Steve Bruce takes his Aston Villa team to Walsall tonight as pre-season preparations hit second gear.
The manager, alongside his trusted coaches Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh, has whipped his players into shape with a gruelling training camp out in Portugal.
Eight days in the Algarve have blown off the cobwebs and pushed May’s play-off final defeat to the back of the players’ minds.
Villa returned to English soil late last week and kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a double-header on Saturday afternoon.
An XI including star man Jack Grealish, Albert Adomah and Alan Hutton coasted to a 1-1 draw with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough while James Chester, Conor Hourihane, Jonathan Kodjia and Co downed Telford 3-0.
A clash against League One side Walsall will represent a decent step up for Bruce’s side though and a very strong squad will make the short trip up the M6 to the Bescot Stadium.
Villa are streaming tonight’s game live on YouTube and you can watch it at the top of this page.
Source : BirminghamMail