Aston Villa vs Brentford
Sky Bet Championship
15.00 – Saturday 9th September 2017
Villa Park, Birmingham
We return to domestic football today as Aston Villa welcome Dean Smith and his Brentford team to Villa Park as the Championship season can finally continue following another boring International break.
Steve Bruce’s men will be hoping to continue with their form just before the break as they are currently unbeaten in three games (W2, D1). Brentford, on the other hand, is still searching for their first League win of the season but will be encouraged after their draw with high flying Wolves before the break.
Aston Villa starts the weekend 18th in the Championship on 5 points while Brentford starts 23rd with just 2 points.
Steve Bruce is happy that he virtually has a fully fit squad going into this game. He has confirmed that Keinan Davis will continue up-front after impressing in his first two appearances in a Villa shirt.
Both Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak are back in training but it is thought that today will come too soon for Kodjia. He is expected to play a part for the u23’s on Monday and could be involved in some capacity in Tuesday night’s game against Middlesbrough.
Jedinak, on the other hand, has been back in training for two weeks but will lack match practice. Bruce has stated that the Australian midfielder is eager to get going this season but don’t be surprised if he is only on the bench today.
Both Alan Hutton and Chris Samba (knee) have both been declared fit leaving Jack Grealish the only long term casualty as he continues to recover from his Kidney injury.
New signing Robert Snodgrass will be pushing for a start.
Brentford has Sergi Canos available following an ankle injury and could hand him his first appearance of the season.
John Egan and Andreas Bjelland could be set to step into the back four following the departures of Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin.
- Brentford has failed to beat Aston Villa in all five meetings at Villa Park (D3, L2).
- Aston Villa has only lost 1 in their last 10 games at Villa Park (W7, D2).
- Brentford has failed to keep a clean sheet in 14 away games in the Championship.
- Since the start of last season, Conor Hourihane has been involved in more goals than any other Championship midfielder (11 goals, 14 assists).
There are still tickets available with around 30,000 expected at Villa Park.
Adults tickets are available from £20, Under 16’s from £5. Purchase tickets here.
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