Bruce to field an unchanged XI – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Aston Villa line-up to face Cardiff City

Predicted Aston Villa Line-up To Face Cardiff City In The EFL Championship

Aston Villa host promotion rivals Cardiff City at Villa Park in a scintillating midweek clash but all is not well for Steve Bruce’s men. The Villans have won just one out of their last 4 games and their most recent humbling came at the hands of Norwich City, who beat them 3-1.

Villa are now 7 points behind second-placed Cardiff and it will be important for the club to beat them in order to close down the gap.

However, that will prove to be an uphill task since the visitors have lost only once in their last 4 games.

Probable Aston Villa XI

Manager: Steve Bruce

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Sam Johnstone (GK)

Expected to retain his spot between the sticks. He will have his work cut out against a potent Cardiff attack.

Ahmed Elmohamady (RB)

The defender can deliver some important crosses. He tackles well to prevent the opponent attackers from moving forward and he is likely to hold on to his spot.

John Terry (CB)

Terry’s experience can do a lot of things for Villa at the back and given the gravity of the upcoming match, the former Chelsea star should start for sure.

Sam Johnstone


James Chester (CB)

Chester is a hard-worker and he partners well with Terry, meaning he should find his name in the starting XI for the midweek clash.

Neil Taylor (LB)

Taylor’s energy and pace on the left-hand side can create a lot of opportunities for Villa, making it likely for him to receive a start against Cardiff.

Birkir Bjarnason (CM)

Scored in the game against Reading and he should retain his spot against Cardiff since his power in the midfield will be crucial.

Conor Hourihane (CM)

Hourihane can be a tad bit wasteful but on a good day, he can work wonders for Villa. Also, he partners well with Bjarnason and is expected to start.

Robert Snodgrass (LW)

Snodgrass’ pace and creativity on the left-wing can create a lot of troubles for the opponent defenders, meaning he should retain his spot.


Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish (CAM)

Grealish scored the only goal against Norwich and is a sure starter for the upcoming match.

Albert Adomah (RW)

Adomah’s trickery and power on the right-wing will be crucial for the club in penetrating a stubborn Cardiff defence.

Scott Hogan (CF)

Hogan is expected to lead the line against Cardiff this week and the player would be looking to get his name on the scoresheet.


Written by Meghna Sengupta

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