Aston Villa made it seven wins from their last seven matches on Wednesday thanks to a 2-1 win against Rotherham at the New York City Stadium.
Everyone thought Villa would continue their winning run, but they did it the hard way as they had to come from a goal and a man down to claim all three points.
Tyrone Mings was sent off with just over half an hour gone when he picked up a second yellow for handling the ball in the box. It was probably a penalty, but whether it was worthy of a yellow card and a subsequent early shower is debatable. However, as it is, Mings will now miss a crucial game on Saturday.
This crucial game is against Bristol City at Villa Park. The Robins have been playing some decent football as of late and if Dean Smith’s men play how they played against Rotherham in the first-half on Wednesday, the game could be all over by half-time.
If Villa make it eight wins from eight, and other results go their way as well, they could find themselves with a nice eight point gap between them in 5th and Middlesbrough in 7th.
Here’s what we think the starting XI will be against Bristol City on Saturday:
GK: Jed Steer
Steer has been very good for Villa since he came into the starting XI, and he will certainly be starting against Bristol City on Saturday.
RB: Ahmed Elmohamady
Elmohamady is Villa’s only available right-back at the moment, but on current form he would probably be starting anyway.
CB: Axel Tuanzebe
Tuanzebe has fitted back into the team like he was never out of it. He will be starting at the weekend.
CB: Mile Jedinak
With Mings suspended and Hause and Chester injured, it looks like Jedinak will play alongside Tuanzebe in the heart of the defence.
LB: Neil Taylor
Taylor has been playing very well as of late and we expect to see him start once again on Saturday.
RM: Albert Adomah
Only got 30 minutes against Rotherham as he was sacrificed when Mings got sent off, so we reckon he will be given a start against Bristol.
CM: Glenn Whelan
Bristol will offer more of an attacking threat than Rotherham, so we expect to see Whelan return to the defensive midfield role.
CM: John McGinn
Every manager would love to have McGinn in their team. Villa played for an hour with ten men against Rotherham, but you wouldn’t think it as Mcginn did the work of two players. He will certainly start on Saturday.
CM: Jack Grealish
Every manager would love to have Grealish in their team as well. We would bet our life savings on Grealish starting against Bristol.
LM: Jonathan Kodjia
Came on at half-time against Rotherham and caused all sorts of trouble. On the other hand, Anwar El Ghazi was poor, so we think Kodjia might take his place on Saturday.
ST: Tammy Abraham
As Villa’s top scorer by a country mile this season, there’s no way he won’t be starting on Saturday.