I've had a fever for a couple of days, so I'm not sure if I've remembered everything as I should but I do know that someone asked me how I'd feel if we won the remaining two games in September and only picked up four points in October and my response was great, because we'd be above the line of points needed for top six, which means the trend line would have us much better than that.

And I think I also wrote to someone that today was a must win game, because every game is for Steve Bruce. In fairness, I think I'm writing that for fun. I might have commented that we could win the next ten and for that person, Steve Bruce would still need to win the next one.

And I suppose you could say that tonight should be fun too. I mean, Burton are struggling and if we're to be taken seriously, these are the games we should be winning. I know what happens if we don't win and it wont be nice, so I hope we do. I don't think I care if it will be fun or entertaining to watch.

You see, this is all about business now and every game is massively important for Bruce. So, it's not about pretty football, it's about three points and supporting the manager and the team.

The match will be on AVTV later and radio. Team news as it becomes available and updates throughout the match. Until then, live long and love Aston Villa.

Match facts from the BBC

  • This is just the third league meeting between the teams. Villa won 2-1 at home last season on Boxing Day, then drew 1-1 in the return in April.
  • Nigel Clough has faced Steve Bruce five times as a manager and is yet to get the better of him.
  • Burton have only kept one clean sheet in their last 19 home league games, a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest in March.
  • Villa are looking to record back-to-back away league victories for the first time since September 2014.
  • Burton have scored 83% of their six Championship goals this season on home soil - the highest proportion of any team.
Author: Damian
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Damian started The Villa Blog as a passion project quite a few years ago while he was living in South Africa. Now living in Sweden, it continues. He's originally from Chasetown and grew up when supporting Villa meant there was a real chance of silverware at the start of every season.