Bristol City v Wigan Athletic

5 Aug

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson guided Bristol City to safety after joining in February

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Bristol City’s first league match at the redeveloped Ashton Gate sees them host promoted Wigan Athletic.

The Robins are without goalkeeper Frank Fielding (ankle), while midfielder Korey Smith – who, like Fielding, had ankle surgery in April – is suspended.

Wigan are hopeful a number of players will recover from knocks.

Nick Powell (groin), Stephen Warnock (calf), Emyr Huws (ankle), Will Grigg (ankle) and Donervon Daniels (knee) are all doubts going into the game.

The Latics were promoted as League One champions last season after a one-year stay in the third tier following relegation.


BBC Radio Bristol’s Ed Hadwin:

“City come into the game on the back of a much more successful summer in the transfer market than 12 months ago, having brought fan favourite Lee Tomlin back to the now fully re-developed Ashton Gate.

“Iceland international defender, Hordur Magnusson, also cost significant money, and with the experienced Gary O’Neil and plenty of promising young players also arriving, the squad is undoubtedly stronger.

“City’s form under Lee Johnson in the second half of last season would have seen them challenge for a play-off place, and he’ll be hoping they pick up where they left off.”

BBC Radio Manchester’s Paul Rowley:

“Wigan stormed to the League One title after relegation, but the Championship looks a tougher challenge after a year away.

“Most of Wigan’s summer signings have experience at this level, but manager Gary Caldwell is looking to add to the squad, with speculation that promising Liverpool prospect Cameron Brannagan could be joining on a year-long loan.

“The Latics are notorious slow starters as they prepare for their 39th season as a Football League side, with just seven opening day wins in that time.”

Match facts

  • The Robins have won just one of their last eight league meetings with Wigan, a 2-1 away win in August 2001.
  • This will be the first league meeting between these sides since January 2003, with Wigan winning 1-0 at Ashton Gate.
  • Bristol City are winless in their last five opening day games in the second tier, and haven’t won a season opener in the division since 2008 (1-0 v Blackpool).
  • Wigan have won just one of their last six opening day games, played across three different divisions (their only win came as a Championship side in 2013 – 4-0 v Barnsley).


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