Aston Villa kept their promotion hopes well and truly on track at the weekend when they dispatched league leaders Wolves 4-1 at Villa Park.
It was a result that even the most optimistic of Villa fans wouldn’t have predicted, but it is one that leaves Villa just seven points off first place with 10 games remaining.
Next up for Villa is a home match against QPR. This match was meant to be played a couple of weeks ago but it was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
QPR have had a very average season so far, with 43 points from 36 matches, so Villa will be quietly confident about being able to pick up all three points and heaping more pressure on Cardiff City and Wolves – who play Brentford and Reading respectively.
If results go their way, by the end of the night, the gap at the top could be cut to just four points.
Here is our predicted Villa XI for Tuesday’s match against QPR:
GK: Sam Johnstone
One of the first names that Bruce will write on the teamsheet.
RB: Ahmed Elmohamady
We expect Bruce to stick with Elmohamdy at right-back. He hasn’t done much wrong lately.
CB: James Chester
Has been a stand-out performer for Villa this season and there’s no way he won’t be starting on Tuesday.
CB: John Terry
What an astute signing Terry has turned out to be. Has formed a wonderful partnership with Chester, which could be the difference between promotion and another season in the Championship.
LB: Neil Taylor
With Hutton still nursing an injury, we expect Taylor to be starting once again.
RM: Robert Snodgrass
Snodgrass has been exceptional since he joined Villa and he’ll almost certainly be starting on Tuesday evening.
CM: Mile Jedinak
With Whelan out injured, Jedinak will be the one tasked with providing extra cover for the defence.
CM: Conor Hourihane
Had an average game against Wolves, but we still see him starting tomorrow.
CM: Jack Grealish
Grealish tore Wolves apart at the weekend and will almost certainly be starting against QPR. He’s in the form of his life at the moment.
LM: Albert Adomah -
Adomah scored his 15th goal of the season against Wolves, so there’s just no way he can be left out the side.
LM: Albert Adomah
It’d be a shock if Albert Adomah didn’t start this game.
ST: Lewis Grabban
Grabban scored his 4th goal in as many games and has now ousted Hogan out of the starting XI.