Steve Bruce returns to face Villa in key clash for playoffs

Steve Bruce will return to face Aston Villa for the first time since he was sacked back in October.

Sheffield Wednesday look to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games under Steve Bruce as they welcome Aston Villa to Hillsborough on Saturday.

Villa are also in fine form with five consecutive wins and currently sit five places ahead of Wednesday in sixth, occupying the final play-off position. A win for the Owls would put them one point behind Villa and strengthen their challenge for a play off position.

The owls drew their last game 0-0 with Stoke and a loss against Villa would mean a playoff position would be almost impossible with seven games remaining.

In Steve Bruce’s last game in charge of Villa a cabbage was thrown at him as Villa let a two goal lead slip and missed an injury time penalty to draw the game 3-3 against Preston North End.

Steve Bruce said: “You get the sack and it hurts you, but you dust yourself down, take a bit of time and thankfully Sheffield Wednesday have given me a great opportunity and a great offer.”

Sheffield Wednesday won the reverse fixture by beating Bruce’s Villa 2-1 back in September.

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