Aston Villa lost a bit of ground on automatic promotion last weekend as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Derby at Pride Park.

It was a pretty poor performance all around, and the players will know that they will have to perform much better if their play-off hopes are not to take another dent at home to high-flying Sheffield United on Saturday evening.

Villa currently sit one place above The Blades in 5th, but this is only because of their slightly superior goal difference. They are also just one point above Leeds, who occupy 7th place. Therefore, if Villa lose to Sheffield United and Leeds beat Hull, they will find themselves outside the coveted play-off places.

In fact, if Preston beat Nottingham Forest and Ipswich shock Wolves, a Villa loss could see them slip down to 9th in the table.

Here’s our predicted XI for Saturday’s match against Sheffield United.

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