Fixtures In Focus: Part Two

Tuesday 25 June 2019 06:30

Brentford, Bristol City and Cardiff are next up as we profile our 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship opponents.

Brentford

A solid start to the season saw Brentford sitting a point outside the Play-Off places, but following Dean Smith’s departure to Aston Villa in early October they picked up just four points from a possible 30 in their next 10 outings. Their form significantly improved in the New Year, but they never really managed to sustain enough momentum to seriously challenge for the top-six.

Top scorer: Neal Maupay (28)

Dafabet promotion odds: 9/2

2019/20 fixtures: Griffin Park 14/12/19, Craven Cottage 14/03/20

Last five meetings:

Fulham (Mitrović) 1-1 Brentford (Maupay) – 14/04/18

Brentford (Canos, Sawyers, Watkins) 3-1 Fulham (Kebano) – 02/12/17

Fulham (Cairney) 1-1 Brentford (Yennaris) – 29/04/17

Brentford 0-2 Fulham (Aluko, Cairney) – 04/11/16

Brentford (Saunders, Hogan 2) 3-0 Fulham – 30/04/16

Bristol City

For a second successive season Bristol City flirted with the Play-Offs, this time taking it to the final day only to miss out by a failure to beat Hull City, as well as rivals Middlesbrough and Derby County winning their matches. Nonetheless, an eighth place finish for Lee Johnson’s side represented a very solid campaign – their best season for more than a decade – and their young manager was duly rewarded with a new long-term contract.

Top scorer: Famara Diedhiou (13)

Dafabet promotion odds: 6/1

2019/20 fixtures: Craven Cottage 07/12/19, Ashton Gate 07/03/20

Last five meetings:

Bristol City (Reid) 1-1 Fulham (Mitrović) – 21/02/18

Fulham 0-2 Bristol City (Reid, Smith) – 31/10/17

Bristol City 0-2 Fulham (Piazon, Cairney) – 22/02/17

Fulham 0-4 Bristol City (Abraham, Freeman, Reid, Flint) – 24/09/16

Fulham (Piazon) 1-2 Bristol City (Wilbraham, Abraham) – 21/09/16

Cardiff City

Cardiff surprised many last season by making a real fist of things in the Premier League, grinding out enough results to keep their campaign alive until May. They came to Craven Cottage in late April knowing that a win would give them a real chance of staying up, but Ryan Babel’s stunning goal meant they returned to Wales pointless and were subsequently relegated the following week. A final day victory at Old Trafford, though, meant they finished just two points from safety.

Last season: 18th (Premier League)

Top scorer: Victor Camarasa/Bobby Reid (5)

Dafabet promotion odds: 14/5

2019/20 fixtures: Cardiff City Stadium 31/08/19, Craven Cottage 13/04/20

Last five meetings:

Fulham (Babel) 1-0 Cardiff – 27/04/19

Cardiff (Murphy, Reid, Paterson, Harris) 4-2 Fulham (Schürrle, Sessegnon) – 20/10/18

Cardiff (Zohore, Paterson) 2-4 Fulham (Ream, Ayité, Sessegnon, Johansen) – 26/12/17

Fulham (Sessegnon) 1-1 Cardiff (Ward) – 09/09/17

Cardiff (Zohore 2) 2-2 Fulham (Johansen, Kebano) – 25/02/17

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