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Bjarnason out, £4.5m-rated man in: The Aston Villa XI Bruce must play v Forest tomorrow

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After losing 3-1 at Villa Park to League One side Peterborough last weekend, Steve Bruce will be looking for his side to get back to winning ways against Nottingham Forest. 

However, this won’t be easy as Forest head into this one off the back of a 4-2 victory over Premier League opposition Arsenal, and with their new manager Aitor Karanka taking his first-game in charge this could be a tough encounter for the Villans.

Indeed, with Villa keen to replicate the performance of their 5-0 win over Bristol City in their last Championship encounter, Bruce will look to some of his star players to deliver the goods once again.

Of course, knowing that a win can aid their push for promotion to the Premier League, Steve Bruce should look at fielding this starting XI against Forest tomorrow…

Sam Johnstone has been the rock in the side over the course of the whole season, as their last line of defence he’s been sure to save them from the clutches of despair on a fair few occasions so far.

The centre-back pairing of John Terry and James Chester has been a formidable one this season, with the experience and quality of both players working perfectly to withstand attacking barrages.

Ahmed Elmohamady will take up the position on the right-hand side after an impressive performance against Bristol City, with his attacking intent causing all sorts of problems with crosses into the box.

Neil Taylor will replace Alan Hutton ahead of all the possible transfer talk with the Scot, a player who’s not really shown much for Villa this season but will be sure to get a look into the side with Hutton’s uncertain future.

Mile Jedinak will be tasked with steering the ship in the defensive quarters of the midfield, as the anchorman picking up the ball and distributing it into more positive areas of the pitch.

With Jack Grelish and Conor Hourihane in the central midfield roles.

Grealish will play slightly higher up the pitch in more of a support role for loan striker Scott Hogan, the £4.5m-rated man has been influential since returning from injury, as he looks to provide for the team.

Conor Hourihane will patrol the midfield quarters, picking up any loose balls and sitting on the dangerous Ben Osborn in the Forest ranks, but can also hurt the opposition from long range.

Albert Adomah will take up his normal position on the left, looking to put his pace and trickery to good use once again after becoming a defender’s nightmare this campaign.

Robert Snodgrass on the other wing will look to build on his two-goals against Bristol City with another established performance, as very much the creator and set-piece distributor in the side.

Finally, leading the line will be striker Scott Hogan. A player who is  yet to find his feet at Villa Park, but after scoring against Bristol City, he’ll be looking to add to his tally against a leaky Forest defence.

A game that will see Villa go onto the attack, with Karanka setting his side up to be defensively sound with an attacking threat when moving forward.

If Steve Bruce gets his side playing the kind of football they did in their last Championship outing, then not even Aitor Karanka and his new Forest side will be able to stop them.

Villa fans, is this the starting XI you’d like to see? 

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