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Striker axed in Bruce 4-4-2: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Burton

By Matt Farr

Aston Villa should drop Ross McCormack from their team for their upcoming clash with Burton Albion on Monday.

The 30-year-old striker has struggled to impress at Villa Park since arriving at the club in the summer, and has scored just two goals from 17 games in all competitions.

McCormack started in the victory over Queens Park Rangers last time out, but may not have done enough to retain his place in the starting XI to face Burton.

In his place, Steve Bruce should pick Rudy Gestede, and change his formation to go with two strikers, with Gestede alongside Jonathan Kodjia.

Kodjia is the in-form man in Villa’s attack this season, scoring eight goals from 21 appearances. Gestede, meanwhile, has four goals, and his presence will give Villa a different approach.

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The experienced Mark Bunn should retain his place in goal at the expense of Pierluigi Gollin, as there are still doubts over the young goalkeeper’s ability.

Bruce should resist the urge to bring in Aly Cissokho and Tommy Elphick at the back, meaning the back-four should remain the same after a solid defensive-effort against QPR.

Mile Jedinak has been superb for Villa this season, and should retain his place in the midfield. Ashley Westwood should come back into the side as his partner, replacing Gary Gardner.

Bruce should also make a change in the wide areas, with Jack Grealish coming in for Leandro Bacuna. The highly-rated winger has contributed three goals and four assists from 18 appearances, but was on the bench against QPR.

Albert Adomah should keep his place on the right-hand side, after notching up four assists this season.

In other Aston Villa news, David Prutton has made his prediction for the game, and predicts this man to shine.