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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Hungry Wolves could maul understrength Bristol City

Championship leaders looking good

Wolves have had plenty to shout about this season
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Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolves haven't tasted defeat since October and can extend their unbeaten run to 11 games by defeating promotion rivals Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The match feels like one of the biggest of the Championship season with a lot at stake for both teams.

City manager Lee Johnson has urged his side to 'do a job for the league' by dragging Wolves a bit closer to the chasing pack.

And his sentiments are probably accurate because a Wolves victory would increase the gap between the teams to 11 points.

Johnson would love to have had a full-strength squad to select from but that will not be the case with six players (Famara Diedhou, Eros Pisano, Milan Djuric, Callum O'Dowda, Jens Hegeler and Gary O'Neill) ruled out and Jamie Paterson and Nathan Baker rated doubtful.

City have had a tough December schedule playing six matches, including their memorable 2-1 success at home to Manchester United.

But they were not at their best in Tuesday's 2-0 win at home to Reading, losing the shot count 11 to nine, and the Wolves game could be when fatigue catches up with them.

Wolves picked up a couple of injuries during the 2-2 draw at Millwall on Tuesday with defender Willy Boly and striker Ivan Cavaleiro forced to leave the field.

But this is the time of the year when their squad depth can come into play.

Their top scorer, Leo Bonatini, should be fresh after starting the Millwall game on the bench and they have experienced defender Danny Batth waiting in the wings should Boly not make it.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have coped with most of the challenges put to them this season and they should come up with another three points against understrength City.

1pt 6-4 bet365, Betway, Hills

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Team news
Bristol City
Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Jamie Paterson left the pitch with minor injuries on Tuesday and will have to be assessed. Famara Diedhiou, Eros Pisano, Milan Djuric, Callum O'Dowda, Jens Hegeler and Gary O'Neill are ruled out.

Willy Boly and Ivan Cavaleiro are doubts after picking up minor injuries in the 2-2 draw at Millwall.

Key stat
Wolves have kept seven clean sheets in their last ten games.

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