Johnson set to test new formation

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson is set to unleash a new formation for the Championship opener against Preston at Deepdale on Saturday.

Last Updated: 07/08/09 at 16:27

Hartley: Set for debut

Hartley: Set for debut

Johnson has been using a 3-5-2 formation during pre-season and is set for a departure from his usual 4-4-2 shape for the new campaign.

He said: "I've played this system at some of my previous clubs and it's something we've been working on in training during pre-season.

"It's a system which can mess up the opposition and we can keep the ball a lot better."

Johnson's son Lee is struggling through illness so new signing Paul Hartley is set for a debut in midfield while Dean Gerken could make his first start in goal.

Another new boy Danny Haynes should start in attack alongside Nicky Maynard, with Scotland international David Clarkson another option.

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Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley  
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

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1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

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