Aston Villa earned a very valuable three points on Saturday afternoon thanks to a hard-thought 1-0 win over promotion rivals Middlesbrough.

If we are being perfectly honest, it wasn’t the best of performances from Steve Bruce’s side, but after a pretty poor December, Bruce, the players, and the fans won’t care too much about that.

These three points moved Villa up to 7th in the table, level on points and goal difference with Sheffield United in sixth.

Games come thick and fast at this time of year and next up for Villa is a tricky home match against Bristol City.

The Robin’s have been having a fantastic season, and they are currently in 3rd place, six points above Villa. They have only lost four games this season which can only be bettered by Wolves.

Therefore, Villa will know that they cannot afford to be sloppy if they wish to get anything out of this game.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Monday’s match against Brighton.