Lee Johnson expects Rovers to arrive at Ashton Gate with an attack-minded approach.

Bristol City were beaten 2-1 by Millwall in midweek, the second time they have been beaten at home this season, but have enjoyed a strong start to the campaign.

Johnson’s side sit fourth in the division and host a Rovers side looking for what would be a stand-out victory of the season.

The City boss has highlighted a number of threats in the Rovers ranks, but is an admirer of the partnership of Corry Evans and Lewis Travis in the middle of the park that has helped Tony Mowbray’s side to 10 wins in the 14 matches in which they have been paired together.

“No, totally different approach. They’ve got a lot of attack minded players, like to recycle the ball,” Johnson said.

“They could potentially play with Stewart Downing at left back which shows their attacking intent.

“They’ve got some good players: Rothwell, Dack, Graham, I’ve always liked the two midfielders, Man City’s centre half (Tosin Adarabioyo) on loan has been doing well.

“What they are is an established eleven, they know each other’s game, been together a while, they’ve had a promotion, had another year in the Championship, spent money on top without losing players. Nice consistency.”

Johnson had hoped to be able to call on the services of record signing, central defender Tomas Kalas, who hasn’t featured in the last month.

But the Czech Republic international looks set to be missing again, with Johnson explaining: “He’s our record signing for a reason, I’m looking forward to getting him back.

“That’s part of the reason you get frustrated in moments like that last night because I know he would have made a difference.

“He’s a warrior he wants to be out there but the medical team at the moment are saying it’s too dangerous.”