Bristol City vs Aston Villa: Villa must overcome poor Ashton Gate form to advance to next round in the Carabao Cup

After last season’s journey to the League Cup Final and given that it was the last major trophy we won – albeit nearly a quarter of a century ago – Villa have something of an affinity with the competition we were inaugural winners of back in 1961.

After vanquishing League One Burton Albion in the second round last week, we’re straight back into action in the third round tonight against Championship side Bristol City.

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Calling on the Villa family: help put an end to football’s addiction to gambling

Our Premier League opener against Sheffield United this evening will be a big moment for me – and not just for what happens on the pitch.

This will be the first time in my recovery from gambling addiction that I will be watching the club I love play a league match without a gambling sponsor on the front of our shirt.

This is also the first season I can enjoy as an adult without being plagued by an illness that drove me to within a hair’s breadth of taking my own life.

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