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Having played just one game since December 11, Marco Silva and his Fulham squad will be relieved to get back on the pitch on Saturday afternoon.
However, the Portuguese is aware of the importance of this game with the West Londoners not experiencing a victory since November 20, their last win of a seven-game streak.
Four draws and a defeat at home to Sheffield United have been recorded since then, and Fulham now sit four points adrift of Championship leaders Bournemouth with two matches in hand.
Despite the comeback win against Millwall, Pearson will make changes to his Bristol City starting lineup with youngster Ryley Towler dropping out of the defence.
Ayman Benarous, Cameron Pring and Antoine Semenyo may also be replaced, with Rob Atkinson, Han-Noah Massengo, Jay Dasilva and Chris Martin all potentially being given game time.
Andy King returns after suspension and could replace Matty James, but George Tanner remains absent with a hamstring injury.
While being conscious of the trip to Reading coming on Tuesday, Silva is still expected to name a strong team for this fixture.
Rodrigo Muniz may get the nod over Aleksandar Mitrovic, while Paulo Gazzaniga, Denis Odoi, Tom Cairney and Bobby Decordova-Reid are all options in different areas of the pitch.
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
O’Leary; Vyner, Kalas, Atkinson, Silva; King, Scott, Massengo; Weimann, Martin, O’Dowda
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Odoi, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Cairney; Wilson, Carvalho, Reid; Muniz
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Even with this fixture taking place in the FA Cup, Silva knows that it is an opportunity to get back on track ahead of a favourable schedule in the short term.
The corresponding game in the league took place on September 25, Bristol City coming from behind to earn a share of the spoils at Ashton Gate.