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PREVIEW ~ Fulham visit Bristol City FA Cup Rnd03 ~ 21/22

last updated Friday 07th January 2022, 6:24 PM

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Bristol City vrs Fulham

FA Cup Third Round at Ashton Gate

Saturday 8th January 2022     KO: 12:30pm

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
Marco Silva
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Bristol City Coach Nigel Pearson
Bristol City Coach
Nigel Pearson
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Fulham head into their FA Cup third round fixture with Bristol City looking to end a run of five matches without a victory.

Meanwhile, the hosts have been inconsistency personified all season, although they did move up to 15th position in the Championship standings with a win over Millwall last time out.

Having played just one game since December 11, Marco Silva and his Fulham squad will be relieved to get back on the pitch on Saturday afternoon.

However, the Portuguese is aware of the importance of this game with the West Londoners not experiencing a victory since November 20, their last win of a seven-game streak.

Four draws and a defeat at home to Sheffield United have been recorded since then, and Fulham now sit four points adrift of Championship leaders Bournemouth with two matches in hand.

Even with this fixture taking place in the FA Cup, Silva knows that it is an opportunity to get back on track ahead of a favourable schedule in the short term.

The corresponding game in the league took place on September 25, Bristol City coming from behind to earn a share of the spoils at Ashton Gate.

That was a rare occasion when the Robins have finished strongly on familiar territory, but the same thing occurred again last time out as they edged out Millwall in a five-goal thriller.

Two goals from Andreas Weimann, who completed his hat-trick in the process, secured maximum points for Bristol City, moving the club 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

With successive wins a rarity under Nigel Pearson, the Robins boss continues to fight to save his job, but he will relish the chance to try to overcome higher-profile opponents who are lacking match practice.

These two clubs have only met in the FA Cup on one previous occasion, Bristol City prevailing 2-1 in the second round during the 1989-90 campaign.

Source Darren Plant at SportsMole
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