Aston Villa dispatched Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday evening, making it 5 wins and a draw from their last 6 matches.

One of the reasons Dean Smith was selected to be Villa’s manager was his reputation for getting the most out of his attacking players, and he is currently meeting these expectations as his side are currently averaging 2.5 goals a game. To put this into some perspective, when Bruce was in charge, Villa were averaging just 1.5 goals a match.

Villa fans will be hoping that the goals continue to fly in as the upcoming fixtures don’t get any easier. Next up for Smith’s men is a trip to The Hawthorns on Friday night to take on West Brom, who currently sit third in the table, four points above Villa.

A win for Villa could, if other results go their way, see them move into the top 6 for a first time in a long while.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Friday’s match against West Brom:

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Manchester City

Manchester City

Liverpool

Liverpool

Spurs

Spurs

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