Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men will be hoping to bounce back from the 3-0 South Wales derby loss to Swansea with a home win to help them climb out of the regulation zone. The prospects look bright as they now go into a run of winnable fixtures, but they will need to start with a win against the Villans this week. Jordan Mutch, who came on as a late substitute, should replace Kim Bo-Kyung while Kenwyne Jones should keep his starting berth up front.
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan, Bacuna, Clark, Baker, Bertrand, El Ahmadi, Westeood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Last weekend saw the long anticipated return of Gabriel Agbonlahor, however two Kevin Nolan goals didn’t make it a happy return for the pacey Englishman. The Villans hover in mid-table, but with the Premier League so tight this year a few bad results could pull them into the mix. Paul Lambert’s side is one of the few teams that perform better away from home (16 points compared to 11) and will hope to deal a blow to Cardiff’s survival plans.
Cardiff are yet to win back to back Barclays Premier League home games since their promotion.
Aston Villa have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions against Cardiff City (W7 L1).
In Aston Villa’s last 11 Premier League away games they have either conceded exactly two goals (seven times) or kept a clean sheet (four times).
Nine different players have scored for Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium this season, but only one of these has netted more than once there (Fraizer Campbell – 4).
Cardiff have lost five of their last six Premier League games, four of which have come under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (W1).
Aston Villa have lost seven of their last 11 Premier League games, winning just twice in this run (W2 D2 L7).
Cardiff City have conceded a Premier League-high nine headed goals in 2013-14 so far.
Cardiff have conceded the most goals in the final 15 minutes of PL games this season, both in total (18) and proportion (41%).
47% of Cardiff’s goals this season (nine of 19) have come from crosses – a league-high proportion.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored against 32 of the 33 different clubs that he has scored against in the Premier League (only failing to score v C.Palace). He is yet to face Cardiff City, however.