Aston Villa v Boro - Opposition Preview

Boro travel to an out-of-form Aston Villa on Tuesday night for their next Championship fixture.

Aston Villa v Boro - Opposition Preview

We spoke to Stuart from Aston Villa blog ‘A Villa Fan’ about their start to the season and what to expect on Tuesday night.

We asked Stuart what their expectations were prior to the start of the season and if that had changed 6 games in. “Expectations were and still are promotion at any cost - no excuse.”

“Natives are getting restless at the moment as many believe we have the strongest, if not one of the strongest squads in the division but Bruce’s decisions and tactics are leaving a lot to be desired.”

“Many believe he is on borrowed time and a defeat to yourselves could see him gone.”

Steve Bruce said that the performance against Brentford was “arguably as bad as we’ve been since I took over” so we were keen to ask Stuart what he made of this. “Bad as he has seen since the last time he said that (against Reading and Cardiff).”

“We always knew the football would be bad but to be bad and not looking like winning games is a joke. I’d expect Jedinak to finally return and Kodjia maybe on the bench.”

We were keen to know which key players Boro should look out for on Tuesday night, “Key players? If we play to his strengths then Conor Hourihane can be a problem for anyone.”

“A lot of fans are calling for Adomah to come back in but as I am sure you know yourself he can be very hit and miss.”

Predicted Line Up and Formation

“Most likely line up along these lines in a 4-5-1. Johnstone, Taylor, Terry, Chester, Bree/Elmo; Jedinak, Whelan, Hourihane, Onomah, Snodgrass; Hogan”

Score Prediction

"I'll go with a 1-1 draw and that's me being optimistic!"

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