A look at Bristol City's 2018/19 Fixture ListPosted on: 04 Jul 2018
When Bristol City famously knocked Manchester United of the Carabao Cup in front of a packed Ashton Gate crowd just a few days before Christmas in 2017, the side looked unbeatable and talk was underway about a push for automatic promotion to the Premier League thanks to their fine form. But, the wheels ended up falling off, and The Robins endured a difficult end to their Championship campaign, finishing eleventh, seven points off the playoff places. They'll certainly be looking to build on the positives of last season this time around, and we take a look at their 2018/19 fixture list below.
City start this year's Championship campaign with a home game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 4th August. Their transfer activity has been slightly hit and miss so far this Summer, with numerous players coming in including striker Andreas Weimann from Derby but 2017/18 top scorer Bobby Reid and fan favourite Aden Flint heading the other way, to Cardiff City and Middlesborough respectively. Nottingham Forest finished a disappointing 17th last season, so City should be expecting to kick things off with a win, but Forest are, of course, one of the biggest teams in the country and are certainly capable of a strong showing.
From there, Lee Johnson's side face challenges from Bolton, who narrowly escaped relegation to League One last season, Middlesborough, in a fixture that's likely to see Aden Flint come up against his old club for the first time, and an away game against QPR. Their busy August schedule also sees Plymouth Argyle return to Ashton Gate Stadium for the second season in a row in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
The first of the three relegated Premier League sides to come up against City is Swansea on Saturday 25th August, as Johnson and co. head to The Liberty Stadium looking to upset a side who will certainly be looking to bounce straight back up to the top division.
From there, the schedule is patchy, with some difficult fixtures in amongst a selection of winnable games that present a decent opportunity to pick up some points before the all-important festive period. It looks as though the first half of the season might be the best time for Championship sides to get some wins under their belts before a gruelling December, as City will play six fixtures that month, including three in just seven days against Derby (A), Brentford (H) and Rotherham (H).
After what happened in the second half of last season, you can't write off a Bristol City meltdown in 2018/19, regardless of how well they might do in the first. Lee Johnson will certainly be aware of how his campaign panned out last time around after such an encouraging start, and will surely have a contingency plan in place should we see signs of a repeat.
City are set to face a tricky end to the season too, with matches scheduled against West Brom, Aston Villa, Reading and Derby, all of whom are likely to be pushing for promotion at the top of the league. You never know though, they might just be fighting to catch up with The Robins. City's final game of the 2018/19 season will be played away at Hull City on Sunday 5th May.
It's anybody's guess how City will fare this season in The Championship, a notoriously tricky division and a league in which an ever-growing list of strong sides is battling for promotion to the Premier League promised land. New signing Andreas Weimann is definitely a statement of intent, and hopefully, there will be more to follow before the transfer window shuts on Thursday 9th August. See the full fixture list below:
Sat, Aug 4th – Nottingham Forest H
Sat, Aug 11th – Bolton Wanderers A
Tue, Aug 14th – Plymouth Argyle H (Carabao Cup Round 1)
Sat, Aug 18th – Middlesbrough H
Tue, Aug 21st – Queens Park Rangers A
Sat, Aug 25th – Swansea City A
Wed, Aug 29th – Carabao Cup Round 2
Sat, Sep 1st – Blackburn Rovers H
Sat, Sep 15th – Sheffield United H
Tue, Sep 18th – West Bromwich Albion A
Sat, Sep 22nd – Wigan Athletic A
Wed, Sep 26th – Carabao Cup Round 3
Sat, Sep 29th – Aston Villa H
Wed, Oct 3rd – Rotherham United A
Sat, Oct 6th – Sheffield Wednesday H
Sat, Oct 20th – Brentford A
Wed, Oct 24th – Hull City H
Sat, Oct 27th – Stoke City H
Wed, Oct 31st – Carabao Cup Round 4
Sat, Nov 3rd – Reading A
Sat, Nov 10th – Preston North End H
Sat, Nov 24th – Leeds United A
Wed, Nov 28th – Ipswich Town A
Sat, Dec 1st – Millwall H
Sat, Dec 8th – Birmingham City A
Sat, Dec 15th – Norwich City H
Wed, Dec 19th – Carabao Cup Round 5
Sat, Dec 22nd – Derby County A
Wed, Dec 26th – Brentford H
Sat, Dec 29th – Rotherham United H
Tue, Jan 1st – Stoke City A
Sat, Jan 5th – Emirates FA Cup R3
Wed, Jan 9th – Carabao Cup SF L1
Sat, Jan 12th – Bolton Wanderers H
Sat, Jan 19th – Nottingham Forest A
Wed, Jan 23rd – Carabao Cup SF L2
Sat, Jan 26th – Middlesbrough A (FAC4)
Sat, Feb 2nd – Swansea City H
Sat, Feb 9th – Blackburn Rovers A
Wed, Feb 13th – Queens Park Rangers H
Sat, Feb 16th – Birmingham City H (FAC5)
Sat, Feb 23rd – Norwich City A
Sun, Feb 24th – Carabao Cup Final
Sat, Mar 2nd – Preston North End A
Sat, Mar 9th – Leeds United H
Tue, Mar 12th – Ipswich Town H
Sat, Mar 16th – Millwall A (FACQF)
Sat, Mar 30th – Sheffield United A
Sat, Apr 6th – Wigan Athletic H (FACSF)
Tue, Apr 9th – West Bromwich Albion H
Sat, Apr 13th – Aston Villa A
Fri, Apr 19th – Reading H
Mon, Apr 22nd – Sheffield Wednesday A
Sat, Apr 27th – Derby County H
Sun, May 5th – Hull City A
Sat, May 18th – Emirates FA Cup Final
Mon, May 27th – Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final
Fixtures are subject to change.
Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He is keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends live music and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.