Crunch clash is ‘Friends Reunited’

By Graham Hill

IT may be a top six battle when Bristol City come to town on Saturday – but there will also be a reunion for several players on show

Striker Andi Weimann and defender Nathan Baker will be part of Lee Johnson’s squad.

And Villa strikers Tammy Abraham and Jonathan Kodjia have also played for Bristol City.

It is a meeting between two of the division’s form sides – and it is no surprise to see that Villa Park is sold out with a crowd that will put many Premier League games in the shade.

And City boss Lee Johnson is also looking forward to pitting his wits against the newly crowned Manager of the Month Dean Smith.

Johnson told Bristol Live: “Yeah, he’s a great manager.

”I’ve played against him a number of times since he’s been at Walsall and he’s always caused problems tactically and whatever level he’s at – and obviously now he’s at a top club he can influence the game.

“I think he’s a brilliant young English manager.

“I really like to see young English managers doing well and he’s got a fantastic club there that he’s a part of and a supporter of – and that will come with its own positives and negatives.

“But obviously the run they’re on is very good and they’ve got top players.

It’s a big game for us and one where really we’ve got to go there and enjoy it rather than worry about it.”

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