By Laura O'Leary

13th Nov, 2017 | 1:16pm

Paul Merson predicts where Aston Villa will finish in the Championship

By Laura O’Leary

Paul Merson has “no doubts” that Steve Bruce is the man who can get Aston Villa promoted from the Championship and says they will finish in the play-off spots this season.

In an interview with the Express & Star, the Sky Sports pundit revealed he fully believes in Bruce to at least get Aston Villa a chance of promotion through the play-offs.

He said: “For me they need to get into the play-offs at least and I think they will.

“Steve is the man to get them up, there is no doubt about that.”

The Villans are currently sixth just inside the play-off positions, only one point clear of seventh placed Derby County.

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The former Birmingham City boss took over at Aston Villa in October 2016, succeeding Roberto di Matteo.

Di Matteo left the Villans 19th in the Championship, 10 points off the play-off places at that time.

Bruce was eventually able to guide Aston Villa out of danger of being relegated in his first season, securing a 13th placed finish.

Aston Villa suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat in their last game courtesy of Sheffield Wednesday, ahead of the international break, and the loss was made worse by the fact that captain John Terry broke his metatarsal to rule him out of action until the new year.

Terry had previously played every minute of the Villans’ Championship campaign ahead of being substituted against Sheffield Wednesday due to his injury.

Aston Villa’s next game is away to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on November 18.

In other Aston Villa news, this Villa midfielder has had his deal terminated.

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