Aston Villa v QPR preview
Last Updated: 13/03/18 6:21pm
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is expected to keep faith with the team which thrashed Wolves 4-1 when his side face QPR on Tuesday.
Andre Green, Alan Hutton and Axel Tuanzebe will miss out but are close to returning from hamstring injuries. Jonathan Kodjia makes his training comeback this week, having been sidelined since October with an ankle injury, but may still miss the rest of the season.
Glenn Whelan (calf) remains on the sidelines along with goalkeeper Jed Steer (shoulder).
Jamie Mackie and Idrissa Sylla remain out for QPR but are edging closer to fitness. Strikers Mackie (back) and Sylla (foot) played in an under-23 game against Millwall on Monday.
The pair have been out since December and Grant Hall (knee) and David Wheeler (ankle) join them in missing the trip to Villa Park. Ebere Eze should keep his place after scoring the winner on his full debut in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Sunderland.
Aston Villa have won six of their last eight home league games against QPR, drawing the other two.
QPR's last win at Villa Park came in a League Cup tie in September 2008, with Damion Stewart scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.
Lewis Grabban has scored 13 goals in his last 17 Championship appearances, including a goal in each of his last four matches.
The Hoops haven't kept clean sheets in back to back league matches since August 2016.
Villa winger Robert Snodgrass has more assists than any other player in the Championship this season (12).
Matt Smith has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Championship starts (3 goals, 4 assists).
What a victory that was for Aston Villa on Saturday. They were superb against Wolves and it was a big statement from them in their continued pursuit of automatic promotion.
QPR did well to battle past Sunderland at the weekend but a trip to Villa Park while the home side are in this kind of form is a daunting proposition. I can't see past a Villa win.
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)