Match Preview: Bristol City v Newcastle United

19 March 2010 06:16
BRISTOL CITY Gerken Orr Fontaine McAllister Carey Sproule Elliott Skuse Haynes Maynard Maierhofer

Lovenkrands Carroll Gutierrez Nolan Guthrie Routledge Enrique Hall Coloccini Simpson Harper NEWCASTLE

Newcastle subs (from): Krul (gk), R Taylor, Kadar, Butt, Pancrate, Ranger, Best. Bristol City subs (from): Henderson (gk), Nyatanga, Johnson, Hartley, Ribeiro, Clarkson, Sno, Agyemang.

NEWCASTLE: Chris Hughton is sweating on the availability of Peter Lovenkrands as he ponders his selection for today's trip to Ashton Park.

If the Dane recovers from the muscular problem he sustained in Wednesday's win over Scunthorpe, Hughton is expected to select an unchanged team. Alan Smith (ankle) is due to return to training on Monday, while neither Shola Ameobi nor Joey Barton are included in the squad despite taking part in full training this week. Suspensions: None Injuries: S Taylor (knee), Williamson (hand), Smith (ankle), Vuckic (leg), LuaLua (hamstring) Last five league games: WDWWW Leading league scorer: Carroll, Nolan 12 Next game: vs Doncaster (A) 23/03/10

BRISTOL CITY: Winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce is suspended after he was sent off in the closing stages of Tuesday's 3-2 defeat at Plymouth. That result proved the end of the road for manager Gary Johnson, and it remains to be seen whether caretaker boss Keith Millen makes wholesale changes to the team.

Chris Iwelumo has returned to Wolves after the end of a loan spell, but former Celtic midfielder Evander Sno is available after making a goalscoring return from a back injury in the reserves. Suspensions: Campbell-Ryce Injuries: McCombe (leg), Elliott (knee) Last five league games: LLWLD Leading league scorer: Maynard 12 Key Player: Nicky Maynard - Without the strikers goals, Bristol City would almost certainly be in the relegation zone.

Last season: No corresponding fixture League head to head: Newcastle 8, Bristol City 6, Draws 9 Referee: Andy DUrso (Billericay) G27 Y73 R2 Ave: 2.78 Last Newcastle game: vs Plymouth (H) 13/01/10 W3-0 Y0 R0 Odds: H5/2; A5/6; D12/5

It's a fact: Newcastle's last trip to Ashton Gate ended in a 5-0 League Cup win courtesy of goals from Les Ferdinand, Keith Gillespie, Robert Lee, Darren Peacock and Scott Sellars. Comment by Billy Scott: Bristol City will be hoping a change of manager equals a change in fortune, but Newcastle are capable of claiming all three points. Prediction: 1-2

Source: Northern_Echo