David Prutton predicts Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday
By Dominic Toner
David Prutton has predicted Aston Villa to suffer a defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
The Midlands giants host Wednesday in the Championship and will be hoping to continue their climb up the table.
Steve Bruce’s side are 15th in the league table and are looking to finish the season strongly, before an assault on promotion next campaign.
They will be looking to respond to a 1-0 away defeat at Huddersfield in their last match and face a side that are vying for promotion this term.
The Owls are sixth-placed in the league table and will want to bounce back from a disappointing 1-1 draw to relegation threatened Burton in their last game.
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Sky Sports pundit Prutton believes that Villa will just be edged out and have suffered a dip in form recently.
“Steve Bruce looked to be working wonders when he started at Aston Villa but they haven’t been able to keep that form up and I think Wednesday will just shade it,” Prutton told Sky Sports.
Villa were expected to compete for an automatic return to the Premier League, but have found it difficult during their first taste of the Championship.
They have managed to put out all fears of a shock relegation and Bruce has managed to steady the ship since his mid-season appointment, but the 17-point gap to the play-off shows how far off the pace they have been.
Villa suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Wednesday on the opening day of the season and will be hoping to get some revenge.
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