Date: 11th September 2017 at 9:15am
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Mid-week action returns to the Championship this week, with the seventh round of fixtures set to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Aston Villa play host to Middlesbrough, with home manager Steve Bruce under pressure following a less than impressive start to the new campaign.

Villa were booed off the pitch at half time against Brentford this weekend, and having been dominated by the Bees at Villa Park, fans are beginning to get onto the back of the former Manchester United defender.

The visitors enter the game on the back of an impressive away win at Bolton Wanderers, and manager Garry Monk will be keen to continue his side’s winning run at Villa this week.

Monk spent heavily this summer in his attempt to guide the Teessiders back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and the former Leeds and Swansea man has assembled one of the strongest squads in the division.

Both billed as early favourites for promotion, this game will be a real test of both side’s credentials.
With just a single win to their name this season, Bruce must start picking up points if Villa are to be considered serious contenders, but the visit of a Middlesbrough side beginning to find form will not be a fixture the manager relishes.

Villa’s new men are settling, and loan signing Robert Snodgrass could be in line for his first start, with Scott Hogan another potential addition to the starting XI.

Jonathan Kodjia is nearing a return from injury, and his comeback cannot come soon enough.

Monk will go into the fixture full of confidence, and as the manager begins to settle on who his best XI are, this Boro side will only get better.

The side from the north east are getting stronger every week, and I think they could pile yet more misery of their hosts tomorrow evening.

Aston Villa 1-2 Middlesbrough

Who do you think will take the points from this fixture?