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Bristol City vs Bolton Wanderers. The FA Cup Fourth Round.

Ashton GateAttendance13,747.

Bristol City 2

  • C O'Dowda (8th minute)
  • N Eliasson (30th minute)

Bolton Wanderers 1

  • M Beevers (6th minute)

Bristol City vs Bolton preview: Championship clubs collide at Ashton Gate

Image: Phil Parkinson's Bolton are struggling in the Championship

Bristol City are taking nothing for granted in their FA Cup fourth-round clash with struggling Bolton on Friday night.

In-form City beat Sky Bet Championship rivals Bolton 2-1 at home less than two weeks ago and are big favouries to repeat that success at Ashton Gate.

But Robins assistant manager Dean Holden, a former Bolton player, said: "They've been in pretty much every game they've been in.

"Even the 6-0 loss to Hull, they were in the game for long periods, and they had a bit of capitulation towards the end of that game."

Holden stood in for pre-match media duties as manager Lee Johnson has spent time with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig this week.

"Lee's gone to have a look around, watch them train, get an understanding of a big European club," Holden said.

"Of course, that will help our club in due course, with contacts and getting an eye on some of their players."

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While City have won five successive games to move into promotion contention, Bolton's poor league form has mirrored their off-field problems.

Three straight league defeats have left Bolton one place off the bottom of the table, and boss Phil Parkinson admits the Championship has to be their priority.

"We'll go there with the intention of getting through, obviously, but one eye has got to be on that Reading game on Tuesday night," Parkinson said.

"They have got a free weekend and I have got to make sure that when we come to that game that we're fresh and ready to go."

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bristol City

Team news

Matty Taylor is likely to be in the Bristol City squad after returning to training following a spell out with an unspecified injury.

However, goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa will miss out after picking up a knock in the week.

Korey Smith (knee) and Nathan Baker (calf) remain on the sidelines.

Parkinson could make wholesale changes for the tie.

Bolton goalkeeper Remi Matthews may replace Ben Alnwick and make his fourth appearance of the season while Parkinson could call on youngsters Joe Pritchard and Luca Connell.

Opta stats

  • This is the third FA Cup meeting between Bristol City and Bolton - the Robins have won each of the previous two, winning 5-0 in 1903 and 3-1 in 1979.
  • Bolton haven't reached the FA Cup fifth round since 2011-12 - they haven't done so outside the top-flight sine 2000-01 under Sam Allardyce.
  • Bristol City haven't won any of their last three FA Cup fourth round ties, last reaching the fifth round in the 2000-01 season after eliminating Kingstonian.
  • Bolton manager Phil Parkinson's last FA Cup fourth round match was in 2014-15 as Bradford City manager - a 4-2 away win at Chelsea.
  • Bolton striker Josh Magennis was involved in four goals in their 5-2 win over Walsall in the third round, scoring a hat-trick and assisting Bolton's first goal.

Merson's prediction

Bolton could really do with the money of a cup run but Bristol City are flying at the moment. Home win.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

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