On Saturday Rangers, fresh from the midweek victory over Swansea City, welcome Bristol City for the 36th league encounter between the two teams at Loftus Road. The first game was back on the 16th December 1922 when the visitors went back home celebrating a 2-1 victory. In the early games between the two clubs Bristol had the upper hand, and it took Rangers 6 attempts before they finally beat the team from Ashton Gate. This has now turned around as we haven`t lost against our visitors in the last 8 encounters, the last Bristol victory coming on 26th April 1977.
HEAD TO HEAD
At Loftus Road: Rangers wins 19, City wins 7, Drawn 9: R`s Goals 19 : City Goals 9
Only 1 game has ended goal less
Rangers have failed to score 6 times : City have failed to score 12 times
Highest Win: Rangers 5-0 (Dec 1936) : City 2-0 (3 times – last Mar 1938)
Most frequent Rangers win: 1-0 (5 Times)
Most frequent Rangers loss: 0-2 (3 times)
Most frequent draw: 1-1 (6 times)
RANGERS AT HOME THIS SEASON
At Loftus Road this season Rangers record reads:
Won 10 Drawn 5 Lost 4 Goals For 23 Goals Against 16
In the last 6 games:
Won 1 Drawn 3 Lost 2 Goals For 3 Goals Against 5
Of our 19 games at home we have kept 8 clean sheets but failed to score in 5 of the games, including 3 of the last 6 games.
Best win : 4-1 v Southampton
Worst defeat: 1-3 v Ipswich
Most frequent score: 1-0 (4 times)
BRISTOL CITY AWAY THIS SEASON
Won 8 Drawn 8 Lost 8 Goals For 21 Goals Against 21
In the last 6 games:
Won 4 Drawn 0 Lost 2 Goals For 10 Goals Against 5
In their 19 games away from home City have kept 9 clean sheets but failed to find the net in 8 games.
Best Win : 4-2 at Watford
Worst defeat: 2-4 at Crystal Palace
Most frequent score: 0-0,2-0 (3 times)
TIMES OF GOALS
Rangers have scored 23 goals at home : 11 before half time and 12 after.
We have conceded 16 goals : 6 before half time and 10 after.
Most goals scored : 76 to 90 mins (7) or 16 to 30 mins (6)
Most Goals Conceded : 61 to 75 mins (4)
Bristol City on the road:
City have scored 21 goals away : 9 before half time and 12 after
They have conceded 21 goals: 8 before half time and 13 after
Most goals scored : 46 to 60 mins ;61 to 75 mins; 76 to 90 mins (all 5)
Most Goals Conceded : 46 to 60 mins ; 61 to 75 mins (both 5)
Rangers leading scorers at Loftus Road: Blackstock (9)
Bristol leading scorers away: Adebola (4), Maynard (3)
Rangers` home form against teams currently in the top 8 this season is:
Won 4 Drawn 2 and lost 1 Goals For 7 Goals Against 4
In fact none of the top 8 only Burnley and Preston have managed to score at Loftus Road, and both scored twice against us.
Bristol`s away form against mid table teams this season is:
Won 2 Drawn 1 and lost 3 Goals For 10 Goals Against 10
Rangers at home: 26 Yellow – Leigertwood (4)
Red – Leigertwood
Bristol away: 26 Yellow – Orr (4)
Red – None
History shows that Loftus road is not a very happy hunting ground for Bristol City, as 9 goals in 35 visits shows. Rnagers will be buoyed by their midweek victory and I fully expect them to keep the momentum going on Saturday, after a goal less first half.
LENNY`S PREDICTION: Rangers 2-1
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