Bristol City v Plymouth

19 October 2009 04:36
Coca Cola Championship Venue: Ashton Gate Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2009 Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio TEAM NEWS Bristol City have no new injury worries, so manager Gary Johnson is set to choose from an unchanged squad. Defender Liam Fontaine will be out for a further three weeks with an ankle problem and Brian Wilson is still out with a shin injury. Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock is considering making changes for the game at Ashton Gate. Sturrock hinted after Saturday's defeat at Blackpool that he may look to freshen up his team. MATCH PREVIEW Plymouth have insisted that Paul Sturrock's job as manager is safe despite the arrival of former Argyle and England striker Paul Mariner as head coach. Saturday's defeat at Blackpool increased the pressure on Sturrock, and Plymouth are likely to drop to the bottom of the table if they lose and Ipswich - the club where Mariner made his name as a player - win at home to Watford. This match looks like a tough task for the struggling Pilgrims given Bristol City's excellent home record. City are unbeaten at Ashton Gate this season, although they were denied another victory there by Peterborough's late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the weekend. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • These clubs have played 50 league matches against each other. Bristol City have won 22 and Plymouth 17, with 11 drawn. 606: DEBATE Have your say on this match • Plymouth's 2-1 victory at Ashton Gate in March 2008 is their only win at Bristol City since the Second World War. Bristol City • Bristol City have drawn five of their last seven league games, including the last two. A 2-0 home victory against Blackpool on 29 September is their only win in those seven. • Gary Johnson's team boast the third best home record in the division (W4, D2, L0). • Championship matches involving the Robins have produced 21 goals (11 for, 10 against). Only those involving Swansea have produced less (eight). • Lee Johnson is on the verge of his 300th club career appearance and Marvin Elliott his 200th career league start. Plymouth • Plymouth's defeat at Blackpool on Saturday was their eighth loss in 10 games and their fifth Championship defeat this season by a two-goal margin. • No other club has lost as many Championship matches this season as Argyle and only rock-bottom Ipswich have conceded more goals than Argyle's 22. Ipswich have let in 25. • Argyle and Peterborough are the only clubs in the division without a clean sheet this term. • Paul Sturrock's have not drawn in 10 matches - currently the Championship's longest run without a draw.

Source: BBC_Sport