24 September 2020 20:38
The third round Carabao Cup tie at Ashton Gate will be akin to an old pal's reunion, such are the links between the opposing coaching staffs. Robins boss Dean Holden finished his playing career under Smith at Walsall before taking his first steps in coaching on the Saddlers staff alongside Richard O'Kelly and Neil Cutler, both of whom are now at Villa. In addition his assistant, former Wolves defender and Albion coach Keith Downing, is a long-time friend and confidante of Villa head coach Smith. But the former defender will happily tell you of how Smith's methods helped transform his outlook on the game, after arriving at Walsall in 2012 as something of a veteran on the lower league circuit following spells with Bolton, Oldham and Shrewsbury among others. "I haven't spoken to Dean this week, no," said Holden, who is aiming to continue a perfect record of four wins from four matches since stepping into the hot-seat.
They're a Premier League team and it's another big test for us." Downing was present at Villa Park on Monday to see Smith's team begin their Premier League season with a 1-0 win over Sheffield United. "I was really interested to see how they went against that 3-5-2 of Sheffield United – obviously similar to us," said Holden. They made changes in that first round game against Burton but we can't quite guess on the team they're going to put out." In terms of central defence, Smith may have little option with Ezri Konsa having felt his hamstring in the victory over the Blades and unlikely to be risked and Bjorn Engels still missing, Kortney Hause is expected to partner Tyrone Mings. Ahmed Elmohamady, Neil Taylor and Marvelous Nakamba are all likely to return to the team, with the biggest question being whether Smith opts to again field Jack Grealish from the start or give a full debut to Bertrand Traore. "We were straight back in to training on Tuesday and will be ready for the game." GET THE LATEST ROBINS NEWS STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX SIGN UP Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Whereas Bristol City are now four-games deep in their 2020/21 campaign, Aston Villa have played just matches in what has been a delayed start to their season.
Users will require a minimum internet download speed of 1.2mbps for standard definition, with latency not exceeding 100ms. For HD, users need an internet download speed of at least 4mbps with latency not exceeding 50ms. BBC Radio Bristol will also be providing commentary (not online) from Ashton Gate with their pre-match broadcast beginning at 18:00. We will also be providing full build-up, action and reaction via Bristol Live and on our dedicated match blog. Bristol City are without centre-back Tomas Kalas (shoulder) and Nathan Baker (hamstring), while midfielder Joe Williams, Liam Walsh (both thigh), Callum O'Dowda (groin) and Joe Morrell (calf) are also out.
Left-back Jay Dasilva has returned to training after a two-week absence with a shin issue, but the game is likely to be too soon. Villa centre-back Ezri Konsa has a slight hamstring issue which he played through against Sheffield United but won't be risked in BS3, while fellow defender Bjorn Engels has a thigh strain. Former Bristol City goalkeeper Tom Heaton and striker Wesley are recovering from serious knee ligament injuries and won't play any part. Aston Villa (4-3-3): Jed Steer; Ahmed Elmohamady, Kourtney Hause, Tyrone Mings, Neil Taylor; Marvelous Nakamba, Jacob Ramsey, Henri Lansbury; Bertrand Traore, Keinan Davis, Anwar El Ghazi Follow Bristol City Live on social media Keep up to all the latest from Ashton Gate via our Facebook page dedicated to the Robins You can also follow us on Twitter at @bristolcitylive Our Robins reporter Gregor MacGregor will also keep you up-to-date with all the goings-on at BS3 @GeeMacGee Bristol City head coach Dean Holden: "It's a competitive game we want to win. I'm not interested whether it's a league or cup games we just want to win the game. "They're a Premier League team, it's another big test for us and whoever goes out there from the start or off the bench are putting in good performances." Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: "It is another busy week. We were straight back in to training on Tuesday and will be ready for the game." Linington refereed three City games last season: the 2-1 home win over Charlton, the 1-0 victory at Reading and the 1-1 draw with Stoke at Ashton Gate after lockdown. He issued 74 yellow cards in 2019/20 - one every 2.46 games - and three reds, including Famara Diedhiou in that match against the Addicks. Bristol City win - 12/5 Aston Villa win - 11/10 Pat Lam says his side will need raise their game to the next level when they take on Bordeaux-Bègles in the semi-final of the European Challenge Cup on Friday night. Bet 1: Back BTTS in Bristol City v Aston Villa @ 13/20 - KO 19:00 BST This looks like a very competitive fixture, on paper at least, and I am expecting goals at both ends. In the last round of this competition, Villa conceded a goal in a 3-1 win at Burton, and while the Robins have kept three clean sheets in four competitive matches so far this term, they are yet to face a Premier League club. Dean Smith's men are far from defensively sound, but I certainly expect them to score at Ashton Gate. Bet 2: Back Liverpool to win both halves @ 11/10 - KO 19:45 BST It is abundantly clear that Jurgen Klopp won't play any of his first team players in this game, but the Reds have a pretty decent second string, which will be a mixture of fringe and promising youth players. The hosts have made a decent start to their League One campaign, but this is a big step up in opponent, and I can't even see them scoring a goal. City's second string to prove too strong Bet 3: Back Man City to win both halves @ 13/10 - KO 19:45 BST Similar to the above, even the second XI of Manchester City should be capable of winning both halves against a Bournemouth side that will also not view this competition as a priority. Zimbabwean midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has been named in the Aston Villa starting eleven for tonight's Carabao Cup third round clash against Bristol City. The 26-year-old was an unused substitute in the Claret and Blue's opening game of their 2020/21 Premier League campaign, a 1-0 win over Sheffield United. Here is the team selected by coach Dean Smith for the Bristol game, which kicks off at 20:00.