An experimental Aston Villa side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night thanks to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough.
It was a night where Bruce gave a lot of his fringe players a chance to impress, but it was an opportunity that most of them failed to grab with open hands. They will now most likely have to wait until the FA Cup before they get another opportunity in the first team.
Next up for Villa is a home match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, and we’re expecting Bruce to make wholesale changes once again. In fact, we’re expecting a whole new starting XI.
Villa currently sit 13th in the table with 10 points from their opening 8 matches, while Forest are in 10th place, with 12 points from 8 matches.
Here is our predicted Villa starting XI for Saturday’s match against Nottingham Forest: