COMMENT By Matt Farr
Aston Villa should make just one change to their starting eleven as they prepare to take on QPR in the Championship on Tuesday night.
If Scott Hogan fails to prove his fitness ahead of the upcoming clash, exciting teenage winger Andre Green should be handed a place in the starting eleven by Steve Bruce.
Hogan was forced off after just 37 minutes with an ankle knock during the recent 2-0 win over Norwich, and may be a doubt for Tuesday’s clash.
But Green has been impressive when called upon by Bruce this season, and should be given the nod ahead of Jordan Amavi and Jack Grealish for a left-wing role.
Bruce should name no further changes to his side following Saturday’s win over Norwich, meaning ten players retain their places.
Aston Villa have struggled to pick up clean sheets throughout the campaign, however, a recent upturn in form has seen Bruce’s record clean sheets in each of their last six Championship victories.
At the heart of that success has been goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, as well as defensive quartet Neil Taylor, James Chester, Nathan Baker and Alan Hutton.
Therefore, they should all be handed starting roles in a bid to maintain their impressive defensive record against QPR.
Mile Jedinak has also been integral to their new-found defensive security, and must start once again in the centre of midfield, alongside the creative Conor Hourihane.
The remainder of Aston Villa’s side should see Henri Lansbury, Albert Adomah and Jonathan Kodjia continue in their respective roles.
Adomah has five assists from his last six league appearances, while Kodjia tops the goalscoring charts for Aston Villa with 17 goals.
A win for Aston Villa could see them continue their late surge towards the promotion race by jumping ahead of Derby into the Championship’s top ten.
In other Aston Villa team news, Bruce has delivered his verdict on Kodjia ahead of the summer transfer window.