Sheffield Wednesday vs Aston Villa
Sky Bet Championship
15.00 – Saturday 24th January 2018
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield.
The Championship ‘rollercoaster‘ for Aston Villa rolls into Sheffield today when we take on the Blue half of the city, Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough Stadium.
Steve Bruce recently commented that his players need to enjoy the rollercoaster that is The Championship instead of fearing it as they bid to get back to winning ways following a defeat to Fulham and a home draw to Preston in the past seven days.
Villa has dropped to third in the division following the results over the past week, four points adrift of Cardiff but we shouldn’t be written off just yet. There will be plenty of ups and downs for all those in and around the promotion hunt as Wednesday’s rivals showed last night with a shock 1-0 defeat to Hull.
Sheffield Wednesday has had a poor season for their own standards in this division and finds themselves 16th in the Championship, just eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Recently their form has improved although Wednesday fans will admit themselves that they have a consistency problem. In February alone they have lost 2, drawn 1 and won 1 but also held Swansea to a 0-0 in the FA Cup last weekend.
Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah will miss today’s trip to Hillsborough but it is thought that both could return next weekend for our game against QPR.
Lewis Grabban (groin) and Keinan Davis (ankle) are both doubts and will have to be assessed. Axel Tuanzebe will definitely miss the trip though after injuring his hamstring.
Slightly better news, Robert Snodgrass is feeling much better after going off against Preston with illness while the faithful will be pleased to hear that youngster Callum O’Hare will travel and could feature.
Wednesday will be without Jordan Thorniley after being knocked unconscious in midweek and joins a very long injury that includes Keiren Westwood (groin surgery) and Sam Hutchinson (hernia).
Jordan Rhodes (illness) and Tom Lees (groin) have both returned to training and will be assessed ahead of the game. Marco Matias could also be in contention after completing a three-match ban.
- The last three meetings between these two have ended up with a 1-0 win. Villa has won twice and Wednesday just the once but the most recently last season.
- Wednesday will be hoping to do the double over Villa for the first time since 1996/97.
- The Owls have only managed to pick up 10 points from a possible 30 in their last 10 home games (W2, D4, L4).
- Villa has won 17 games this season, already one more than they achieved last season.
Villa has sold their full allocation, as you expect with our away games. 4,630 supporters will be heading to Hillsborough – a new official high for our away attendances this season.
Check out where all the fans will be drinking pre-match in our away day guide.
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