2018-19 Championship preview: Bristol City

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball runs the rule over Bristol City.

Name: Bristol City

Nickname: The Robins

Manager: Lee Johnson

Stadium: Ashton Gate [27,000]

Postcode: BS3 2EJ

Club website: www.bcfc.co.uk

Nearest train station: Parson Street

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 15/2

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Millwall 2-0 Bristol City [Wallace 11', Morison 52']; April 7, 2018

Last season: 11th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 67

Goals against: 58

Top league goal scorer: Bobby Reid (19)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Adam Webster [£4 million from Ipswich]; Andreas Weimann [£2.25 million from Derby]; Jack Hunt [£1.7 million from Sheffield Wednesday]; Marley Watkins [£1.1 million from Norwich]; Hakeeb Adelakun [free transfer from Scunthorpe]

Outs: Bobby Reid [£11.35 million to Cardiff]; Aden Flint [£8 million to Middlesbrough]; Hordur Magnusson [£2.8 million to CSKA Moscow]; Gustav Engvall [undisclosed to KV Mechelen]; Zak Vyner [loan to Rotherham]; Gary O'Neil; Arnold Garita; Luke Steele; Scott Golbourne [all released]

After the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs following a superb start last year, the Robins have had something of a squad overhaul, raking in the cash for key players Bobby Reid and Aden Flint.

Reid's 19 league goals last season were crucial in an eventual mid-table finish, earning him a move to newly-promoted Premier League side Cardiff City, whilst Flint has signed for one of the promotion favourites, Tony Pulis' Middlesbrough.

Lee Johnson led his side to the Carabao Cup semi-finals last season, where they lost to eventual winners Manchester City. The run – which included knocking out Manchester United in the quarter-finals – seemed to distract them and lead to a downturn in their Championship fortunes.

Boss Johnson will be hoping for more long-term focus on the league this season.

Prediction: Lower mid-table

It could be a season of consolidation for Johnson's men. They have lost two key players and will find them hard to replace, but have moved quickly in an attempt to do so. Those players need time to settle in and aren't quite at the same level as the likes of Flint and Reid.

Bristol City vs. Millwall – Sunday December 2, 2018 [Kick-off: 13:30]

Millwall vs. Bristol City – Saturday March 16, 2019 [Kick-off: 15:00]

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