Well, we know it’s a big game tonight as Gary Monk’s Middlesbrough come calling. We’ve heard calls for unity, and despite our individual opinions, I agree that a home crowd fully behind the team is essential. Even if Ladbrokes are publishing a list of potential successors to Steve Bruce.
Will we see the best of Villa? The commitment and energy Bruce has asked for? Will we see a referendum on Bruce from the players, either good or bad? Stay tuned.
Not too many surprises in the lineup as I’ve seen it reported, but Elmo apparently moves to right back to make room for Snodgrass. Dunno how Bree and De Laet will get a game outside cup ties or through injury, but that’s for another day. Keinan Davis seems to have passed a late fitness test, and Bjarnason comes in for Green.
Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Taylor
Snodgrass, Hourihane, Bjarnason
So, there it is, another variant on the 4-2-3-1. Let’s hope Snodgrass is up to snuff, Jedinak’s well and truly fit, and Lansbury can put himself about a little bit.