Date: 30th August 2018 at 12:51pm
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Aston Villa head to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United this Saturday.

Sitting in fourth place in the Championship table after an unbeaten start to life in 2018/19 (we won’t talk about the EFL Cup here) Steve Bruce’s side have picked up two wins and three draws. The issue is the three draws have come on the spin and we should arguably have more points on the board at this stage, however, we continue to have an Achilles heel or two when it comes to conceding goals and killing off games.

After the shambles that was the midweek fixture, we all know Bruce will revert to our league lineup and with no defensive changes expected at this stage, as we all keep one eye on the rumour mill ahead of Friday’s deadline, the only change I can see from Reading is that Axel Tuanzebe will likely drop out – leaving the way clear for Ahmed Elmohamady to drop back so Yannick Bolasie can come into the side.

Hutton, Chester, Jedinak, Elmohamady
El Ghazi, Bjarnason, McGinn, Bolasie

Anyone expect anything different?

Of course, that assumes Jack Grealish and John McGinn have been passed fit after the knocks they took in our last Championship clash.

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4 Replies to “Villa’s Squad For The Blades Picks Itself – One Position Is Open For Debate Though”

  • We may see Whelan instead of Thor but wouldn’t be surprised if that was the line up. I personally think Axel has been better than some are giving him credit for. I guess if Jack or McGinn are out then Hourihane comes straight in, we could certainly do with his eye for goal at the moment

  • I fancy the team below as Villa’s best available given the current squad [taking into account final additions of the transfer window]. Ideally this team for the Sheff Utd game today too, only with Elmo or De Laet in to replace Bolasie as I gather Bolasie won’t start until after the international break. Should be more than good enough to get us automatic promotion too!

    Tuanzebe – Chester – Hutton
    Bolasie – Grealish – Bjarnason – McGinn – El Ghazi
    Kodjia – Abraham

    Obviously could have done with another centre back as Jedinak might look good for large chunks of a game but he is prone to unforced errors at crucial times just like Elphick, and although we don’t have a replacement, Elphick was never going to be good enough. Elphick even deflected the goal past Moreira that cost us the game against Burton.
    Hoping for a win today!

  • Aston Villa cannot go up with Steve Bruce as Manager.. The point is have they left it too late to sack him and get a knew one in?

  • I read Honest Daves comment above before the Sheffield United game and thought it unfair. However now I know the result I think Bruce will be under pressure more from our new owners rather than the fans. Are we making the same mistakes as last year? Should he stay? All I know is the last 4 games have brought gloom to the club as well as the fans. This is not what we expected and now I am not sure if Bruce is the man to get us promotion.

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