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Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday: Team news, predicted line-ups, form, referee, betting odds and man to watch  

Sheffield Wednesday head to Birmingham this afternoon to take on Aston Villa, with hopes of a repeat of last season’s performance and result.

What’s the team news?

Steven Fletcher is pushing for a recall. Sam Hutchinson has recovered from a groin injury and resumed full training. Fernando Forestieri will complete a three-match suspension, while Kieran Lee, Gary Hooper and Joost van Aken remain out iof contention.

Steve Bruce has no new problems as he prepares to take charge of his 100th game for the club against Wednesday. Midfielder Mile Jedinak and defender Axel Tuanzebe are vying for recalls to the Villa side. Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis (both groin) are out.

Predicted teams

VILLA (4-4-2): Orjan Nyland , Ahmed Elmohamady, James Chester, Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Anwar El Ghazi , John McGinn, Conor Hourihane, Jack Grealish, Jonathan Kodjia, Tammy Abraham

OWLS (4-2-3-1): Cameron Dawson, Liam Palmer, Tom Lees, Daniel Pudil, Matt Penney, Barry Bannan, Joey Pelupessy, Marco Matias, Josh Onomah, Adam Reach, Steven Fletcher

Who is the referee?

DAVID WEBB – The Lancashire-based official has taken charge of seven matches this season, issuing 18 cautions and no red cards. Tomorrow will be the second Wednesday fixture Webb has overseen in the 2018/19 season. He was also the man in the middle when Jos Luhukay’s team succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Brentford last month.

What the the odds?

Villa 3/5, Draw 29/10, Wednesday 9/2

What’s the form? 

Aston Villa D D L D W

Wednesday W W W D L

History lesson

Wednesday ran-out 2-1 winners on their last visit to Villa Park. The team put in a superb performance, taking the lead with less than a minute on the clock thanks to a spectacular long range Adam Reach strike . Forward Jordan Rhodes doubled the Owls’ lead following good approach play. Villa were desperately disappointing on the day but pulled a goal back late on through Christopher Samba. They gained revenge in the reverse fixture, prevailing 4-2.