By Billy Wilkinson
Huddersfield will look to continue their promotion push as Aston Villa travel to the Kirklees stadium.
The two game ban that Huddersfield manager David Wagner picked up against Leeds, has now ended. It’s safe to say the Terriers have definitely missed his presence on the touchline.
In their FA Cup fifth round replay against Manchester City, Wagner served the first match of his ban, as he witnessed his side bow out of the competition in a 5-1 defeat.
The German’s influence was missed once again as Huddersfield lost what could be a crucial game against Newcastle. The Yorkshire side will be wanting to escape the dreaded playoffs and skip straight to automatic promotion. In losing to Newcastle, they missed a chance to go within three points of second place Brighton.
While the home side will be welcoming back their manager, they will still be wondering where star striker’s Elias Kachunga striking form has gone.
The German has two goals in his past 14 games, compared to eight goals in his first 22 games.
However, the visiting side will not want to change a thing regarding their current form.
Steve Bruce have struggled to string together more than two victories together all season. However, in the past two weeks, Villa have finally seemed to capitalise on what has been a solid defense this season.
Keeping three clean sheets in their previous three games, front man Jonathan Kodija has contributed to three of Villa’s past five goals, each being crucial to their recent form.
While Aston Villa now exist in a Championship purgatory, the playoffs remain beyond a pipe dream and they have now climbed ten points above the drop zone.
The remainder of the season for Steve Bruce should be consolidating the chemistry and identity the Midlands side have been attempting to build all season.
💬️⚽️ Brucie discusses opposite number David Wagner…👏 pic.twitter.com/GC0QxudiD2
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) March 7, 2017
Huddersfield offers a litmus test for the visiting side tonight as David Wagner has them playing some scintillating football. Villa’s past three wins have come against the 10th, 22nd and 24th placed sides. It may be that all the Villains needed was confidence and fan belief to finally kick start their season.