Aston Villa will be looking for a strong home record in the Premiership this season, which is something that eluded them at times last season as they face Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park.
Villa boss Alex Mcleish will be happy with a hard earned draw at Craven Cottage last week as he prepares his side for the arrival of Steve Kean’s Blackburn side, and he will be relieved with the news that Shay Given is fit to play after the Irishman’s superb performance at the Cottage.
Villa are very good in front of their own fans when they keep the ball on the floor and pass it around with energy and pace and Darren Bent will be hoping to kick off his Premiership scoring with a goal or two today.
McLeish looks set to continue with his three pronged attack of Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey as they look to press home their home advantage.
Blackburn look to be struggling after a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Wolves last Saturday.
David Goodwillie has arrived from Scotland to bolster the Blackburn attack and he looks certain to feature at some point in the game, while Argentinian Mauro Formica looks set to continue in midfield.
Aston Villa will try and keep the tempo high during the early part of the match and could offer Blackburn plenty of problems with Charles N’Zogbia down the flanks.
Steve Kean will be optimistic of the chances with Jason Roberts set to continue up front for Rovers, but with little investment over the summer there are dark clouds forming over Ewood.
The only shining light is the return of Chris Samba at the back, although Villa look too strong on this occasion.