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Match pack: Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic

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Match pack: Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic

Game details

Game: Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Date: Saturday 11th August 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Jeremy Simpson

At a glance

Aston Villa's return home for their first Sky Bet Championship match of the 2018/19 season against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The Latics are the first opposition in town since that memorable night where we reached Wembley against Middlesbrough in May.

And after a solid start to the campaign at Hull City on Monday night, the claret and blues now return to B6 to make their bow in front of our supporters.

A new surface awaits the players for the first time in nearly 30 years this weekend – our multi-million pound relay is complete and ready for action.

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Team news

Mile Jedinak is expected to come back into Steve Bruce's selection thoughts for the Wigan match after missing our season opener at Hull City through illness.

The midfielder was suffering from a sickness bug late last week and wasn't risked at the KCOM Stadium.

But it's unlikely forward duo Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan will be fit in time. Daivs has struggled with his leg since midway through pre-season, while Hogan's groin injury has seen him take no part so far.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy did make a surprise comeback to the bench against Hull, and could feature again, while new goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland is expected to make his debut in goal.

There could also be a maiden start for midfielder John McGinn, who joined from Hibs on Wednesday, and Axel Tuanzebe is likely to be in the squad for the first time since his loan comeback.

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Ways to watch

Live video coverage for the Wigan match is available to ALL international subscribers of AVTV Live.

As the game isn't being screened by any UK or external broadcasters, we have full rights to show video coverage for our clash with the Latics.

AVTV Live International Plus subscriptions – available in the below countries – allow video streaming of all 46 of our Sky Bet Championship games this season.

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And this time it's available to regular international subscribers from 3pm UK time.

For UK, Ireland and Channel Isles-based subscribers, audio coverage is available.

Click here for a full breakdown of the new AVTV Live packages.

Extended highlights will be available on our Official YouTube channel from 12pm on Sunday 12th August.

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The manager

Steve Bruce 

"I watched Wigan last week and they could have scored four or five against Sheffield Wednesday. They were excellent.

"They've signed well and are strong and athletic. They blew the league away last year and beat Manchester City in the FA Cup.

"They're off to a really good start. It'll be a tough game.

"My son is part of the squad and he'll want to turn us over, that's for sure!"

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The opposition

Paul Cook

"I don’t think we’ll get a better fixture than Aston Villa away and that’s just my personal opinion.

"They are possibly the biggest club in the division, other clubs may argue that but I’m just talking for me, they are the benchmark of what a Premier League club should be.

"I think Steve Bruce has inherited a multitude of problems as they’ve gone along and he’s had to deal with them very professionally.

"They got beat at Wembley last year which will carry disappointment but I’m sure Steve’s track record will pick them up, they’re a fantastic club and we know we’re in for a difficult afternoon.

"It’s one we’re very much looking forward to in a weird sort of way."

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Tickets 

We're approaching 34,000 for our opening home match of the campaign!

It's too short notice to open Trinity Upper this time around, but it means every available seat in the ground will be taken at 3pm.

All single seats are virtually sold-out. 

Season Tickets remain available here.

Please arrive at the Wigan match as EARLY as possible on Saturday. 

Lots of new Season Ticket Holders and Villa Park first timers will be present and unfamiliar with navigation around the stadium, so don't leave it until the final minutes to start heading to your seat. 

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 10th August 2018