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Pemberton eyes Bristol City job by beating West Brom in replay

| 19.01.2016

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | January 18, 2016

Bristol City v West Bromwich Albion

  • FA Cup third round replay
  • Tuesday, January 19th
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
  • Ashton Gate, Bristol
  • Live on BT Sport 2

Robins to put league form to one side

Championship strugglers Bristol City will be aiming to give fans something to cheers about this season when they host Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion in this FA Cup third round replay.

Caretaker coach John Pemberton has already worked wonders in his first match in charge since Steve Cotterill got he boot, as he oversaw the relegation zone-occupied Robins to a shock 1-0 win over table-toppers Middlesbrough.

Pemberton is also seeking the position on a permanent basis, and he will certainly have a strong case if he can upset top-flight team West Brom, who they are 6/5 with Coral to defeat (27/10 in normal time).

Bristol City v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship - Ashton Gate

Hosts have in-form attackers

The club will certainly be in confident mood after their triumph over Boro and 2-2 draw with a strong-look Baggies at The Hawthorns, and will be hoping scorers that day Jonathan Kodjia and Kieran Agard can fire home again.

French frontman Kodjia leads the way for the Robins this season with 10 goals to his name, and is 7/4 to net anytime, while former Rotherham United forward and Everton youth player Agard (2/1) came on as a sub to strike.

Captain Aaron Wilbraham has scored six times this term, meanwhile, and so can be backed at 7/4 too in the same market.

Berahino set to miss tie?

For the visitors, it seems they will be without wantaway star Saido Berahino and James Morrison, who both netted at Ashton Gate, with the former reportedly the subject of high interest from other clubs and the latter out injured.

West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City - Emirates FA Cup - Third Round - The Hawthorns

Instead, Rickie Lambert and Jose Salomon Rondon look likely to lead the line once more, and are respective 2/1 and 7/4 shouts in the anytime market.

West Brom, despite losing most recently in the league to Southampton 3-0, are in decent form, having won two of their last four top-flight fixtures and drawn the other with Chelsea.

It is understandable why the Baggies, therefore, are the 11/10 match favourites, and odds-on shouts to qualify at 8/13, though a draw in normal time at 23/10 is quite possible.


Check out more from our FA Cup archive.

Coral’s top tip: Despite being in the Championship relegation zone, Bristol City recently beat table-toppers Middlesbrough and so are 27/10 to defeat West Brom in 90 minutes too.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.