Aston Villa

Predicted Aston Villa line-up to face Birmingham City in the Championship

Aston Villa will be hoping to do the double over arch-rivals Birmingham City when they travel to the St. Andrews on Sunday.

The Villans demolished Derby County 4-0 last weekend and will head into this game high in confidence. Dean Smith will hope his boys produce something similar against their arch-rivals as Aston Villa look to get into the playoffs.

Birmingham City, meanwhile, come into this game off the back of a disappointing 2-0 loss at Hull City.

Team News

John McGinn is available for selection after serving his two-game suspension.

Tommy Elphick injured his heel against Derby and will be out for some time now.

Probable Aston Villa XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Dean Smith

Jed Steer (GK)

Steer kept a clean sheet last weekend and will be hoping to keep one at Birmingham City.

Ahmed Elmohamady (RB)

Hutton’s injury should see Elmohamady at right-back until he returns. The Egyptian will aim to put a strong display on Sunday.

Mile Jedinak

Mile Jedinak (CB)

With Elphick joining Chester in the injury list, Smith could use Jedinak in central defence at the weekend.

Tyrone Mings (CB)

Mings has to take responsibility and marshal the defence on Sunday.

Neil Taylor (LB)

Taylor has been poor this campaign but should return at left-back against Birmingham City.

Jack Grealish

Conor Hourihane (CDM)

Hourihane scored a brace in the 4-0 victory over Derby and will be confident of getting on the score sheet again.

John McGinn (RCM)

McGinn will walk straight back into the starting XI after serving a two-game suspension.

Jack Grealish (LCM)

Grealish is a creative player who will have to deliver the goods if Villa are complete the double over Birmingham.

Anwar El Ghazi (LW)

El Ghazi can terrorise the Birmingham defenders with his trickery and raw pace. He will start on the left wing at the weekend.

Tammy Abraham

Albert Adomah (RW)

Adomah needs to start delivering the goods consistently if Villa are to make it to the playoffs this season.

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Tammy Abraham (ST)

Tammy has been Villa’s chief source of goals this season. He is an undoubted starter at St. Andrews.

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