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Bristol City v Aston Villa

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Click here for live text coverage on Friday 19:15-22:00 BSTBristol City could welcome back striker Matty Taylor (groin) when Aston Villa visit Ashton Gate on Friday.On-loan forward Cauley Woodrow could make his debut, having been cup-tied for Tuesday’s EFL Cup win at Watford.Villa midfielder Josh Onomah (head injury) is expected to be fit to play, as Steve Bruce’s side bid for a third straight win in all competitions.

Striker Keinan Davis (hamstring) is doubtful, while midfielder Mile Jedinak (sickness) is likely to miss out.SAM’s predictionHome win – 40%Draw – 28%Away win – 32%SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:”It’s a great game, with the history of Aston Villa. It’s going to be a tough game. They are big-spenders.”I love these games, Friday night under the lights. The atmosphere will be electric. That’s what these players need to play football for.”Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce told BBC WM 95.6:”The biggest thing is we have got to stop being a rollercoaster. I’ve got to get it on a plain of equilibrium, if I can.”I didn’t think we were that bad at Reading but then all of a sudden the storm has become a hurricane. It was ridiculous.”Then we’ve had a couple of decent results, and here’s the euphoria again. I try to see the longer view. The squad we are putting together is very decent.”Match factsBristol City have alternated between victory and defeat in each of their past six league games against Aston Villa, losing last time out in February.The Villans have won three of their past four meetings with the Robins in all competitions, losing this exact fixture last term.The Robins have won their past five home league matches on a Friday, including both last season.Aston Villa have lost 10 of their past 13 away games in the league (W2 D1), including each of the past four.Conor Hourihane has scored in each of his last two games for Villa (4 goals). He hasn’t scored in three successive league games since December 2015 (four consecutive games).Bristol City have won five of their last seven Championship home games (D1 L1), scoring 15 goals (2.1 goals per game).
Source: BBC Black Country