It’s a big game for Bristol City as they look to transfer their current Championship form to the FA Cup. They host Bolton Wanderers who are embroiled in a relegation battle in the same league.
Bristol City have been in the bottom half of the table for most of the season but a run of ten games unbeaten has moved them up to seventh place, one off the play-off positions. Their last five games have all ended in victories. They have a weekend off from league action as they take on Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
City have already caused one upset in the competition this season, beating Premier League Huddersfield Town 1-0 at home. They are no strangers to cup success after their run to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup in the 2017/18 season.
FA Cup runs haven’t been quite so regular and the win over Huddersfield ended a run of three home cup ties without a win. Goals have been in short supply too with the last seven home FA Cup ties all having under 2.5 goals scored in them. That’s a current trend too with only two of their last ten matches this season having over 2.5 goals scored in them.
Bolton Struggling on their Travels
Bolton Wanderers beat League One Walsall 5-2 at home in the third round. That goal feast was a welcome one for home fans as 14 home league games have only seen eight goals scored. Wanderers are one from bottom in the Championship and only have two wins in their last 19 games.
Away form is appalling with no wins in the last 12 and five straight defeats. January 12 saw them travel to Bristol to take on City in the league. They took a 58th minute lead but eight minutes later were 2-1 down. Another struggle looks likely here and they have no wins in their last three away FA Cup ties.