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Season Preview 2020 – Part 2 07/09/2020

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.
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BRENTFORD

INS: Ivan Toney (Peterborough United, £5,000,000 rising to £10,000,000); Charlie Goode (Northampton Town, Undisclosed); Lewis Gordon (Watford, Free)

OUTS: Dru Yearwood (New York Red Bulls, Undisclosed); Justin Shaibu; Julian Jeanvier (Kasımpaşa, Season Loan); Jaakko Oksanen (AFC Wimbledon, Season Loan); Luka Racic (Northampton Town, Season Loan)

OUR EX-BEES: Andre Gray

THEIR EX-ORNS: Lewis Gordon

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2014-15 2-1 2-1
1997-98 3-1 2-1
1996-97 2-0 1-1

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

Raya
Dalsgaard     Jansson          Pinnock      Henry
Jensen             Da Silva          Nørgaard
Mbeumo                  Watkins                Benrahma

BLUFFER’S GUIDE: The Bees have been solidly mid-table since our departure from the Championship up until the season just gone.  They won their first seven straight after lockdown to propel themselves into automatic promotion contention but then lost their last two to Stoke and Barnsley to finish third, losing out in the play-off final to neighbours Fulham.

What the fallout is out of that lot is anyone’s guess.  They have a talented side built, it is reputed, off statistical analysis as much as conventional scouting (which ticks boxes for me…) but are likely to lose, in Ollie Watkins and Saïd Benrahma, two attacking jewels with further interest in the likes of left-back Rico Henry and keeper David Raya from top flight clubs.  Ivan Toney, who we and about a dozen other clubs were also linked with, has been brought in ostensibly to fill one of the gaps to be created in the forward line and the Bees have done a very fine job in recent years of buying low and selling high whilst making steady progress.  Quite how successful they are at doing this again in the wake of the briefest of pre-seasons in which to reshuffle the pieces and overcome the disappointment of yet another play-off defeat (their ninth failure of nine to navigate a promotion play-off), plus the move to a new stadium which could go either way (particularly whilst empty) in being a Good Thing or a Bad Thing as it affects their form and that of their visitors will determine whether they are contending for automatic promotion or another play-off tilt.

BRISTOL CITY

INS: Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic, Undisclosed); Chris Martin (Derby County, Free); Alfie Mawson (Fulham, Season Loan)

OUTS: Rory Holden (Walsall, Undisclosed); Korey Smith (Swansea City, Free); Matty Taylor (Oxford United, Free); Bailey Wright (Sunderland, Free); Robbie Cundy (Cambridge United, Season Loan); Owura Edwards (Grimsby Town, Season Loan); Saikou Janneh (Newport County, Season Loan); George Nurse (Walsall, Season Loan); Cameron Pring (Portsmouth, Season Loan); Jonny Smith (Swindon Town, Season Loan); Marley Watkins (Aberdeen, Half Season Loan)

OUR EX-ROBINS: None

THEIR EX-ORNS: Mark Ashton (CEO), Rene Gilmartin, Andi Weimann

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2017-18 3-0 2-3
2013-14 1-1 / 2-0
2012-13 2-2
2011-12 2-2 2-0
2010-11 1-3 2-0
2009-10 2-0
2008-09 2-4
2003-04 0-1
2001-02 3-2
1998-99 1-0 4-1
1997-98 1-1 1-1
1996-97 3-0 1-1 2-1

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

O’Leary
Mawson        Kalas         Baker
Eliasson          Patterson     Morrell             Nagy         Dasilva
Diédhiou        Weimann

BLUFFER’S GUIDE: Three cup encounters in the interim, one of which going to replay, disguise the fact that we’ve not played City in the league since 2013.  They were promoted back to the Championship the year we went up, and have gradually settled into mid-table occasionally but not sustainably flirting with the play-offs, which they’ve not reached since losing to the Hull City side that had seen us off in the semis in 2008.

The Robins are another side under new management, Dean Holden being the erstwhile assistant to former Hornet Lee Johnson whose father, Gary, had also been a long-time manager at Ashton Gate.  The squad looks useful but imbalanced;  an apparent move to 3-5-2 ought to capitalise on City’s surfeit of midfielders and provide a little bit of robustness – a criticism of Johnson’s sides being that the defence was getting precious little protection.  City aren’t overburdened with central defenders however, and have strengthened this area with another mooted Watford target, Alfie Mawson, on loan from Fulham.

Elsewhere City have a number of decent forwards which will prove useful as the fixtures come thicker and faster than ever – although Player of the Season Famara Diédhiou is in the last year of his contract – but patched up their side with a number of loans last season and so will need to either repeat this trick or hope that injuries don’t take too much of a toll.   One of the large number of sides that could either trouble the play-offs or slip into trouble depending on which way the wind blows for them.

CARDIFF CITY

INS: Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic, £2,000,000); Jordi Osei-Tutu (Arsenal, Season Loan)

OUTS: Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town, Free); Omar Bogle; Matthew Connolly; Jazz Richards; Ciaron Brown (Livingston, Season Loan)

OUR EX-BLUEBIRDS: None

THEIR EX-ORNS: None

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2018-19 3-2
2014-15 0-1 4-2
2012-13 0-0
2011-12 1-1
2010-11 4-1
2009-10 0-4
2008-09 2-2
2007-08 2-2
2005-06 2-1 3-1
2004-05 0-0 3-0
2003-04 2-1 0-3

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

Smithies
Osei-Tutu             Morrison                 Nelson                 Bennett
Murphy                   Tomlin                  Ralls                Hoilett
Moore         Glatzel

BLUFFER’S GUIDE: A year after relegation Neil Warnock may have moved on but his legacy remains both in the form of an aggressive forward line in particular – new signing Kiefer Moore supplements 6’4″ German striker Robert Glatzel and the abrasive Callum Patterson – and a number of unsuccessful signings perceived with retrospect as short-termist, leaving City with one of the oldest squads in the division.

Creativity is in short supply with the squad over-reliant on Lee Tomlin in central midfield and the squad’s possession stats amongst the lowest in the division.  Neil Harris’ side did make the play-offs and will remain stiff opposition, but they were closer to mid-table than to automatic promotion in points terms and the squad isn’t getting younger.  Can’t see them troubling the play-offs this time.

COVENTRY CITY

INS: Gustavo Hamer (PEC Zwolle, £1,400,000); Marcel Hilssner (SC Paderborn, Undisclosed); Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest, Undisclosed); Julien Da Costa (Chamois Niort, Free); Callum O’Hare (Aston Villa, Free); Ryan Giles (Wolves, Season Loan); Leo Østigård (Brighton & Hove Albion, Season Loan); Ben Sheaf (Arsenal, Season Loan)

OUTS: Zain Westbrooke (Bristol Rovers, Undisclosed); Jack Hickman (Bolton Wanderers, Free); Callum Maycock (Solihull Moors, Free); Dexter Walters (Tamworth, Free); Reise Allassani; Bouwe Bosma; Junior Brown; Jordy Hiwula

OUR EX-SKY BLUES: None

THEIR EX-ORNS: Brandon Mason

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2019-20 3-0
2011-12 0-0
2010-11 2-2
2009-10 2-3
2008-09 2-1 3-2
2007-08 2-1 3-0
2005-06 4-0 1-3
2004-05 2-3 0-1
2003-04 1-1 0-0
2002-03 5-2 1-0
2001-02 3-0 2-0
1999-00 1-0 0-4
1987-88 1-0

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

Marosi
Dabo    Østigård      Hyam         Rose    Giles
Hamer                 O’Hare                    Kelly
Walker       Godden

BLUFFER’S GUIDE: Rare heady days for City, who have been promoted twice in three years having barely finished top half in whatever division they’ve been in since the eighties prior to that.  The Sky Blues may still be without a permanent base, playing “home” games at St Andrews this season, but they have a young, likeable side that hasn’t lost a game since before Christmas last year, going fourteen League games unbeaten before the League One season was curtailed in March and beating Franchise in their League Cup opener at the weekend.

That they’d not played a competitive game in almost six months prior to that will be a rare situation to start the season in, but with the further potential boost of a sell-on in Callum Wilson’s pending transfer things are as good for City as they’ve been for a while.  Unlikely to trouble the play-offs – those of us of a certain age will remember how hard it is to push on after promotions in quick succession – but won’t struggle either.

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