Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers prediction: Aston Villa line-up
Aston Villa will be aiming to continue their recently found good form when they face Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park this Saturday. Dean Smith’s men won four consecutive games before the international break and found their way to sixth place in the table.
They are up against a Blackburn team who are in and out of form and find themselves at 17th place in the table. Hence, on paper, Villa
Tommy Elphick is suffering from a foot injury and should be back by the second week of next month. Alan Hutton is suffering from a knee injury and has no return date.
James Chester is close to a return but this weekend would come too soon. Henri Lansbury is back in training and could be in the squad for this game. Tammy Abraham is closing in on a return from a calf injury. Orjan Nyland is out for the season.
Predicted Aston Villa XI
Manager: Dean Smith
Jed Steer (GK)
Since returning from the loan spell, Steer has been starting in goal for Villa and should do so this weekend.
Ahmed Elmohamady (RW)
With Hutton out for this game, Elmohamady, who played well against Middlesbrough a fortnight ago, should get a chance at right-back.
Kortney Hause (CB)
The on-loan defender from Wolves did well against Boro and is expected to get another go in central defence this weekend.
Tyrone Mings (CB)
With Elphick out and Chester a doubt, Mings is certain to partner Hause in central defence.
Neil Taylor (LB)
The Welshman has stepped up his performances in the last few weeks and has marked his place in the team.
Glenn Whelan (CDM)
The veteran does a decent job in defensive midfield and his experience would be key in the final few games of this season.
Andre Green (RW)
The youngster wasn’t at his best last time around but he is a good prospect and should get more opportunities to prove his worth.
John McGinn (RCM)
He is one of the star players in the Villa team and probably the first name on the team sheet.
Jack Grealish (LCM)
The playmaker has been in great form since returning from injury and is expected to start in central attacking midfield.
Anwar El Ghazi (LW)
He was pretty good against Boro and Villa fans would be hoping for more of the same against Blackburn.
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Jonathan Kodjia (ST)
Abraham was subbed off injured in the previous game and pulled out of the England U21 games. Hence, we could see Kodjia leading the line this weekend.