Game: Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Date: Friday 8th February 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
At a glance
It promises to be quite some clash under the lights against Sheffield United.
Dean Smith never looks too far ahead, focusing strenuously and exclusively on the next encounter in the football calendar.
But, if he required any inspiration ahead of Friday’s clash with the Blades, he need only look at the history books.
We have lost just once in our last 10 home matches in league competition (W4 D5) and we’ve scored an average of 2.5 goals per game.
We are also unbeaten in our last 11 home league games against Sheffield United (W7 D4), last suffering defeat in January 1966.
Chris Wilder’s men, though, will be a very difficult proposition, with United lying in third place in the Championship.
Like Smith’s Villa, United like to play football in an attacking, positive way – so entertainment should be in abundance.
James Chester could come back into contention for Friday Night Football against Sheffield United.
Chester has been back in training this week after spending time off the pitches due to a troublesome knee problem.
Head Coach Dean Smith will now assess him this morning before making a final call on his backline against the Blades.
Jack Grealish is back in light training but won’t be available to participate in the Blades clash.
Andre Green has been out on the fields all week after overcoming his hamstring issue and is in contention.
Henri Lansbury, however, is still some way off returning from his own hamstring problem.
Ways to watch
There are several ways to watch our latest Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield United.
Video coverage of the game will be available to AVTV Live International Plus subscribers.
The game is also being shown live on Sky Sports from 7pm UK time, meaning regular international subscribers and UK subscribers will only have audio options available to them.
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From the dugout
It will be a tough game. They are a good team.I know a lot about them.
Chris Wilder has done fantastically well with them.
I sold them a couple of players from Brentford so I know them very well.
They have some very good players, including Billy Sharp who is in the latter stages of his career but going toe to toe with Tammy Abraham in the scoring charts.
They have David McGoldrick as well who’s done very well. They have Gary Madine.
They’re also a team who know what they are doing. They are organised. It should be a good game. We are looking forward to it.
They need a win to get into the top two. We need a win to keep in touch with the Play-Offs.
It’s all to play for.
There are going to be twists and turns, I still don't think anyone will run away with it.
There are a lot of positive teams at the top, a few who have to get up really.
There are others with little to play for, we've got everything to play for but there isn't a gun to our head to get promoted.
That won't dampen the desire amongst the players and management to be successful though and our point at Norwich looks a really good one now, following their standout win at Leeds.
It's difficult for people to predict results in this division, so you have to take care of your own business really, I'd be absolutely delighted to get a positive result at Villa Park.
We are unbeaten in our last 11 home league games against Sheffield United (W7 D4), last suffering defeat in January 1966 in the top-flight (0-2).
Sheffield United have only won one of their seven away league games against us in the second tier (D2 L4) – a 3-1 win in February 1960.
We have found the back of the net in each of our last 27 league games at Villa Park – our longest such scoring run since a streak of 33 ending in December 1983.
Billy Sharp has scored with six of his last 10 shots in the Championship for Sheffield United.
Tammy Abraham has scored 12 goals in his last seven Championship appearances at Villa Park.
We have lost just seven league games this season – only Norwich and Middlesbrough (both 5) have lost fewer in the division.
We’re currently on 34k attendance for the Sheffield United game – so please join this Friday’s bumper crowd and cheer the Villans on against the Blades.
The game kicks off at 7.45pm.
General prices are £20-£33 [adults], £15-£20 [concessions*], £10-£17 [U21s], £5-£10 [U18s], £45-£55 [Family Package**] – and tickets are on general sale.
Take advantage of our ‘Kids for a Quid’ ticket promotion for the Sheff Utd match as we look to blunt the Blades.
Our Family Fun Zone will be opening before the game and U18s can enjoy big savings at the match itself.
U18 tickets are now available for £1 – and they must be accompanied by a full paying adult or any other adult concession.
You can take advantage of up to four ‘Kids for a Quid’ tickets per each full paying adult.
The deadline for this offer is noon today– and it’s available around Villa Park except North Stand Lower Tier.
Tickets are on general sale.
To buy, visit us in person, call 0333 323 1874.