Bristol City vs West Ham – Match preview and team news

League One promotion contenders Bristol City will fancy their chances of causing an FA Cup upset as they welcome West Ham United to Ashton Gate.

In charge of the Robins since December 2013, manager Steve Cotterill has assembled the strongest squad in League One and they have showed remarkable consistency throughout the campaign thus far, only losing three games to ensure they lie second in the table behind rivals Swindon Town, who have played a game more.

Most of City’s strengths this season have been in attacking areas, with the FA Cup’s youngest ever player Luke Freeman providing the ammunition for summer signings Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham. Former Arsenal youth team captain Jay Emmanuel-Thomas also represents a major threat.

As for West Ham, they enter this fixture in good form themselves, having won impressively last time out against Hull City through a much-improved second half display. Manager Sam Allardyce would be particularly disappointed to go out here after all the effort that went into seeing off Everton in round three.

Should Andy Carroll be named in the starting XI, he will be involved in a fascinating duel with giant City central defender Aden Flint, but one area where the visitors should have the edge is the pace on the flanks provided by Matt Jarvis and Enner Valencia.

The home side have doubts over both Agard and Wilbraham, while recent loan signing James Tavernier is cup-tied. West Ham are without James Collins and Diafra Sakho.

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