Bristol City v Sheffield United: How to watch, team news, head-to-head record and more

Bristol City are in front of the television cameras on Easter Monday against a Premier League hopeful

<p>Bristol City are in search for consecutive wins for the first time this season. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)</p>

Bristol City are in search for consecutive wins for the first time this season. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Bristol City entertain promotion chasing Sheffield United at Ashton Gate in the early evening on Easter Monday.

City are in good spirits after defeating Stoke City 1-0 on Good Friday with Jay Dasilva scoring a late goal, whilst the defence earned a rare clean sheet.

Sheffield United though are looking for a response as in their last match they suffered a 2-1 defeat to relegation threatened Reading.

A win for City could see them overtake Severnside rivals Cardiff City in 17th, but they can still be overtaken by both Hull City and Birmingham City.

When does the match start?

The game will kick-off at 17:30 at Ashton Gate Stadium.

What’s the latest team news for Bristol City?

Andy King and Callum O’Dowda have been in training and the pair will push to be in contention for this match, though next Saturday’s match could be a more realistic target.

Antoine Semenyo made his first start since recovering from injury on Friday and came in for Nahki Wells, with Pearson expected to stick with his entrusted front three.

Joe Williams is unlikely to play a part as due to the recurring nature of his hamstring injuries he can only play one match during this busy period. He was replaced by Han-Noah Massengo in stoppage time and he is likely to be given a start in his place.

What’s the latest team news for Sheffield United?

Sheffield United will be short on attacking options in this match as Oli McBurnie came off on Friday with a foot injury which could be soft tissue or ligament damage. Already David McGoldrick and Rhian Brewster have been ruled out for the rest of the season and experienced EFL front man Billy Sharp is not expected to play a part.

Sharp is a big miss given he is their top scorer with 14 goals and seven assists this season. Second to him in the scorers charts is Morgan Gibbs-White with nine strikes and also seven assists.

John Fleck missed out on the game against Reading with a groin issue but may return on Monday.

Form guide and head-to-head

One team is all but certain to win in this match as in the last 24 meetings, there has been just one draw and that was a goalless one back in October 2008. United lost in their last meeting to Ashton Gate which was in September 2018 but prior to that they had won their previous three matches.

For City, they don’t have the best record on Easter Monday and have lost their last three matches, whereas United are unbeaten in their last six.

One player who may be a thorn in Sheffield United’s side is Andreas Weimann who scored his first Football League hat-trick against them in March 2019.

Sheffield United hold the upper hand in all-time meetings as they have won 31 times compared to City's 16 and there have also been 11 draws. In the last meeting between the two Rhian Brewster and Billy Sharp scored in a 2-0 win for United.

Referee

Keith Stroud has been appointed referee and he will be assisted by Ian Cooper and Matthew Jones, with Paul Howard acting as the fourth official.

Stroud is from Hampshire and has mainly officiated in the Championship this season, taking charge of 29 games, showing 130 yellow cards and five reds. He was the referee in City’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea City back in February.

How to watch the match

As is the nature of the early evening kick-off, the game has been chosen for broadcast purposes and will be shown on Sky Sports. It will be shown on Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

Highlights will also be made available on each club’s YouTube channel as well.