Meet the opposition: Bristol City

1st February 2019
First team

Swansea City head to Ashton Gate at the weekend looking to extend their seven-match unbeaten run.

Here, we take a closer look at our opponents, Bristol City.

What's their story?

The Robins are in their fourth season back in the second tier having won the League One title in 2015.

They were in the play-off hunt last term before ending up in 11th place, their highest league finish since completing the 2009-10 campaign in 10th spot in the Championship.

They came close to sealing promotion to the Premier League in 2008, with Lee Trundle among their ranks.

'Magic Daps' scored a fine goal to help them beat Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-finals, but they ended up losing 1-0 to Hull at Wembley in the final.

How's their form?

Excellent. Swansea have been on a good run, but it is trumped by Bristol City's 12-match streak without defeat.

Indeed, they have won their last six games in all competitions and sit seventh in the table, just two points below the play-off places.

Their current run came on the back of four-straight defeats but they have recovered in emphatic fashion.

The size of the task facing Graham Potter and his side is underlined by the fact Bristol City have not lost on their own turf since early November.

Who's the boss?

Lee Johnson, son of ex-City boss Gary. The former midfielder - who spent most of his playing career with the Robins and Yeovil - made the move into management at the age of just 31 when he took charge of Oldham.

After two years with the Latics he moved to Barnsley, and then made the return to Bristol City in February of 2016.

He helped them avoid relegation that season and in the following campaign, before having them in play-off contention last season and they are firmly in the mix again this term.

Who are the key men?

Senegalese striker Famara Diedhiou is the Robins' topscorer so far this season with eight goals to his name, while Niclas Eliasson and Callum O'Dowda have both been in highly impressive form of late.

Recent loan signing Kasey Palmer has made an impact since his arrival from Chelsea, while fellow Blues' player Tomas Kalas has also been a positive presence in defence.

Goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa has been hit by a calf injury, but Johnson has the experience of Frank Fielding to call upon between the sticks.

They have former Swan Marley Watkins among their ranks, with the defender having recently returned to training following injury.

Supporters travelling to Bristol City on Saturday are informed that there will be a Football Special train returning to Swansea from Bristol Temple Meads at 6.14pm. Further station stops on route to Swansea will be updated in due course.