Aston Villa vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sky Bet Championship
15:00 – Saturday 4th November 2017
Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa will welcome Sheffield Wednesday to B6 tomorrow for yet another big Championship fixture. Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has recently labelled Villa as the best team in the league so we must be prepared as he will have his side well up for this one.
Steve Bruce’s side sits fifth in the Championship, just five points off an automatic spot and six from top of the league. They are currently in fine form having lost one game in their last thirteen league games.
Wednesday have had a difficult start to the season with some even calling for Carvalhal to be sacked but I wouldn’t read too much into that and would fully expect them to be in or around the playoff positions come to the end of the season. They currently sit 15th in the Championship but only 6 points behind Villa in fifth.
Villa are still unbeaten at Villa Park this season having won four and drawn three while Wednesday’s away form has let them down so far with just one win away from home (D2, L4).
Jonathan Kodjia (ankle), Robert Snodgrass (rib) and Josh Onomah (groin) are all doubts for the home side and a decision will be made tomorrow.
Jack Grealish is available for selection after coming through three u23 games after recovering from a kidney injury. Henri Lansbury will also be available playing 90 minutes for the u23’s in a 6-0 win over Newcastle. Cal O’Hare will be knocking on the manager’s door also after continuing his impressive form this season scoring a hat-trick in that game.
Both Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andre Green are still some way off as Bruce described them as “not being close”.
Wednesday are unsure on the return of Daniel Pudil. He was described as not having any pain but Carvalhal is unsure if he will be match fit.
Fernando Forestieri is out and is not expected to return until January.
- These two sides shared the spoils last season, both winning their home games.
- Wednesday have failed to win at Villa Park since 1997 (D1, L3).
- Villa has lost once in their last eight meetings against Wednesday and that came last season at Hillsborough.
Tickets are believed to be selling well and Sheffield Wednesday usually travel well away from home so tomorrow could be the highest home attendance so far this season.
Tickets will still be available with adults from £20, Under 16’s from £5. Purchase tickets here.
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