The international break came at a great time for Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce as it gave him two weeks to have a deep think about what his best starting XI is.

Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris allowed Bruce to bring in seven new faces during the transfer market, and it is now up to him to form a cohesive team that can take Villa back to the Premier League.

Bruce hasn’t named an unchanged line-up this season which suggests to us that he doesn’t quite know what his best starting XI is.

Villa have had a mixed start to the season – they have 2 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss, meaning that they currently sit in 12th place in the table with 9 points.

Next up for Bruce’s men is an away trip to Ewood Park on Saturday to take on Blackburn Rovers. Tony Mowbray’s side have had a decent start to the season and are level on points with Villa.

The pressure is on Bruce here because if Villa leave Lancashire with no points, he will be able to hear the cries for him to be sacked 100 or so miles away in Birmingham.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Saturday’s match against Blackburn:

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