Behind Enemy Lines: Bristol City

MILLWALL head to Ashton Gate on Saturday looking for their first win in the league this season.

Bristol City have four points from their first three games, and were 3-1 winners over Barnsley in their only home game in the Championship so far.

Lucas Ball spoke Bristol City fan Oscar Dayus ahead of this weekend.

What made you support Bristol City?

No choice! I live a 10-minute walk away from the ground, my dad supports City and so did all my mates. And there was no chance I was going to support Rovers now, was there…

How do you rate City's transfer business this summer? What else do you need, if anything?

Average. We’ve tackled all the key areas that needed tackling: two strikers, a winger, a right-back, and a centre-back (assuming Aden Flint leaves).

But it remains to be seen how good those signings will be. Nathan Baker is a great acquisition from Aston Villa, and a player we know all about having had him on loan for the 2015-16 season.

Eros Pisano has so far looked a decent signing at right-back, and Niclas Eliasson is an exciting-looking tricky winger, but one who is untested in English football and will surely need time to adjust.

We’ve brought in Cauley Woodrow on loan just in time for this match, but Fulham fans seem happy to see the back of him – rarely a good sign.

Finally, we broke our transfer record earlier this summer to sign Famara Diedhiou, a Senegalese striker from Ligue 1 side Angers for £5.3m. So far he’s looked decent – if not five-million-quid decent – but he has very big boots to fill.

It’s essentially down to him to replace Chelsea and England under-21 starlet Tammy Abraham and our record sale Jonathan Kodjia, who left on deadline day last August for £11m.

Only time will tell whether he can fill the place of both of those and “maverick” Lee Tomlin, who left to join Cardiff City in July.

Following a 2-2 draw with Brentford on Tuesday night, what are you expecting come May?

I think most City fans would be happy with a mid-table finish. After two relegation battles in a row – and heavy investment in the process – we need to consolidate ourselves as a respectable Championship team.

Despite a weaker squad, we’ve looked a more competitive team in our four fixtures so far this season, but I’ve suffered too many disappointments by now to get ahead of myself.

Who are the Robins' dangermen?

This season, our style is built more on togetherness and work rate than any one star player, but the one who’s stood out so far is academy product Bobby Reid.

At 24 years old, Reid has until now flattered to deceive in his career – it seems every season is “make or break” for him – but injuries to strikers Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor have forced the midfielder to move up front, and it’s proved to be a blessing in disguise.

Four goals in three league games so far mean Reid is currently the Championship’s top scorer – and long may it continue

Who, from the Millwall side, is likely to cause Bristol City problems?

It goes without saying that Steve Morison and Lee Gregory will be the dangermen, and with a leaky defence last season we’ll do well to keep the strike duo out.

What is your predicted formation and line-up?

We’ve gone for 4-4-2 (and a similar line-up) every game so far this season and I can’t see that changing.



Pisano, Wright, Baker, Bryan

Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Paterson

Diedhiou, Reid

Finally, a score prediction?

Millwall’s poor form so far mixed with our leaky defence and open style will mean goals. 3-2 to City.

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