut in 2011. Born in Bristol, Joe went on loan at Bath and Plymouth to continue his education which has stood him in good stead having made over 150 appearances for the Ashton Park side, scoring eleven goals.
Tough one to call particularly in a cup competition that is not taken entirely seriously by some teams. However, Palace cannot take Bristol City lightly as they have already gained one scalp this season in the competition as Stoke City were their victims in the previous round. TEB are going for a bold prediction ahead of this one and for Palace to break their hoodoo at Ashton Gate and return to South London with a place in the next round.
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 6/4
- Draw – 12/5
- Away – 13/8
- Both teams to score – 8/13