Aston Villa and Bristol City go into battle at Villa Park this afternoon in a key fixture in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race.

The home side currently occupy fifth spot in the league table while opponents Bristol City sit in sixth position, just one point behind The Claret and Blues with a game in hand.

Ahead of the match, The72 takes a look at the facts and figures which summarise previous meetings between these two clubs.

15 – Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will be looking to claim a 15th victory in just 31 matches in charge of the club against Bristol City this afternoon

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1979 – Bristol City’s last victory at Villa Park came in 1979 when they were 2-0 winners in an old Division One fixture

20 – Aston Villa’s number 20, Birkir Bjarnason’s first half injury time goal rescued a point for his side in their 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate in September

0 – The Claret and Blues have not conceded a goal against Bristol City in each of their last two meetings at Villa Park

4 – Bristol City are winless in four against Aston Villa, their last victory over The Villains coming at Ashton Gate in August 2016 when they won 3-1

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33 – There were 33 fouls committed when the two sides last met in September resulting in four yellow cards being issued by match referee Tim Robinson

21 – Aston Villa have scored 21 goals more than Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship this season but it is The Robins who boast the better defensive record

6 – The two sides have met in the domestic cups on six occasions with Villa winning four of those ties

12 – These two sides go into this afternoon’s match unbeaten in 12 matches combined. Villa haven’t lost in seven while Bristol City haven’t tasted defeat in five

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21 – Of the 43 competitive meetings between these two sides, Bristol City have lost 21 of those matches. Villa have been victorious on 10 occasions while 12 games have ended level

This afternoon’s fixture is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm and a large crowd is expected to swell Villa Park which will include over 2,600 visiting supporters.

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