Sport Predicted Villa XI: Wolves (A)

19:10  12 october  2017
19:10  12 october  2017 Source:   readsport.co

McCormack admits his spell with Aston Villa was a "disaster"

  McCormack admits his spell with Aston Villa was a Ross McCormack has admitted that his time at Championship club Aston Villa was a “disaster” and hopes that his loan move to Melbourne City will help him to rediscover his goalscoring touch, according to a report on the Derby Telegraph. The striker has left Villa Park until January on a loan deal to Australian side Melbourne City and hopes to leave a lasting impact at the club. The 31-year-old, who had a glittering scoring career with Fulham and Leeds United, found it difficult to replicate that form with Villa and could not get a run of goals in the team. The forward has also found it difficult to see eye to eye with manager Steve Bruce, which has led him to being loaned out. “It’s been a disaster [at Villa]. There’s no two ways about it. I scored four goals and played something like 25 games,” said McCormack. “I think most players have a dip in their careers, hopefully that was mine,” he added. The Scottish forward joined Villa for £12m in the summer of 2016 and was given the target to fire the club back into the Premier league, but his form dipped. However, he has hit out at his critics. He said: “I was club captain at Leeds, club captain at Fulham. If you’ve got a bad attitude you’re not getting those honours. So my message is that I’m here to do things right.

Aston Villa made it an impressive seven wins from their last seven matches thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over local rivals Birmingham on Sunday afternoon. Here is our predicted XI for Saturday’s afternoon kick-off against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Nevertheless, they will want to end the season on a high, so they will try their best to overturn a strong, albeit it, most like second-string, Villa side. Here’s our predicted Villa XI for the trip to Millwall

Aston Villa v Bristol City - Sky Bet Championship © Nathan Stirk/Getty Images Sport Aston Villa v Bristol City - Sky Bet Championship

With the international break finished, our attention turns back to the Championship as Aston Villa head to the Molineux to play Wolves on Saturday evening.

Before the break for the World Cup Qualifiers, Villa had shot up the table thanks to a run of five wins and three draws in eight matches – they now sit just one point outside the play-off places and just four points off of an automatic qualification spot.

However, Steve Bruce and his team will know that they’re going to have to be at their very best if they hope to take all three points back to Birmingham. Wolves have been in great form as of late, and they currently sit in second place in the table, just a point off top spot.

Villa lose Taylor's red card appeal

  Villa lose Taylor's red card appeal According to an article in the Birmingham Mail, Neil Taylor will serve a 3 game ban after failing to overturn the red card that he picked up during the 1-0 win against Bolton on Saturday afternoon. The Wales international was sent off with just seconds left in the game after he put in a late tackle on Bolton’s Adam Le Fondre. After the game, Bruce declared that he thought it was a harsh sending off and that he would definitely think about appealing it. He did, but Jeremy Simpson’s decision was upheld. As a result, Taylor, who is currently away on international duty, will now miss Villa’s difficult away match to Wolves, their tricky home match against Fulham, and a clash against local rivals Birmingham. This gives Bruce a bit of a dilemma as Taylor is Villa’s only senior left-back. Therefore, he will now have to decide who is going to take Taylor’s place in the next three matches. It’s likely that Ritchie De Laet will fill in during Taylor’s absence, but Bruce could even consider playing Hutton at left-back.

In fact, if Preston beat Nottingham Forest and Ipswich shock Wolves , a Villa loss could see them slip down to 9th in the table. Here’s our predicted XI for Saturday’s match against Sheffield United.

Villa have picked up twelve points from the last available fifteen and, as a result, they are just five points away from a coveted automatic promotion spot. Here’s our predicted Villa ’s XI for tomorrow’s game

Villa’s line-up has been picking itself recently, but due to Neil Taylor’s suspension, Bruce is going to have to make at least one change.

Here’s our predicted Villa XI for Saturday;s clash with Wolves:

Bruce wants to sign Onomah permanently .
Steve Bruce has talked up an unlikely summer move for Tottenham youngster Josh Onomah. As per the London Evening Standard, Bruce says he would love to sign the player permanently, but admits he would need to break the bank in order to bring him to Villa Park. “Josh Onomah was terrific today. We’ll try to break the bank for him! But we know Spurs have got a very good player there.” Onomah has starred for Villa in recent weeks, who have won four out of their last five league games. The England youngster is highly thought of at Spurs, making a permanent move unlikely, but he was allowed to leave temporarily in the summer in order to continue his development. Onomah has featured 12 times for Villa this season, six of which have come from the start. During those games he has managed to score twice for Bruce’s side. Despite a permanent deal looking unlikely, Villa could take hope from the emergence of Harry Winks, who recently earned his first senior England call-up, meaning there’s plenty of competition in Onomah’s way at Spurs.

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