Villa will play away to Boro at the Riverside stadium, and Tony Xia expects Villa fans to flock in number and fill the away section.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) May 12, 2018
Both the sides have faced each other three times already this season, with each side winning once on the road, the other being a draw.
Villa are heading into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Millwall, but this is a different ball-game altogether, and certainly Steve Bruce’s side will have to raise their game.
This will be Aston Villa’s first ever play-off match in the Football League, and they have a strong away record against Boro having lost just one of their past eight away games against them in all competitions.
Steve Bruce is expected to field a strong side with captain John Terry, midfielder Jack Grealish and striker Lewis Grabban all set to return.