Aston Villa will look to bounce back from their disappointing 0-0 draw against Reading last Saturday by picking up a win against Sheffield United at Villa Park on Friday evening.

The game against Reading is one that both set of fans have probably done their best to forget as it was completely devoid of goalmouth action. In fact, there were more yellow cards in the match than there were shots on target, which tells you all you need to know.

The only real talking point of the game was the incident that involved Tyrone Mings and Nelson Oliveira. The pair, as you probably already know due to everyone wanting to give their opinion on the matter, had a coming together and Mings’ right boot landed on Oliveira’s face, resulting in deep gashes and a broken nose.

Many called for Mings to receive a lengthy ban for what they deemed to be a deliberate act, but the FA said that they cannot take further action as the referee had seen it and felt it was an accident. Therefore, he is available for this Friday’s match.

This will have been great news for Dean Smith as he will need all of his best players available if they are to get all three points against a Sheffield United side which sits just three points away from an automatic qualification spot.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Friday’s match against Sheffield United: