Villa take on West Brom at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening knowing that they will book their place in the play-off final at Wembley if they manage to avoid defeat.
Dean Smith’s men go into this second leg with a one goal advantage thanks to their second-half comeback at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
With 75 minutes gone it looked like Villa might be heading into Tuesday night with a one goal deficit to make up, but a stunning strike from Conor Hourihane and a penalty from Tammy Abraham ensured that this isn’t the case.
Villa’s chances of making it to Wembley were improved when Dwight Gayle picked up his second yellow card of the game when he clattered into Jed Steer with just two minutes of normal time remaining.
West Brom’s top scorer will now be suspended for tomorrow’s match, while Hal Robson-Kanu is also suspended after picking up a red card on the final day of the season.
Here is our predicted Villa XI for tomorrow’s second-leg play-off semi-final against West Brom:
GK: Jed Steer
Steer has been in wonderful form as of late and we certainly start in goal.
RB: Ahmed Elmohamady
Had a solid game on Saturday and we would be surprised if he didn’t start tomorrow evening.
CB: Tyrone Mings
Mings had one of his poorer games in a Villa shirt on Saturday, but he will definitely be starting tomorrow.
CB: Axel Tuanzebe
Tuanzebe put in a great defensive display on Saturday and will definitely line up alongside Mings tomorrow.
LB: Neil Taylor
Taylor has been playing pretty well lately, so we expect him to start at left-back.
RM: Andre Green
Green did more in 30 minutes than Adomah did in an hour, so we think Green will start.
CM: Glenn Whelan
Many will be calling for Hourihane to start, but with a lead to protect, we think Smith will stick with Whelan.
CM: John McGinn
McGinn had a poor game on Saturday, but there is no doubting his quality and he will certainly be starting tomorrow evening.
CM: Jack Grealish
As Villa’s best player, there’s no way that he won’t be starting tomorrow.
LM: Anwar El Ghazi
El Ghazi asked all sorts of questions of Albion’s defence on Saturday, and we would be very surprised if he isn’t starting tomorrow.
ST: Tammy Abraham
With 26 goals this season, it’s safe to say that Abraham will be leading the line tomorrow.
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