Bristol City vs Aston Villa preview: How to watch, kick off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Bristol City come into the match in fine form, having won their first two Championship fixtures. After dispatching Exeter City 2-0 in the EFL Cup first round they thumped Northampton 4-0 in Round two last week. The Robins have won all four of their matches this season, conceding only once, and will hope to cause an upset on Thursday night.

Aston Villa returned to league action on Monday night, with a 1-0 success over Sheffield United. An early red card for Blades defender John Egan looked to have given Villa the advantage, but it took a penalty save from Villa debutant Emi Martinez to prevent Chris Wilder's men from taking a surprise lead. In the second half, a header from Villa centre half Ezri Konsa was enough to give the Birmingham-based side all three points.

Ones to watch

Pacy frontman Nakhi Wells will be looking to give Villa problems in defence, having already registered his first goal of the season in Bristol City's 2-0 away win at Stoke City.

New Villa forward Ollie Watkins will be keen to add to his strike in the previous round. The summer signing found the net from close range in Villa's 3-1 success at Burton, and could keep his scoring run going should he start on Thursday night.

Team news

Bristol City have a number of players unavailable for selection through injury. Nathan Baker, Niki Maenpaa, Liam Walsh and Joe Williams all remain long-term absentees.

For Aston Villa, Bjorn Engels still remains sidelined with a thigh issue. Tom Heaton and Wesley are out with long-term knee problems. Ezri Konsa may also be rested, after potentially picking up a niggle during the Sheffield United match.

Predicted lineups

Bristol City (3-5-2): Bentley, Mawson, Moore, Vyner, Rowe, Weimann, Bakinson, Paterson, Hunt, Wells, Semenyo.

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Nyland, Taylor, Mings, Hause, Elmohamady, McGinn, Nakamba, Lansbury, Grealish, Watkins, El-Ghazi.

Managers' Comments

Speaking to the Bristol Post, Dean Holden praised Villa's quality, but suggested his team are up for a fight:

"They’re a good team, a Premier League team with a great squad. They made changes in that first game against Burton but we can’t quite guess on the team they’re going to put out.

"But again the focus will be on us. The guys that played in the last round against Northampton in particular performed really well and they’ll get another opportunity."

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was in good spirits when questioned on Konsa's potential injury before Thursday's clash: 

"I was told about that. If he had tweaked his hamstring and he played like that I might have to go and get mine tweaked as well!"

How to watch:

To follow the game, head to either club's website to purchase an "iFollow" match pass. The game kicks off at 7pm BST on Thursday.