Rovers boss impressed with the start the Robins have made.
As Rovers prepare for their first visit to Ashton Gate for over 20 years later this afternoon, boss Steve Kean is expecting another close encounter.
Rovers have had a solid if not spectacular start to their npower Championship campaign, but they can lay down a real marker if they come away from Bristol with a positive result.
Kean has been impressed with what he's seen of City so far this season, and on home soil they have proved to be a tough nut to crack with two wins from their two games at Ashton Gate.
"I like the way they play, they play good football," said the Rovers boss.
"They mix it up, they've got a good balance within their side, they can pass the ball and if they have to go long they have the likes of Jon Stead, who obviously was here a number of years ago, and Sam Baldock.
"So they can mix up their game and play in a few different ways.
"I know Derek (McInnes) and I know he's a good coach and it is no surprise to me that they have made a good start and it isn't going to an easy game thats for sure, we expect another difficult match.
"The way they like to play they are going to be trying to get possession of the ball, I don't think they'll be sitting back and hitting it long.
"They're another big club that we are facing, their fans will get behind their side as they've made a good start to the season and we know it will be a tough game.
"They've got some good players, but we feel that we can go into the game with confidence."
Tickets will be available from the away turnstiles at Ashton Gate priced at £25 for Adults, £20 for Seniors 65 and over, and £12 for Juniors aged under 16.
For supporters who aren't travelling to see the game, listen to full uninterrupted commentary of the match on Rovers Player.