Three recent meetings between Aston Villa and Cardiff City

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke (L) and Cardiff City's Ben Turner in action

Aston Villa host Cardiff City this weekend but who has the better of recent meetings between the two sides?

Dave Jones (L) - Cardiff City ManagerFormer Cardiff City and Aston Villa managers - Dave Jones (L) and Martin O'Neil (R)

Aston Villa take on Cardiff City at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon with both sides recently entering a resurgence under newly appointed, experienced bosses.

The home side are now unbeaten in six, despite starting the season very poorly and the recent run of form has seen them move to within five points of the Championship play-offs.

Cardiff City on the other hand, have seen slower progress after starting the season considerably worse then their rivals on Saturday. The Bluebirds are only four points behind Villa but currently find themselves in 21st, just one spot above the relegation zone.

 

The Bluebirds have a horrific record at Villa Park having not taken three points from the historic ground since December 1954. 

Cardiff haven't actually beaten Villa 1974 but the teams have only met three times since that old Division Two campaign.

Overall, Aston Villa are on top with 25 wins, compared to Cardiff's 19 wins - They have only shared six draws and one of those was the most recent of the meetings.

The two teams will meet for the 51st time this season and it's set to be a mouth-watering tie between Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock.

Here's how the last three meetings have played out;

Cardiff City 0-0 Aston Villa - February 2014 (Premier League)

Fraizer Campbell (R) of Cardiff City hits the postFraizer Campbell hits the post on a frustrating evening for both sides

The last time the two sides met, they couldn't be seperated and that was much to the thanks of Cardiff stopper David Marshall. The Scottish international pulled off a save which was later nomintaed as 'Save of the Season' to help keep the game score-less.

Cardiff City's David MarshallCardiff City's David Marshall delivers a Man of the Match performance as Cardiff hold on to a point

It wasn't all Villa, Cardiff had their chances and Fraizer Campbell was unlucky to be denied by the post. However, Villa certainly had the better of the opportunities and the home side will have been happier with the result.

The result was enough to give Cardiff a boost going into the latter stages of the season but they would be relegated by the end of the campaign.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesDavid Marshall pulled off arguably one of the best saves in Premier League history to secure a point

Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff City - November 2013 (Premier League)

Leandro Bacuna scores the first goal for Aston VillaLeandro Bacuna scores a long-range free-kick to send Villa Park into delirium

Aston Villa took three points at home against Cardiff in this first league meeting since 1975. The hosts took the lead through a superb long-distance free-kick from Leandro Bacuna, a strike which left David Marshall still and stunned on his goal-line.

Leandro Bacuna (C) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Aston VillaLeandro Bacuna celebrates with team mates after scoring Villa's first goal

Villa's win against the Bluebirds would be sealed by Libor Kozak and Malky Mackay's job would come under pressure shortly after the result. Mackay would lose his job for non-footballing reasons, but he had already lost the support of some supporters when results declined in the winter.

Cardiff manager Malky MackayThe Villa celebrations contine as Malky Mackay begins to lose his grip on the Cardiff City job

Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff City - September 2009 (League Cup)

Aston Villa's Habib Beye (C) in action against Cardiff City's Anthony Gerrard (L) and Joe LedleyAston Villa and Cardiff City meet in the League Cup but the Premier League club come out on top

Cardiff had it all to do against Aston Villa with their opponents still going strong in the Premier League, while they continued to push for promotion in the Championship.

Dave Jones took his side to Villa Park in 2009, in the League Cup and they performed without fear, despite the strength of the opposition.

Gabriel Agbonlahor (L) celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston Villa with John CarewGabriel Agbonlahor scores the crucial goal to dump Cardiff out of the cup

Gabriel Agbonlahor's goal would seperate the sides but the Bluebirds were desperately unlucky not to force the game into extra time. Jay Bothroyd stabbed home late-on only to see his goal denied by an offside flag - It was later confirmed as a questionable decision but Cardiff went home with their League Cup campaign over for the season.

Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd (R) scores a goal that is disallowedJay Bothroyd managed a late equaliser but the goal was seemingly wrongly denied by an offside flag

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