Villa and Wednesday look to extend their unbeaten runs
Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday – Villa Park
Steve Bruce will be looking to get one over Carlos Carvalhal once more this weekend. Bruce was in charge of Hull City when the Tigers beat Wednesday 1-0 in the 2015/16 playoff final. Both sides have got aspirations of Premier League football, however, it’s Villa that are making better progress after 15 games. Villa and Wednesday have each picked up four points from their last two games.
Carvalhal is under pressure to get Wednesday moving up the table. A narrow 2-1 win against Millwall in midweek keeps the Owls in touching distance of the playoffs. The win came thanks to a much-needed goal from Jordan Rhodes who ended a run of 24 league games without a goal. Wednesday’s surprise in-form player is Adam Reach. The wideman has had plenty of stick from Wednesday fans but his recent performances have silenced some of his critics. Wednesday’s biggest problem is their inability to play well for 90 minutes, it’s something that has plagued the Owls for much of the season.
Bruce will be without Jonathan Kodjia who missed the 2-0 win over Preston in midweek. Robert Snodgrass is in fine form for Villa, he along with Conor Hourihane will be looking to exploit Wednesday’s porous defence. Villa have beaten Wednesday in six of their last seven league encounters.
Villa won this fixture 2-0 in the last campaign and Sheffield Wednesday are going to have to show some mettle if they are to get anything out of tomorrow’s game. A win could take the visitors level with 7th placed Leeds United – results will have to go in the Owls’ favour, the Championship is such an unpredicatab league.
Villa are 11/10 for the win. Tomorrow’s visitors are 12/5. Odds of 5.2 are being offered for the draw (odds via Sky Bet).
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