As we are getting nearer to the Christmas period, teams all across the English leagues are preparing for one of the toughest runs of matches in order to fulfill their expectations at the end of the season. In the EFL Championship, the league table was also shaping itself up as the promotion-contenders had found themselves the most suitable spots to press for a spot in the Premier League next season. Two of them were the teams who faced off each other on Saturday evening, hoping to secure a positive result and maintained their hope.

In Fulham, they enjoyed a very successful period after secured four wins out of their latest five matches. This gave them a huge momentum before welcoming Bristol City to their home stadium along with the expectation of extending that winning streak up to five matches. For the visitor, things were a bit tougher as they suffered a devastating 4-1 loss to West Brom last week but they still enjoyed two wins and two draws in their last five matches.

With that in mind, many fans had expected this to be an interesting clash as it would create a push in both teams’ hope for promotion. This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of Bristol City’s 2-1 win over Fulham. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out the interesting tactical clash between Lee Johnson’s tactics and Scott Parker’s tactics.


The home side started in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation. With most of the squad fit for the game, Parker opted to fill his lineup with some of the best players that he had. As Harry Arter remained doubtful and missed out from the squad list, Stefan Johansen was the player who stepped into the lineup and paired up with captain Tom Cairney as Fulham’s central midfielders.

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