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Bristol City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 26th December 2020, k.o. 3pm BST
Sky Bet Championship
A three-point remedy is top of the wishlist for both clubs this Christmas for on and off-field reasons, with City - nursing a run of five defeats from seven - receiving the disappointing news on Wednesday that Bristol's plunge into Tier 3 of Covid restrictions will rob them of the chance to welcome fans into Ashton Gate for this Boxing Day fixture.
Dean Holden's men kicked off the campaign with four straight wins but - apart from a three-game winning blitz in November - have tailed off in recent times, not aided by a devastating injury list which left them without 10 first-teamers for the unfortunate 1-0 loss at Preston last weekend.
Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth can sympathise, having had to cope with the absence of several key players in recent weeks, but they looked good value for three points in their last outing against Queens Park Rangers and had to settle for one after Anis Mehmeti's classy first professional goal.
These sides haven't met in the league since 2004 but the Robins have been victorious in two subsequent League Cup clashes, most recently in 2016, while Wycombe's two wins to date at Ashton Gate both came in 2001. Guy Whittingham struck an injury-time winner in April for the relegation-threatened Chairboys before Jermaine McSporran sealed victory in October after a delayed start due to the Blues' late arrival following traffic on the M4.
Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from Wanderers' 1-1 draw with QPR:
Meanwhile, City went down 1-0 at Preston:
Wycombe remain without the suspended Alex Pattison but the long-awaited week's rest from action has given Dominic Gape, Curtis Thompson, Dennis Adeniran, Anthony Stewart and Ryan Tafazolli every chance to put themselves in contention for the trip west.
The Robins can welcome Famara Diedhiou back after suspension, but Chris Brunt, Jamie Paterson, Jay Dasilva, Alfie Mawson, Nathan Baker, Steven Sessegnon, Andi Weimann, Liam Walsh and Joe Williams have all been sidelined through injury.
Man in the Middle
Keith Stroud has shown 42 yellow cards and one red in his 17 games so far this season, and took charge of the 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday in October.
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