Of the two teams meeting tonight at The John Smith’s Stadium in West Yorkshire, One will be thinking that they should be where the other is now and that team is Aston Villa. Huddersfield Town have surprised many with how their season has panned out with The Terriers currently occupying 3rd place in the Championship 6 points behind 2nd place Brighton and will be looking to consolidate that position with another 3 points at home this evening. Huddersfield, unbeaten in 7 games until they faced Newcastle United on Saturday when they lost 1-3, are a strong and disciplined side and Manager David Wagner has got them well organised and it showed after they held Manchester City to a draw in the first FA Cup game at the Etihad in February.
Former manager and current Villa boss Steve Bruce has a good record against his former employers where he was in charge for 11 games in the 1999-2000 season something The Terriers should be well aware of.
Aston Villa on the other hand in 13th position will be looking to make it 4 wins out of 4 after finally playing at the standard a club and team of there size and ability should be. Steve Bruce’s return to his favoured 4-3-3 set up has finally come to fruition with Mile Jedinak a stand out performer in recent games in front of the Villa defence. The away win at struggling Rotherham on Saturday was the first time Villa have won 3 games on the trot since 2010 a record the Villa faithful will want to see continued this evening. In the reverse fixture at Villa Park earlier in the season Villa battered Huddersfield but only came away with a point and Bruce may well take the same result again.
Huddersfield will be hopeful that goalkeeper Danny Ward can shake off a knock he picked up at the weekend and Phillip Billing is also doubt which means former Villa man Jonathan Hogg could come into the Huddersfield midfield.
Steve Bruce has a number of injuries to contend with, Birkir Bjarnsson and Jack Grealish both picked up injuries with the former reportedly out for up to six weeks which could mean a midfield start for Jordan Amavi. Four Villa U23 players were left out of a game last night they would have expected to play in and will probably be on the bench this evening showing the situation within the squad due to injuries.
Probable Starting Lineups
Compiled by @ThatGarateyjc