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Rafa Analyzes Today’s Opponents – Bristol City

9:56 am, Saturday, August 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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.

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We can do it – but it will be very tough and the defense will need to play well and not concede from set pieces.

Comments welcome.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Wonder if Ken Wimshurst will be there today

  • 2 jazzyp // Aug 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Hard fought 1-2 win for our boys.
    Need to build on our first win and not slip back to another defeat

  • 3 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 20, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Can see Diame coming in at DM alongside Hayden, Lascelles or Hanley for Clark too.

  • 4 Jib // Aug 20, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    I think Rafa will be happy with a point down there.
    His thinking will be effected in part by the knowledge that Mitro will be back for Brighton at home , which by seasons end could turn out to be a 6 pointer.

  • 5 toon kk // Aug 20, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Our shoddy defence and no Elliott will cost us three points today.
    I’m being honest we’re hardly a team that looks like we’re going to run away with the league. The players have been taken by surprise along with many fans.
    We’re a team in progress and it could take time.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Aug 20, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    A clean sheet would be a great outcome. I have not had the opportunity to see any games but the first one and, as someone said earlier, am unable to consider making an accurate judgement on players. Sels certainly has the size and shape of an excellent keeper, plus the experience which elevates him slightly above Darlow. However, they both need to establish themselves in the team and game time is the only way they are going to succeed.

  • 7 Jib // Aug 20, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Apparently even at the age of 78 he still scouts for Southampton in the Bristol Area !

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