The Robins have prevailed in each of their four matches in all competitions, while Villa have recently defeated Burton Albion and Sheffield United.
Villa have been far from perfect in their opening fixtures this season, needing late goals to overcome League One Burton and benefitting from a controversial red card against Sheffield United on Monday night.
Nevertheless, at a time when Villa are attempting to reach the EFL Cup final for a second successive year and establish themselves higher up the Premier League table, Dean Smith will not care one bit.
The West Midlands outfit found themselves playing catch-up for the majority of the last campaign, but an array of new signings have put the club on a different trajectory.
With Fulham to follow next Monday, this feels like an important period for Smith and his players, who will be motivated to maintain their promising start to the season.
The same applies to Dean Holden and his Bristol City side after their victories over Coventry City and Stoke City in the Championship.
There were question marks over whether Holden was the right appointment for the Robins, especially when so many established names were linked with the post at Ashton Gate.
However, their brilliant 2-0 win away at Stoke on Sunday afternoon has left Bristol City as one of just three clubs who have started the new second-tier season with back-to-back victories.
In total, 10 goals have been scored during their four games in all competitions, strikes which have been shared between seven players in the squad.
Bristol City EFL Cup form: WW
Bristol City form (all competitions): WWWW
Aston Villa EFL Cup form: W
Aston Villa form (all competitions): WW
Smith has already confirmed that new arrival Bertrand Traore will make his Villa debut on Thursday evening.
Holden will also make major alternations to his Bristol City XI, which could include Chris Brunt being handed his first start since his summer move.
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Vyner, Moore, Mawson; Sessegnon, Palmer, Brunt, Nagy, Eliasson; Semenyo, Diedhiou
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Steer; Elmohamady, Konsa, Hause, Taylor; Hourihane, Nakamba, Lansbury; Traore, Davis, El Ghazi
We say: Bristol City 1-2 Aston Villa
Although both managers will inevitably make changes, this should still prove to be a competitive encounter. While a penalty shootout may be required to settle this contest, do not be surprised if Villa end up prevailing by a narrow margin.