Aston Villa somehow managed to leave Villa Park with a point last Friday, despite the fact that they were 3-0 down to Sheffield United with just 8 minutes of normal time left on the clock.
Draws are not really what Villa need right now as they are 6 points away from the play-off positions, but that draw would have felt somewhat like a win for anyone of a claret and blue persuasion.
Dean Smith will return to Griffin Park on Wednesday as his men take on Brentford, and he will be hoping to end his former side’s unbeaten run in this fixture.
Since Villa were relegated from the Premier League, the two teams have met 5 times and the Bees have won both of their home fixtures comfortably and have picked up 3 draws at Villa Park.
If Villa fail to pick up all three points, they could find themselves 9 points adrift of Bristol City in 6th (who also have a game in hand), and it would be hard to see them being able to close such a big gap.
Here is our predicted Villa XI for Wednesday’s game against Brentford:
GK: Lovre Kalinic
Kalinic will be Villa’s No.1 keeper for the foreseeable future.
RB: Alan Hutton
Hutton had a pretty poor game against Sheffield United, but we still expect him to start on Wednesday due to a lack of options at right-back.
CB: Tyrone Mings
Mings has been very good in his first two games for Villa, and we reckon he will start at centre-back again with Chester being given more resting time for his knee to heal properly.
CB: Tommy Elphick
Elphick has barely put a foot wrong since he was called back from his loan spell at Hull, and he should be starting once again on Wednesday.
LB: Neil Taylor
Once again, due to a lack of natural left-footed defenders, we can see Taylor starting at left-back against Brentford.
RM: Albert Adomah
Kodjia looked like he couldn’t really be bothered to play last Friday, so we reckon he will drop to the bench and Adomah will start on the right wing.
CM: Glenn Whelan
Whelan was very good when he came on for the final 30 minutes against Sheffield United, so he should replace Jedinak, who was pretty poor.
CM: Conor Hourihane
With Tom Carroll injured, Hourihane will probably start once again despite being woefully out of form.
CM: John McGinn
Has been Villa’s best midfielder since Grealish picked up an injury, and will definitely be starting on Wednesday.
LM: Andre Green
Put in an impressive cameo appearance against Sheffield United, so we think he will be rewarded with a start on Wednesday.
ST: Tammy Abraham
Abraham became the first Villa player since 1981 to score 20 league goals in a season, so it’s safe to assume that he will be starting against Brentford.