For the third time this campaign, Aston Villa will challenge an opposing club under new leadership. Championship play resumes as Villa face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Fresh off a thrilling FA Cup upset over Arsenal, Forest are set to defend their home ground once more. This time, in the league, against Aston Villa. In case you missed it, Forest are under new leadership as the club sacked manager Mark Warburton after sinking to 14th in the Championship table.
In comes former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka. Saturday will be his first match in charge of his new club.
Perhaps John Terry was rushed into action far too soon. He is a doubt for Saturday after rolling his ankle in training on Wednesday. Bruce is also waiting on the condition of Mile Jedinak. André Green is available after receiving another sixty minutes of action with the Under-23s.
PROJECTED ASTON VILLA XI (4-3-3/4-2-3-1): Johnstone; Elmohamady, Elphick, Chester, Hutton; Jedinak, Hourihane, Grealish; Snodgrass, Hogan, Adomah
SUBSTITUTES: Steer, Taylor, Onomah, Lansbury, Bjarnason, Green, Davis
Lots of notable omissions as Ritchie De Laet, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Callum O’Hare, and Glenn Whelan all could miss out for places. Scott Hogan is a good bet to start over Keinan Davis after training all week.
WHEN: Saturday, January 13 @ 12:30 p.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. GMT
WHERE: City Ground, West Bridgford
PREDICTION: 2-1 Aston Villa victory (Adomah, Grealish) (Brereton)
Nottingham Forest will prove to be tough challenge for Aston Villa. They are at home, coming off an excellent victory, and are under a new manager. Still, Villa are considered favorites for the match and rightfully so. Give me a comfortable victory with Albert Adomah and Jack Grealish to score.