Thanks to their FA Cup exit at the hands of Peterborough, the Aston Villa players had a much needed break this weekend.
December and January are notoriously hectic months in the football calendar, and this time off should have served them well ahead of their big game away to Sheffield United tomorrow evening.
With the Blades sitting in 7th place, just four points below Villa in 5th, this game could go a very long way to deciding who finishes in a play-off position and who finishes agonizingly short.
Sheffield United have been one of the surprise teams of the season, and the Villa players will know that they will have to put in a very good performance if they are to take all three points away from Bramall Lane – and make it five wins in a row.
Here’s our predicted Villa XI for tomorrow’s big game against Sheffield United.