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In Focus: Bristol City

21 September 2017

Next up for Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship is the visit of Bristol City to Carrow Road.

Like the Canaries, the Robins made it through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup in midweek after beating Stoke City 2-0.

Lee Johnson’s side have also started very well in the league and are currently unbeaten in their last six matches. Here’s what Daniel Farke’s men can expect on Saturday.

Summer signings
The Robins have added seven new players to their first team squad with boss Johnson choosing to strengthen his group with both experience and youth.

Johnson has also searched far and wide for new recruits with Italian full-back Eros Pisano and former Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele joining from Hellas Verona and Panathinaikos respectively.  

Bright young prospects Jonathan Leko, from West Bromwich Albion, and Cauley Woodrow, from Fulham, have moved to Ashton Gate in the hope of gaining valuable first-team experience. The two are both England youth internationals.

The Robins have also been able to spend £10 million on top of the free transfers of Pisano and Steele and loans of Leko and Woodrow.

They signed Sengalese striker Famara Diedhiou (pictured) from French club Angers for a club-record £5.3 million deal. The 24-year-old has already scored four times in all competitions this season.

Experienced centre-back Nathan Baker joined from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee and left-sidedmidfielder Niclas Eliasson joined from Swedish club Norrkoping.

Form guide
City have started the season extremely well as they aim to avoid a third successive year fighting relegation.

They began with a victory and a defeat in the league, beating Barnsley 3-1 on the opening day before going down 2-1 away at Birmingham City.

Following that, the Robins finished August with three successive draws in the league against Brentford, Millwall and Aston Villa.

Despite only one league win in August, they were impressive in the Carabao Cup, beating Plymouth Argyle 5-0 in the first round and then overcoming Premier League Watford in the next round away from home.

September has been promising for City and they've begun to find their feet in the league, beating Reading and Derby County and drawing with Wolves. Johnson’s squad currently find themselves 8th in the table and on a six-match unbeaten run.

They will also face Crystal Palace at home in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after beating Stoke City in round three.

Canary connections
Two members of the Bristol City squad used to ply their trade at Carrow Road.

Korey Smith (pictured) signed for Norwich City’s academy in 2007 and went on to play 67 times in the league for the Canaries – he figured regularly as City earned back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League between 2009 and 2011.

Smith’s midfield partner Gary O’Neil played for Norwich between 2014 and 2016 and he joined the Robins when his contract in Norfolk ended in June last year.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Frank Fielding, Luke Steele, Max O’Leary
Defenders: Eros Pisano, Joe Bryan, Aden Flint, Bailey Wright, Nathan Baker, Hordur Magnusson, Lloyd Kelly, Zak Vyner
Midfielders: Korey Smith, Josh Browhill, Callum O’Dowda, Bobby Reid, Niclas Eliasson, Jamie Paterson, Marlon Pack, Gary O’Neil, Jens Hegeler, Joe Morrell
Forwards: Famara Diedhiou, Matty Taylor, Cauley Woodrow, Milan Djuric, Jonathan Leko

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