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03 Nov

Aston Villa v Sheffield Wed Live Stream Championship

This is a big match for both clubs. Villa has been gradually improving, sitting in 5th, while they have cut out their losing habit with a single loss in six games. The Owls, though, are in rather worse nick; they sit in 14th, with just two wins in six. Coach Carlos Carvalhal had the chance to move on in the summer but stuck around, and it now looks like Wednesday are beginning to come apart at the seams.Villa, meanwhile, look resurgent under Steve Bruce after a slow-burning start.

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Injuries are playing a big role for Villa this year, with the likes of Andre Green, Jack Grealish, Jonathan Kodija, Henri Lansbury and Gabriel Agbonlahor all out. Kodija is definitely going to miss out again, while Agbonlahor and Lansbury are back for selection but severely lacking in sharpness (and form).

We expect them to line up with a 4-4-1-1 as they have done so often, with Onomah playing off Keinan Davis. The midfield looks solid, though, with Adomah and Snodgrass impressive down the wings and Hourihane and Jedinak offering solidity in the middle of the park. John Terry is likely to keep his place after an improvement in form alongside Welsh international James Chester.

While lacking in quality in some ways, Villa has found solidity that was non-existent in recent times.

Wednesday will likely stick with their usual 4-4-2 with Jordan Rhodes and Gary Hooper up top. Hooper has hit 7 goals – the most of any player involved in this match – and alongside Tom Lees and Adam Reach has been one of the few bright sparks in a season that has absolutely failed to fire for a club hoping for the promotion.

This comes from a lack of form from the likes of Ross Wallace, Jacob Butterfield and Barry Bannan who were all relatively solid last year. The likes of Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi are missing, as are Fernando Forestieri, George Boyd and Sam Hutchinson. A lot of these guys were in good form last year, but have failed to fire in any way this year.

This match is one that has a lot hanging over it; coach Carvalhal is apparently on a shoogly peg with the board and could be out with another bad result. The squad they have is of good caliber; it’s up to him to begin getting more out of it, or leave.

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Quite an even tie in recent times, this is a very win-lose fixture in fact, in their last few games each other – albeit stretching back to the late 90s – it’s been a spree of simple results. Wednesday last beat Villa in August 2016 with a 1-0 home win, with their last win at Villa Park coming in 2001 in the League Cup. Villa, then, can feel pretty confident going into this one.

We expect a Villa win here. Even with a full team out, Wednesday look bereft of ideas, belief, and confidence. They are looking poor in both boxes, while Villa appears to be coming to a touch more ruthless in front of goal. We expect this could be a big night for both clubs; Villa marking their ascendency and growth, and Sheffield Wednesday perhaps finally making a change that has become increasingly more necessary.