Aston Villa v Derby preview
Last Updated: 27/04/18 12:18pm
John Terry and Jonathan Kodjia could return for Aston Villa as they chase automatic promotion against Derby.
Both missed the 4-0 win at Ipswich last week as a precaution with Villa four points behind second-placed Cardiff with two games left.
Terry has been recovering from an ankle injury, while Kodjia, who has missed the majority of the season with his own ankle issue, had been feeling sore. Axel Tuanzebe (ankle) and Alan Hutton (thigh) are also out for the hosts on Saturday.
Gary Rowett's Derby should have an almost full-strength squad when they travel down to Villa Park on Saturday. The Rams could be unchanged following Tuesday's 3-1 win over Cardiff which moved them into the top six.
Scotland international Ikechi Anya continues to be sidelined with a calf problem which has kept him out for the last month. Forward Sam Winnall was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury he suffered in February.
Aston Villa are currently on a 10-game home league winning run against Derby, last failing to beat them in November 1988, a 2-1 defeat.
The Rams last completed a league double over Villa in the 1988-89 campaign; they won 2-0 at Pride Park earlier this campaign.
This will be Steve Bruce's seventh home match against Derby in all competitions (W4 L2), with Gary Rowett the seventh different Derby manager he will face in a home game (Davies, Jewell, Clough, Clement, Wassall and McClaren).
The Villans have won each of their last three home league matches without conceding a single goal.
Derby have only won one of their last eight Championship matches on the road (D4 L3), including losing each of the last two.
Since making his Villa debut in February, Lewis Grabban has netted seven goals in 13 league games; more than any other player for the club in that time.
Derby had lost three on the spin before their midweek win over Cardiff, which shows how brilliantly they did to rally and claim all three points. It was a massive result in their play-off pursuit.
Aston Villa's chances of automatic promotion are slim but all they can do is keep winning and hope the sides above them slip up. Either way, Steve Bruce will want them to continue their momentum and I think they'll sneak the win.
David Prutton predicts: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)