Date: September 6, 2014
Venue: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, England
Time: 15:00 hours BST
Bristol City are sitting pretty towards the top of England’s League One, and they welcome a struggling Scunthorpe side this Saturday.
Having picked up 11 points in their first five games, Bristol are looking like they will improve on their 12th place finish last season. Meanwhile Scunthorpe have just four points, and are fighting to not go back down to League Two after just gaining promotion from the fourth division last season.
Bristol City: L-W-D-D-W
Bristol’s last loss came against fourth division side Oxford United in the League Cup. That result was poor, but what they will be most concerned with the two draws they picked up in their last three games, as last year not being able to convert draws to wins was their downfall. On the bright side, their most recent result was a win over Notts County, 2-1.
Scunthorpe United: L-D-D-W-W
Despite sitting near the bottom of League One, Scunthorpe have had a reverse in fortunes recently. They defeated fellow League One strugglers Walsall and followed that up with a win over Chesterfield in the Football League Trophy
Bristol City: Wade Elliot
The captain has been influential for Bristol in their unbeaten start. The 35 year old was one of several excellent key summer signings for City, and has been one of their outstanding performers so far. The hardworking right midfielder is a key part to Bristol’s excellent defense and is also a threat going forward.
Scunthorpe: Terry Hawkridge
Scunthorpe has one of the worst defensive records in the league, and things at the back must improve if they hope to stay in League One. But it doesn’t help that they have several key defensive players injured, which means Terry Hawkridge, a right winger, will have to fill in at right back. The 24 year old does have experience, but it must be seen whether he knows how to play as a defender.
Based on where the two sides are in the table and based on form in the last five games, Bristol are heavy favourites for this one with a win for them at 1.83 with bet365. Given their relative standings in the table, Scunthorpe will gun for a more defensive line-up and could make scoring difficult – with BetVictor offering 1.95 for less than 2.5 goals to be scored in this encounter.