Aston Villa made it five wins from five last Saturday when they defeated Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Villa Park.
Despite what the scoreline might suggest, it was a relatively comfortable win for Dean Smith’s men, who could have had the game wrapped up at half time if a bit more luck was on their side.
Next up for Villa is a trip to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday, which means that they will be coming up against former Villa manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce has been in charge of the Owls for 11 games and has seen them secure five wins and six draws. As a result, they currently sit just four points below Villa in 11th place and also have their eyes on securing a play-off position.
Bruce would love to get one over on his old employers, but if Villa continue to play how they have been playing of late, it will be a hard task for the home side.
Here is our predicted Villa XI for Saturday’s match against Sheffield Wednesday:
GK: Jed Steer
Steer hasn’t done much wrong since he took over from Kalinic (although, to be fair, he hasn’t had much to do), so we expect him to start once again on Saturday.
RB: Ahmed Elmohamady
Elmohamady is Villa’s only available right-back, but with the form he is in, he deserves a starting position anyway.
CB: Tyrone Mings
Mings has been an absolute beast for Villa since he joined and will certainly be starting on Saturday.
CB: Kourtney Hause
Hause is forming a fantastic partnership with Mings, and Smith will be hoping they can stay fit and help Villa reach the play-offs.
LB: Neil Taylor
Taylor has improved a lot lately, and as Villa’s only available left-back he is a certainty to start.
RM: Andre Green
Didn’t have the best of games against Blackburn, but we expect to see him start over Adomah. Smith will likely be in the market for a new right-winger in the summer.
CM: Glenn Whelan
Whelan has been incredible these last few weeks and we expect to see him starting again on Saturday. If he keeps it up, he might just see himself rewarded with another contract.
CM: John McGinn
McGinn rarely has a poor game and we expect to see him starting against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
CM: Jack Grealish
Grealish was under the watchful eye of Gareth Southgate against Blackburn and is one of the first names on the teamsheet.
LM: Anwar El Ghazi
Villa fans didn’t know what to make of El Ghazi at first, but he has pulled his socks up these last few weeks, putting in some solid performances. We expect to see him start on the left wing again on Saturday.
ST: Tammy Abraham
Abraham has scored 22 goals in 33 appearances for Villa and will certainly be leading the line on Saturday.
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