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Preview: Aston Villa (A)

22 September 2017

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Nottingham Forest travel to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship looking to get back on track after two successive defeats.

Mark Warburton's side lost out to Wolves at The City Ground last weekend before the defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, and The Reds will be keen to secure three points on the road for the third time this season.

Aston Villa come into the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup, but have yet to concede a goal in the league in September after defeating Barnsley 3-0 and goalless stalemates against Brentford and Boro.

See what boss Mark Warburton had to say about the game here.

Team news

Stephen Henderson made his long-awaited return to the side following injury on Wednesday night so a decision will have to be made on whether to stick with the Irishman or recall Jordan Smith.

After making eight changes for the game at Stamford Bridge, Warburton is expected to make changes again at Villa Park.

Danny Fox is a doubt after picking up an injury on Wednesday but David Vaughan, Matty Cash, Jamie Ward and Chris Cohen remain sidelined.

From the opposition

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce said that the win against Barnsley has helped to build confidence in his squad ahead of Saturday evening's game.

He said: "A win breeds confidence. A good result always put everybody in a good frame of mind.

"We've kept three clean sheets, and adding to that, Jonathan Kodjia is back. We got a break last week and we needed it.

"There's an important week coming up before the international break. We let the eleven players focus on the week ahead and they are all fresh and fit.

"We will go as we did against Barnsley. Forest are a good side and this will be a tough game."

He added: "I have always liked two up top, but we haven't always been able to play that way. I had to stop the trend of getting beat and I had to set my team up to do that. 

"Now we have a squad capable of having two up front and can play a bit more expansive with Kodjia up front and go into games looking to win them rather than staying in the games and the division. Hopefully now we can mount a challenge."

One to watch - Jonathan Kodjia

After missing large parts of the early season through injury, Jonathan Kodjia has returned to full fitness and will be hoping to lead the Villa forward line on Saturday.

The Ivorian moved to Villa Park at the start of last season in a big-money switch from Bristol City and scored 22 times in a difficult season for The Villans. 

Now he is back to full fitness, Steve Bruce will be hoping that his main man can find the scoring touch to help Villa climb up the Championship table.

Last visit


Tickets will be available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office until 1pm on Saturday. No tickets will be available to purchase on the day from Villa Park but supporters can collect pre-paid tickets from the ticket office next to the visitors' turnstiles.

Full ticket details can be found here.


The match is being shown live on Sky Sports so there will be no live broadcast for international subscribers on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary will be available.

There will also be coverage in the Match Centre as well as via the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played on Saturday at 3pm unless otherwise stated:

Bolton v Brentford
Derby v Birmingham
Fulham v Middlesbrough
Leeds v Ipswich
Norwich v Bristol City
Preston v Millwall
QPR v Burton
Reading v Hull
Sunderland v Cardiff
Wolves v Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United (Sunday, 1.15pm)

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