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Bristol City vs Birmingham City preview: TV info, live stream options, predictions & confirmed line-ups

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 18:55, 7 February 2020

Bristol City will look to continue their play-off push as they host an in-form Birmingham City side in a mouth-watering Friday night game.

Four wins on the bounce have seen the Robins climb to sixth in the table, just five points off an automatic promotion spot.

Birmingham are unbeaten in seven games across all competitions, having beaten Coventry in a thrilling FA Cup replay on Tuesday via a penalty shootout.

One of these runs is likely to end on Friday, but who will come out on top?

When is Bristol City vs Birmingham and where can I watch live?

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Venue: Ashton Gate

Date: Friday, 7 February 2020

Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event

Live stream: Sky Go is the obvious option for those with Sky subscriptions. If you’re not subscribed, try a Now TV pass (or their free trial offer) US-based readers can look into ESPN+.

Last five meetings: Bristol City vs Birmingham

10 August 2019: Birmingham 1-1 Bristol City (Championship)

26 February 2019: Bristol City 1-2 Birmingham (Championship)

8 December 2018: Birmingham 0-1 Bristol City (Championship)

10 April 2018: Bristol City 3-1 Birmingham (Championship)

12 August 2017: Birmingham 2-1 Bristol City (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Bristol City (DLWWL) 7-6 Birmingham (DWLLW)

Ones to watch

Bristol City: Daniel Bentley

Bristol City’s recent run has been largely down to impressive rearguard performances, led by Daniel Bentley. The Robins have kept four clean sheets in a row and won each of their last three games 1-0. Bentley’s performances in recent weeks have not only been crucial to his side’s promotion push but have also led to him being nominated for player of the month.

Key stat: Only Kiko Casilla (12) has kept more Championship clean sheets (10) than Bentley this season.

Birmingham: Scott Hogan

Very few players are brave enough to make the switch between Aston Villa and Birmingham but that is exactly what Scott Hogan did this January. Having spent the first half of the season on loan at Stoke City, the Republic of Ireland international made his debut in blue last time out against Nottingham Forest, scoring their equaliser as they went on to win 2-1.

Key stat: Hogan has three goals in two games against Bristol City – he was also on the winning side in both matches.

Confirmed Bristol City line-up

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Confirmed Birmingham City line-up

Squawka prediction

Both teams will go into this game full of confidence following solid runs of form. However, Bristol City’s motivation for promotion must be high now. With four wins and four clean sheets in a row added to the fact that the teams above them are stuttering, they must take advantage of the situation.

Scoreline prediction: Bristol City 2-1 Birmingham City