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Barnsley vs. Aston Villa live stream - Bruce confident Villans will bounce back

Brendan O'Neill in Football 14 Sep 2017

Aston Villa will look to kick start their Championship campaign when they visit Barnsley at Oakwell Stadium on Saturday evening.

Watch & bet on live streaming football at bet365 > sports > live streaming soccer. Barnsley vs. Aston Villa kicks off at 1730 BST on Saturday, September 16

Villa travel to Barnsley unbeaten in four in England's second tier but with just one league win to their name for the 2017-18 season and 10 points off the pace at the top of the table. Their draw at home to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night was their second goalless stalemate at home in four days and third draw on the bounce in the Championship.

The result leaves them down in 18th position in the standings ahead of Matchday 8 and in desperate need of a morale boosting win and three points with pressure mounting on manager Steve Bruce.

"It's a huge frustration for us, the chances we create and we don't score. I've said since I've been here that we're over reliant on Jonathan Kodjia. But at least he's back for us now," Bruce told BBC Sport after the game. 

"Tonight we've had 19 efforts, we've had Robert Snodgrass hit the bar, BIrkir Bjarnason's header from almost on the line and then Scott Hogan keeps one out for them. And you know it's not your night."

Bruce was dealt another blow this week with the news that winger Andre Green faces 'months' out following an operation.

The 19-year-old has become an influential member of Villa's first team squad under Bruce and his absence will surely be felt in the coming weeks.

Jonathan Kodjia's return is a major plus, although he only made a 20-minute cameo after coming off the bench against Boro.

Bruce remains confident that the Villans can push for promotion despite their poor start to the new campaign.

"We have the makings of a very decent team. We will be there or thereabouts," he told reporters.  "It’s a disappointing start, but I’m convinced we are on the right tracks."

Next up is a Barnsley side who haven't fared much better in their opening seven games of the new term and although they sit three places above Aston Villa in the Championship table, have also only amassed seven points.

The Tykes have won two in their last four, though, and come into the clash on the back of a 1-1 draw at high-flying Preston North End last time out in the league.

Tuesday's 3-2 win over Derby County in the second round of the EFL Cup will have done no harm to morale either and Barnsley can now look forward to a trip to Wembley next Tuesday where they'll face Tottenham Hotspur in the third round.

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