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Preview: Aston Villa v QPR

Icelandic International Birkir Bjarnason is pushing to start for Aston Villa for their game against QPR tonight.

The midfielder came on for the final 15 minutes and scored in Villa’s 4-1 win over Wolves at Villa Park on Saturday.

Steve Bruce’s side emphatically brushed aside the league leaders and he will be hoping for more of the same against the Hoops this evening.

The Claret and Blues have the second-best home record in the league, having won their last four games, whereas QPR have lost their last four away matches.

The Hoops have not managed to keep a clean sheets in back to back league matches since August last year, and their last win at Villa Park came in a EFL Cup tie in September 2008 in a 1-0 victory.

Robert Snodgrass will be one of the ones to watch tonight having had more assists than any other player in the Championship this season.

Star striker Jonathan Kodjia is still on the side-lines following a second ankle operation in under a year, he has returned to training but is unlikely to get involved until after the international break.

Steve Bruce told Birmingham Live: “We’re English, our duty is to try and chase. Cardiff are making one hell of a run, Fulham are making a run, we’re having a go.

“The players ran a million miles on Saturday but they have to do it all over again.

“We are fancied this evening. But my experience of the Championship is that it kicks you in the backside when you’re not expecting it to. We have to guard against that.  It’s a big game tonight.”

 

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