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Introducing: Bristol City as dark horses for promotion

Introducing: Bristol City as dark horses for promotion

Last season saw a lot of football fans take to loving Bristol City in the Championship. Lee Johnson’s side won over the nation with their Carabao Cup run to the semi-finals and their famous goal-GIFs on Twitter, yet this season could see them better their achievements of last season as they look like a side that could win promotion.

After an uneventful start to the season, the Robins found themselves looking like they might be in trouble when they lost four games on the spin from the end of October to November 24th. After that torrid spell, the Ashton Gate faithful saw a rise in form that nobody predicted. The 4th loss of that spell, a 2-0 defeat against Leeds United, was their most recent in the Championship as they’ve climbed the table.

That defeat at Elland Road left them in 14th with the fans resigned to another season in the Championship. However, in the 13 games that have followed the Robins have won nine and drawn four, winning their last seven consecutive games conceding just two goals in the process. Whatever Lee Johnson has been feeding the players has been working and they now look like promotion candidates.

To win the playoffs and gain promotion, any side needs their fair share of luck as well as quality and it looks like City may have what it takes to make the jump. Whether or not they’d fare well in the Premier League is a different matter, but to be putting up such a strong fight in an attempt to climb to the top flight despite the fact they lost their top goalscorer from last season in Bobby Reid.

Last season saw Reid, who Johnson had expertly converted from a midfielder to a centre-forward, grab an impressive 21 goals in all competitions, including 19 in the Championship. If the Robins can continue their scintillating form in the Championship then their promotion chances will be excellent. It’s unlikely they’ll break into the top two, but considering their only loss of 2019 was to Wolves in the FA Cup then anything is possible.

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