Bristol City finished 14th in the Championship last season, 10 points off the playoff places but 15 points clear of the relegation zone, in what was an unremarkable second full season in charge for manager Nigel Pearson.
The Robins finished 17th in the previous campaign, so there was a little bit of progress last year, but Pearson will be hoping they can make more of a push for the top six in the upcoming campaign.
Pearson’s side have only played one pre-season game up to this point, running out 6-2 winners against Torquay United on Saturday, in what was a solid start to their preparations for the 2023-24 season.
City’s next task is against slightly better opposition, with Swindon Town currently playing two divisions higher than Torquay, but they did not fare well in their last pre-season match.
Indeed, Swindon suffered a defeat against Swansea City on Saturday, which is not too alarming in and of itself, but the manner of it will be a little disappointing, given that they were on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing.
That said, Swansea will be playing in the Championship next season, and the Robins have looked more impressive in their other pre-season matches, recording a 2-0 win against Swindon Supermarine, and a 5-0 victory against Melksham Town.
Michael Flynn was appointed as manager at the start of May, and he will be hoping to build a side capable of battling for promotion next season, ahead of the club’s third consecutive season in League Two.
Swindon did not manage to push for the playoffs last season, eventually finishing in 11th place, 14 points short of the top seven, so they will need to improve considerably if they are to return to the third tier next season.
Indeed, Moyes’s side will also face off against Dagenham & Redbridge, Rennes and Bayer Leverkusen in exhibition games this summer, but they have gone winless in their last four Premier League contests versus Tottenham, who may still accept a few pointers from their London rivals when it comes to adding to their silverware cabinet.