It feels a lot long longer than five days since we suffered our first home defeat of the season against Sheffield Wednesday. Jack Grealish has signed a new deal and the press is starting to turn on manager Steve Bruce. A trip to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City is probably one of the last games the manager would have liked.
It is no secret that there is a bit of friction between Bristol manager Lee Johnson and the Villa faithful. I am not sure what it is but the 37-year-old manager always seems to try and have a dig at our club. You would have thought he learn his lesson after his 5-0 drumming last season.
Bristol sits just outside the playoff positions in 8th position. A win could see them rise as high as third. Villa is currently 13th and a win could see them climb as high as 4th.
Bristol City has announced that it will be their largest crowd of the season so far. Villa has sold out their full allocation of 2,661. The game will now kick off 15 minutes later at 8 pm and is live on Sky Sports Football (Red button).
Bristol lost some big players during the summer. They include Aden Flint, Bobby Reid and of course Joe Bryan. We all remember that quite publicized transfer rumour. And of course, Johnson used it as an opportunity to have a pop at us again.
City got off to a slow start this season, failing to win in each of their opening three league games. Four wins followed before back to back defeats to West Brom and Wigan.
They have averaged 52% of possession in games so far this season, which has also included a 72.5% pass success rate. With an average of 13.9 shots per game and 12.4 tackles.
ONE TO WATCH
Just like against Sheffield Wednesday, the one to watch is a former Villan. Andreas Weimann. Still a fan favourite it Aston Villa, he joined Bristol City in a deal said to be worth around £2million from Derby, during the summer.
The 26-year-old has got off to a flying start scoring 5 goals in 9 appearances. He is averaging a goal every 160 minutes for the Robins.
Scott Hogan is still a week away from first-team football. Bruce has stated the striker is getting better but isn’t quite ready yet. Keinan Davis is thought to be a week or so behind Hogan.
The chances of Yannick Bolasie are very close. Bruce said it is imminent that he will start either tonight or on Tuesday.
HEAD TO HEAD
Aston Villa and Bristol City have met on 42 occasions. Villa has won 21 of the meetings. Bristol City with 11 wins and 10 draws.
The first-ever meeting took place in February 1900 in the FA Cup. Bristol City came out winners with a 5-1 victory.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Predicted XI: Nyland, Elmohammady, Chester, Tuanzebe, Hutton, McGinn, Jedinak, Hourihane, Grealish, Kodjia, Abraham.
Kick Off: 20.00
TV: Sky Sports Football
Tickets sold: Sold out
Odds: Bristol 6/4 Draw 23/10 Villa 9/5 (Coral)