Aston Villa and Bristol City go head-to-head at Villa Park this afternoon with both clubs keen to take another step forward in their respective bids to secure a place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

The pair are in excellent form with Villa having won each of their last seven matches while Lee Johnson’s Bristol City side are unbeaten in their last five fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship.

Villa go into the match without long-term absentee Lovre Kalinic while this afternoon’s match will come too early for defender Tommy Elphick. Full-back Tyrone Mings is suspended following his red card in the 2-1 win at Rotherham United on Wednesday evening.

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Kortney Hause faces a late fitness test on his recent hip problem and is rated at 50-50 while experienced defender Alan Hutton is poised for a return.

Bristol City arrive at Villa Park on the back of a thrilling 3-2 victory over play-off rivals West Bromwich Albion at Ashton Gate in midweek. Manager Johnson has no new injury concerns to contend with following that match.

Goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa is still a couple of weeks away from being in contention while The Robins continue to be without the services of midfielders Korey Smith and Callum O’Dowda.

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Bristol City are making just their fourth visit to Villa Park since 1979.  Those 40 years have passed without a victory in B6 and another keenly contested clash is anticipated this afternoon in-front of a bumper crowd.

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