IT’S interesting to see how the opposition view Aston Villa at the moment.
And here is the assessment from Blackburn Rovers website https://roverschat.com/ as they assess their visit to Villa Park.
It is fair to say there is not much optimism on show from Rovers as they clearly echo the accepted view that Villa are favourites for the three points.
Here is their breakdown of their predicted Villa line up – our only tweak would be Axel Tuanzebe possibly coming in a centre half alongside Tyrone Mings with Kortney Hause reverting to left-back.
“Well, it’s great to be back to domestic matters but I’m not sure that there are any tougher assignments to return to in the Championship at the moment than going to Villa Park.
Aston Villa are in a rich vein of form at the moment and look dangerous in many areas of the pitch as they look to cement themselves a position in the playoff places.
“This is how we expect the Villans to line up against Rovers on Saturday.”
Goalkeeper: Jed Steer
Villa have used four goalkeepers so far this season (Ex Rover Mark Bunn being one of them) but for now Steer has claimed the jersey. This change has coincided with a much improved defensive output with only two goals conceded in their last six games.
Right Back: Ahmad Elmohamady
The Egypt international has flourished in the 4-3-3 system that allows him to use his energy to get up and down, as evidenced by his six assists this season.
Central Defender: Tyrone Mings
According to Villa fans and analysts the on loan Bournemouth man has been the key difference in the improved defensive performances. He is an imposing presence with quality on the ball
Central Defender: Kortney Hause
The former Wolves centre back was another January signing that has made a big impact. Like Mings he can play left back as well as centre back but he will be the one dominating in the air with Mings covering around the back. They have begun to strike up an excellent partnership.
Left Back: Neil Taylor
The Wales left back has always been a consistent performer across his career, and this season has been no different.
Central Midfield: Glenn Whelan
Speaking of consistency, this is also Whelan’s key attribute. When he is on the pitch he tends to give some balance to the midfield and allows the more expressive players to get forward and play. He is a good leader and gets people organised.
Central Midfield: John McGinn
The Scotland International was in high demand at the start of the season and has shown why with a series of impressive displays in the centre of midfield. He is great on the ball and has scored some superb goals. He has five goals and eight assists so far this season.
Central Midfield: Jack Grealish
No doubt about it, Grealish is the key man in this Villa side. Since he returned to the team after injury Villa have won every game. His statistical output may not scream out at you (four goals, five assists) but he controls games with his fantastic dribbling ability and key passes. I hope he has an off day on Saturday but I’m excited to see him play live again.
Right Winger: Anwar Al Ghazi
A tricky and pacey winger with an eye for goal. The Dutch winger scored in his last match v Middlesborough taking his tally to five goals in his first season of English football.
Centre Forward: Tammy Abraham
A lot of people would say that Abraham is the best striker in the Football League, and it’s difficult to disagree with that. The Chelsea loanee has 21 goals this season, albeit only two in his last nine matches, so he isn’t in a rich vein of scoring form. He was a bit of a doubt for the match after missing England u21 duty but reports suggest he should be fine. Abraham will be replaced by Jonathan Kodjia or Keinan Davis if he isn’t fit.
Left Winger: Andre Green
The youngster was recalled from his loan at Portsmouth in January and has done well to force his way into Dean Smith’s plans. After a number of substitute appearances Green has started the last two games and is expected to keep his place .