Game: Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa
Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: City Ground
At a glance
Aston Villa contest their second away fixture in four days when they head to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening.
The claret and blues go into the match off the back of big, consecutive wins against Derby County and Birmingham City.
And after beating two Play-Off chasing rivals in the last 10 days, Dean Smith's men can take a third scalp in midweek in the form of Forest.
Martin O'Neill's side are two points ahead of Villa going into the match, while victory again this evening could see us as close as one point off the top six.
Goals could be on the menu yet again. November's reverse fixture ended in a staggering 5-5 draw – in one of the most remarkable games seen at Villa Park in recent times.
Dean Smith will have the same squad from Sunday's 1-0 win at St Andrew's available to him at Forest.
Jack Grealish looks set to captain the team for the third time in succession.
Neil Taylor is expected to retain his place at left-back, with Kortney Hause occupying a central role again.
Further ahead, John McGinn is pressing for a start having made a brilliant impact when coming on against Birmingham.
Henri Lansbury is back in training at Bodymoor Heath, but tonight's game will probably come too soon for him.
Ways to watch
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"I was at West Brom on Saturday and that result, alongside a number of others and our own, helped us close the gap.
"But we're still approaching it one game at a time.
"Birmingham was a big game for us. We got the three points and can now move on to Nottingham Forest, who are just above us in the league.
"Hopefully we can get a run going now.
"I don't think it's just been the last few weeks that's been different. We played well at Stoke and started well against Albion.
"The attitude of the players at the moment is fantastic and they're working very hard for each other.
"A lot was said for Birmingham's team spirit. It was there to see for our lads as well on Sunday."
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