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: