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Posted Friday, September 28th 2018

Weimann excited for match under the lights

Andreas Weimann could line up his former employer tonight, as Aston Villa head to Ashton Gate for the Friday night encounter.

The Austrian striker, who has five goals in the Sky Bet Championship this season, says City are looking forward to returning to BS3, after back-to-back matches away from home.

"After two away games it’s nice to get back to our own pitch, especially as we’ve not had a night league game this season," Weimann told BCTV. "So I think everyone is looking forward to that. A big crowd is expected so it should be really good.

"We have been very disappointed, especially after the last game. We didn’t play the way we normally play so we have been working really hard all week to be ready for this next game and we’ll be right at it tomorrow."

Energetic Weimann has been restored to his favoured central striker role under head coach Lee Johnson, after often being deployed as a winger at his previous club, Derby County.

He continued: "I’m really enjoying my football here. I’ve said it before but the position I am playing [up front] is nice for me after a few years in different positions so that’s helping and I am relishing it at the moment."

WATCH: WEIMANN PREVIEWS VILLA CLASH UNDER THE LIGHTS

But it's the return of another of Weimann's previous clubs, Steve Bruce's Villa, who are City's next opponents and they will always hold a special place in his heart.

The Villains brought a 15-year-old Andi Weimann to England after he had been playing for his hometown club in Vienna.

And while the forward expects a tough game against last season's Championship Play-off finalists, he believes City have the capabilities of returning to winning ways tonight.

"I was there for eight years," Weimann said. "I came up through the youth team so it is a special game for me to play against them. It will be a hard game because the have a good squad with new players they signed in the transfer window but it’s a game we are looking forward to.

"If we perform like we know we can then we can get the three points.

"I have played in a few night games before and the atmosphere is more electrifying under the lights. It seems to feel louder than a Saturday three o’clock kick-off so we’re looking forward to it, especially as it’s nearly a sell-out. It’s exciting for us."

A limited number of tickets remain on sale for tonight's match, which kicks-off at 8pm.

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