Aston Villa came from behind twice on Saturday afternoon to see off Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 at Hillsborough.
It wasn’t the greatest performance that the team have put in this season, but as long as they keep picking up three points, then Steve Bruce and the Villa fans won’t care one little bit.
Next up for Villa is a home match against QPR on Saturday afternoon. The Hoops have had a relatively poor season and find themselves sitting in 16th place, just 9 points above the Relegation Zone.
Their porous defence has conceded 51 goals in 34 matches, making it one of poorest defences in the league this season – only Nottingham Forest (53), Burton Albion (60), and Sunderland (61) have conceded more. Therefore, the Villa attack will be quietly confident about piling on more woe while also increasing the pressure on Cardiff City.
Here’s our predicted XI for Saturday’s match against QPR.
GK: Sam Johnstone
As one of the best keepers in the league, there’s no way he won’t be starting on Saturday.
LB: Neil Taylor
Since Hutton has picked up a hamstring injury, Taylor will be given his starting XI place back.
CB: John Terry
As club captain, there’s no way that he won’t be starting against QPR this weekend.
CB: James Chester
Along with Terry, he has been in fine form for Villa and Bruce won’t want to break up this solid partnership at such a crucial stage in the season.
RB: Ahmed Elmohamady
With Tuanzebe also having picked up a hamstring injury, we expect to Elmohamady starting at right back on Saturday.
RM: Robert Snodgrass
Snodgrass has been fantastic for Villa this season and it would be surprising to see him miss out at the weekend. He has showed West Ham what they’ve been missing.
CM: Mile Jedinak
We expect to see Jedinak starting on Saturday as he provides extra cover for the defence.
CM: Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish has missed the last few games, but if he’s fit again, he should start against QPR. Villa have missed him dearly.
CM: Conor Hourihane
Hasn’t been playing as well as he can, but as long as he keeps chipping in with goals, he’ll keep his place in the team.
LM: Albert Adomah
Rumour has it that Adomah is also fit again and, if this is the case, we expect to see him in the starting XI.
ST: Lewis Grabban
His power and pace should be useful in this game as QPR have a pretty leaky defence.