Aston Villa makes the short trip to Burton on Saturday, searching for their eighth victory in nine games.
Bruce’s boys have impressed in recent weeks with their professionalism in winning at all costs, not conceding once in those eight victories.
Tuesday’s victory against Queens Park Rangers proved that with a back to the wall defensive showing in the second half that was so solid QPR didn’t really have a clear cut opportunity.
Once again Jonathan Kodjia delivered the goal to give the Villans the three points with a fine finish. The Ivory Coast international has been integral this season, his goal on Tuesday taking his tally to eighteen goals in his debut season.
The 27-year-old is currently enjoying a purple patch, having found the net five times in his last four appearances and will know doubt be vital if Villa is to enhance their away record this season on Saturday.
Having won only four times on the road this season, Bruce’s boys will be looking to make that five when they arrive at the Pirelli Stadium.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Gabriel Agbonlahor returned to training at the end of last week but both are still not expected to play a part at Burton.
Jack Grealish returned to the bench last Saturday after a knee injury but has yet to get on the field of play in the last two games.
Leandro Bacuna returned to action after suspension and is expected to continue after impressing and setting up Kodjia’s winner on Tuesday.
Burton manager Nigel Clough is set to be without right-back John Brayford for the visit of Villa. The full back clashed with his own team mate in the defeat at Newcastle United in midweek and is set to miss out
Clough can call on Lloyd Dyer, Michael Kightly and Cauley Woodrow though after they sat out of Wednesday’s defeat.
- Villa has won their last two away games, 2-0.
- The game is the first time that the teams have met in competitive action at the Pirelli Stadium.
- Burton has won two of their last four home games.
- After starting the season by drawing seven of their first 11 games, Villa hasn’t drawn a game in their last 13. Winning seven and losing six.
Home Win: 23/10
Away Win: 11/8
First Scorer: Jonathan Kodjia 10/3, Scott Hogan 5/1, Cauley Woodrow 15/2.
Aston Villa has sold out their allocation and will be roared on by 1,580 fans.
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