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Match preview: QPR game pack

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Match preview: QPR game pack

Game details 

Match: Villa v QPR
Date: 13th March, 2018  
Competition: Sky Bet Championship  
Venue: Villa Park    
Kick-off: 7.45pm  
Referee: Tim Robinson

Team news 

Steve Bruce will be tempted to stick with the same team that defeated league leaders Wolves 4-1 - despite two games in four days.

Axel Tuanzebe and Alan Hutton are pushing for a return while Glenn Whelan is expected to be unavailable like he was on Saturday.

QPR still have Jamie Mackie and Idrissa Sylla out with back and foot injures respectively. 

Ticket latest 

Villa v QPR is set for a crowd of 30k+ - with tickets still available and on general sale.

Prices are £20 to £33 (adults), £15 to £20 (concessions), £10 to £17 (U21s), £5 to £10 (U16s), £45 to £55 for a Family Package (two adults and two U16s).

Don't miss out - get your tickets here.

BruceWaveVillaBackDugout analysis 

Steve Bruce

I think tonight will be a more difficult game. There will be an expectation. 

We need the crowd to come back and be like they were against Wolves on Saturday. 

Villa Park at the weekend reminded me of the good old days, which was good to see. We had an unbelievable crowd behind us. 

It's not been like that for a few years. We were all delighted with that. 

It will be 'after the lord mayor's show' tonight and everything that goes with it. It's about getting ready to go again. 

The players ran a million miles on Saturday but they have to do it all over again.

Ian Holloway

Steve Bruce has won promotion four times which is fantastic and I think this will be his toughest challenge in some respects because of the expectation there.

He has done a marvellous job to get them where they are and I they will be looking at least to finish in the top six if not the top two - and their form suggests they are heading that way.

For us, we have to sort out our away form. The points tally hasn't been good on the road so let's see if we can improve it at Aston Villa.

It would be a nice belated birthday present to beat them.

GrabbanPostWolvesMatch stats

We have won six of our last eight home league games against QPR, drawing the other two.

Lewis Grabban has scored 13 goals in his last 17 Championship appearances, including a goal in each of his last four matches.

Lewis Grabban will be looking to score in five successive club appearances in all competitions within a single season for the first time in his career.

QPR haven't kept clean sheets in back to back league matches since August 2016.

Robert Snodgrass has more assists than any other player in the Championship this season (12).

Matt Smith has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Championship starts (3 goals, 4 assists).

We have won 10 of our last 12 Championship matches (W10 D1 L1). In comparison, QPR have picked up 11 wins all season in the Championship (36 games, W11 D10 L15).

Wayfinding1First time at Villa Park?   

To help you find your way to the stadium from your train/car park, we've put up some way finding banners around Aston - look out for them on your way to Villa Park.  

Once you arrive at Villa Park, any of our friendly stewards or Fan Squad will be able to help you find your way to your block and seat, or to our Club Shop/Ticket Office.  

Providing fans with a fun, safe and exciting football experience has been a central part of the club's operation for many years.  

Villa Park offers a great family day out in a safe environment and welcomes all supporters - new and old - to enjoy watching football here. 

Entertainment 

Make sure you get prepared for the match with our new-look Villa News & Record, the official matchday programme.  

Lewis Grabban, goalscoring hero against Wolves, features as the cover star on the QPR edition - and there's some fantastic content inside.

It also contains a 16-page pullout, too, due to this being a rearranged game.

They'll be available from kiosks around the ground or you can order online.

Our friendly mascots Hercules, Bella and Chip will also be on hand around the ground and pitchside pre-match to entertain our junior fans. 

POTPFlags#PartOfThePride flags

#PartOfThePride flags looked fantastic at the weekend as we comprehensively defeated Wolves with a sea of claret all around the stadium.

Remember to bring yours back to use tonight - we won't be giving flags out for the QPR match. 

But keep an eye out as we'll be picking three more games to give 30,000 flags out before the end of the season! 

Stadium Car Parks

On matchdays, our stadium car parks have a large number of pedestrians passing through them, as well as the vehicles that need to be parked. 

The priority of our operation is to ensure the safety of everyone here at Villa Park. 

We are undertaking a process of improving our current arrangements for vehicle parking and pedestrian safety and over the coming weeks you will notice changes in how we operate, including how we park cars on your arrival. 

We ask for your cooperation and continued support to help us implement these new operations. 

In order to keep everyone safe:  

  • All car park passes must be visible at all times 
  • Speed restrictions are in place – please adhere to the speed limits 
  • Please follow the direction of stewards to parking areas. We will direct you to your parking space  
  • CCTV is in operation  
  • Please be aware of pedestrians and children at all times 

Parking is available for Villa Village visitors for up to 30 minutes in an allocated bay up to three hours before kick-off 

Thank you in anticipation for your support – enjoy the match!  

Also, make sure you check out our Ground Regulations.

Safety and Security

Three points isn't the only priority for Villa v QPR.

Making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.  

We have been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at Villa Park.  

Now we are asking you to do your bit.  

Stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.  

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.  

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.  

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:   

  • Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks 
  • Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground 
  • Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away 
  • If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999 
  • In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them 
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile 
  • Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles 

Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates. 

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Live coverage

AVTV Live is now available for the QPR game.

If you’re in the UK & Ireland, you can listen to audio commentary of the Rangers clash - while supporters abroad can enjoy live video coverage.

You can subscribe now for AVTV Live.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 13th March 2018