Aston Villa travel to Nottingham on Sunday afternoon in search of just their 2nd win of the Skybet Championship season. The Villians have had an underwhelming start to the season with just 1 win from 5 games and find themselves in 16th position on the ladder.
Despite showing promising performances in games this year, they have been unable to play for 90 minutes and ultimately this has been their undoing. Their most recent defeat, 3-1 at the hands of Bristol City came on the back of a dominant first 45 minutes by the visitors only to not take their chances and then proceed to ship 3 goals to their undervalued opponents. The week before they again dominated play in the opening 45 minutes but couldn’t go on with it and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Derby County. Admittedly both these games were on the road but if you want to have success at the Championship level and be pushing for promotion places then these are the kind of games you need to perform in. Villa are again away from home this week against 7th placed Nottingham Forest.
This week they travel to Nottingham Forest and will be desperate to jump back into the winners circle. They will be boosted by their late summer deadline signings Jonathan Kodija who has the experience of scoring important goals in the championship with 20 goals for Bristol City last season. His price tag of 15 million pounds may seem hefty for him, but if Villa want to contend then they need out and out goal scorers, coupling Kodija with Ross McCormack gives them this and also pressures a lot of teams into playing 4 at the back to keep their attention on the front two strikers and less players clogging up the midfield.
The finishing of the Claret and Blue needs to be more clinical and look for that to come from up front especially if fellow new signing Mile Jedinak can produce some quality balls through the middle. Jack Grealish turns 21 on Saturday and no doubt all of his team mates would love to give him a late birthday present via 3 points on Sunday afternoon.
However the Villians will have their work cut out for them against the 7th place Forest who have made an impressive start to the season. They have won their past 3 in the league and have no trouble finding the back of the net. The Villa back 4 will need to be at their best to stop the likes of Oliver Burke and Pajtim Kasami. With Nottingham Forest undefeated at home this season, Aston Villa may find the away trip harder than expected.
Could be a big afternoon with lots of goals.