In their first two games of the season Bristol City beat Wigan 2-1 at home and then beat Burton Albion 2-1 away before narrowly losing 1-0 last Tuesday night at Norwich City.
They are 8th in the Championship table with 6 points and Newcastle would overtake them with a win this afternoon.
As for any game, Rafa Benitez gets scouting reports on the opposition and he puts together a plan to win the game.
He’s done that with Bristol City and this is what he has said about them:
“From all the reports we have from them we know they are doing well and are a team that play with confidence.”
“All the reports say they are a good team. They are physically strong and good at set-pieces, throw-ins and corners.”
“They are good at long balls and win second balls.” “They are a team that play with high tempo and it’ll be tough. We know it will be difficult.”
“We practiced on Friday and we don’t have too much time, but we said that we have to be ready for a team with this type of approach.”
“They are a team who know what strengths they have.”
Bristol City will be very highly motivated to win this game today in front of what is expected to be the highest attendance at Ashton Gate for 20 years at the newly expanded stadium, which now holds 27,000.
Newcastle really need a win to start to climb the table and build some confidence among the players.
After Wednesday night;’s 4-1 win at home to Reading, Newcastle fans are upbeat we can win the game with almost 70% expecting a win.
We can do it – but it will be very tough and the defense will need to play well and not concede from set pieces.