There are plenty of things for Villa fans to smile about at the moment with the side turning the corner somewhat following the arrival of Steve Bruce to the Midlands Club.
Following a difficult period under the leadership of Roberto Di Matteo, the ex Hull man was brought in and has transformed the side to one which now has eyes on automatic promotion back to the Premier League.
With only two defeats in their last eight games, the side has risen to ninth in the table and there is now genuine optimism around the club that they can indeed push for a return back to the top flight.
A win last Sunday against QPR really boosted confidence, the winner coming from striker Jon Kodjia.
For a striker it’s important to score regularly. I hadn’t scored for three games but I did at QPR and that obviously made me happy and helped the team.
“I’m happy, the players are happy, the gaffer is happy – it was a good day.
“Against Norwich we had a bad game. The team did not play well, the whole team.
“But this weekend we were better and we won.
“Newcastle and Brighton are doing well and lots of teams at the top end of the table are going on winning runs and hopefully we can do the same.
The same cannot be said for Burton, who find themselves already in the midst of a relegation battle at the foot of the Championship, and things look pretty bleak as we approach the Christmas period.
Burton currently have the second worst away record in the division, having not won any of their last 11 trips on the road. The home win is suprisingly available at 8/11, which looks a tasty price considering Burton’s aformentioned away form and the recent home form of the Villa.
Steve Bruce’s side now look a tough outfit to break down and have won their last four matches at Villa Park on the bounce.
Its difficult not to get involved at that price and we’re confident that Steve Bruce’s side can conjure up another home win, which will surely push them into serious contenders for a playoff spot as we approach the New Year.