Bristol City are looking to prevent Aston Villa from equalling a 44-year record when the two sides meet at Villa Park in the Sky Bet Championship this afternoon.
Villa have not won eight competitive matches on the spin since they were cruising to promotion from the old Division Two back in 1975, a season which also saw them lift the League Cup and in-turn, qualify for Europe.
The class of 2019 can equal the winning sequence of that famous Villa side this afternoon when they face Bristol City in a huge clash in the Sky Bet Championship in B6.
Their opponents arrive at Villa Park with no fear. Lee Johnson’s Bristol City side have quietly gone about their business in the second tier this year and now look likely to end the season with a play-off place. The Robins can certainly mix it with the big boys after running league leaders Norwich City to the wire at Carrow Road last month while they were 3-2 winners against a Sheffield United side who are chasing automatic promotion just a fortnight ago. Add those two performances to the one witnessed in the 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion in midweek and latest opponents Villa should be very cautious of The Robins’ threat ahead of this afternoon’s meeting.
The key to Bristol City causing a stir in The Midlands could be dealing with Aston Villa’s attacking qualities. The Robins have conceded 13 goals less than Dean Smith’s side this season, however, they must find a way of stopping Villa’s deadly attack with the club having netted nine goals in their last three games.
Villa’s current run is similar to the journey which Fulham took last season and ultimately won them promotion to the English Premier League but make no doubt about it, Bristol City are not at Villa Park just to make up the numbers and they have the quality at both ends of the pitch to cause the home side problems and threaten the end of that excellent winning run.