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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.
Expected to retain his spot between the sticks. He will have his work cut out against a potent Cardiff attack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scored in the game against Reading and he should retain his spot against Cardiff since his power in the midfield will be crucial.
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.
Snodgrass’ pace and creativity on the left-wing can create a lot of troubles for the opponent defenders, meaning he should retain his spot.
Grealish scored the only goal against Norwich and is a sure starter for the upcoming match.
Adomah’s trickery and power on the right-wing will be crucial for the club in penetrating a stubborn Cardiff defence.
Hogan is expected to lead the line against Cardiff this week and the player would be looking to get his name on the scoresheet.