Aston Villa v Burton preview
Last Updated: 02/02/18 1:26pm
New signing Lewis Grabban is expected to be included in the Aston Villa squad against Burton on Saturday.
The on-loan Bournemouth striker, who scored 12 goals in 18 starts for Sunderland during the first half of the season, may have to make do with a place on the bench though.
Villa boss Steve Bruce has named the same starting line-up for the past two matches so he might opt to freshen things up. Defender Chris Samba (hamstring) is again expected to miss out and striker Jonathan Kodjia remains Villa's only remaining long-term absentee.
Striker Darren Bent and winger Lloyd Dyer are injury concerns for Burton. Derby loanee Bent suffered a knock on his debut against Reading on Tuesday while a back injury limited Dyer to a role on the bench.
Defender Kyle McFadzean is expected to shake off an ankle problem. Boss Nigel Clough could hand a debut to Jacob Davenport after the midfielder made a deadline day loan move from Manchester City.
Aston Villa are yet to lose to Burton in three league meetings (W2 D1).
Although Burton lost their only match at Villa Park in last season's Championship, manager Nigel Clough has won there previously - a 2-1 win in the FA Cup with Sheffield United in January 2014.
Steve Bruce has won five of six previous managerial meetings with Clough (D1) including both home matches against him.
The Villans have won each of their last five league games; their best run in the league since April 1998 (also five successive wins). They last won six or more in a row in February 1990 (seven consecutive wins).
Burton have conceded 12 goals in their last three Championship games (L3); as many as they Brewers had conceded their previous is 11 league outings.
Robert Snodgrass has scored or assisted in each of his last five Championship games for Aston Villa, scoring four goals and providing two assists.
That was a big result in midweek for Aston Villa. They had to hold on for long spells at Sheffield United but somehow managed to pop up with the winner very late on, and what a goal it was from Robert Snodgrass.
Burton, meanwhile, would have been disappointed to lose at home to Reading, who had been struggling as well, and it's hard to see them getting anything from Villa Park. Comfortable home win.
David Prutton predicts: 3-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)