THE FA Cup continues this midweek with a bunch of Third Round replays including Bristol City’s match with West Brom. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) takes a look at the tie.
Bristol City v West Brom | Tuesday 19:45 | BT Sport 2
Bristol City were the scourge of punters at the weekend as they pulled off a big shock by beating Championship leaders Middlesbrough and now they face Premier League West Brom in this FA Cup Third Round replay.
If Wes Burns’ late goal on Saturday was fortunate then you can also possibly classify it as just as the Robins were robbed of a Fourth Round spot deep into injury time the weekend before last.
James Morrison’s late goal that day was another nail in the coffin for Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill and he was shown the door just five days later after what’s been a struggling season for the side.
Before the win on Saturday against Middlesbrough, Bristol City have won just one game in their previous 12 matches stretching back to November.
They lie third from bottom in the table and are only better off than crisis clubs Charlton and Bolton. The club have clearly found the jump from third tier to second tier tough.
Saturday’s win was interesting though. It came with John Pemberton and Wade Elliot in charge and the change in personnel at the top end of the club may just inspire the side in the short term.
After some meek efforts in the league the 2-2 draw in the opening match with West Brom was also encouraging and bodes well for here. Maybe the players were turned on by the FA Cup?
West Brom have lost key players Darren Fletcher and James Morrison for this match but should still have enough in the tank to trouble the Championship side. The Baggies got all the way to the Quarter-Finals last season so have pedigree under Pulis in this competition.
I’ll have a suck on the Baggies to win and both teams to score in this match at 4/1 with Ladbrokes. The Robins will hopefully feel buoyant after Saturday’s big win but ultimately West Brom should overpower them.
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