Now that Aston Villa have been knocked out of the FA Cup, they can focus all their attention on earning promotion back to the Premier League at the second time of asking.
Bruce made 10 changes to the team that was eventually knocked out of the FA Cup by an impressive Peterborough side at the weekend, and he will make a lot of changes again for Saturday’s trip to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest.
Forest, who will be under new manager Aitor Karanka for the first time, have struggled in the league this season (they sit just eight points above the relegation zone), but they will be on a high after having knocked out Arsenal from the FA Cup on Sunday evening.
Villa will be expected to come away with all three points and, if they do, they could find themselves sitting third in table if other results go their way as well.
Here’s our predicted Villa XI for Saturday’s evening kick off against Nottingham Forest: