Aston Villa beat fierce local rivals Birmingham City once again on Sunday afternoon, but the game was overshadowed by a thug who thought it would be a bit of a laugh to run on the pitch and assault Jack Grealish. 

However, it was the Villa captain who had the last laugh as he scored the only goal of the game. Meanwhile, the thug, who has been named as 27-year-old Paul Mitchell, will be spending the next 14 weeks behind bars.

He has also been banned from St. Andrew’s for life, but the majority of Villa fans will probably argue that it would have been more of a punishment if he was forced to go watch Birmingham City play every weekend. 

Next up for Dean Smith’s men is an away trip to play Nottingham Forest. The last time these two sides met, they scored five goals apiece in what will likely go down as the most exciting Championship game of the season. 

A win for Villa will take them above Forest, and, if other results go their way, they could see themselves sitting just one point adrift of the play-off places. 

Here is our predicted XI for Wednesday’s game against Nottingham Forest: