Dean Smith should make three changes to Aston Villa’s starting line-up if he wants to name his best possible side for the clash against Rotherham at the New York Stadium on Wednesday night.
Anwar El Ghazi must be axed from the attack so that Albert Adomah can start after he made a superb appearance off the bench against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Adomah scored in stoppage time to put Villa ahead against the Yorkshire club, while El Ghazi did little of note in that game and he should be dropped in order to freshen up the attack and also hand the on-loan attacker a bit of a rest.
Jed Steer should start in goals as he is Aston Villa’s best option in between the sticks right now.
Smith needs to make one change to his defence after Kortney Hause went off injured against Sheffield Wednesday, so it would make sense for Axel Tuanzebe to return to the side for his first start since mid-December.
Glenn Whelan looked tired towards the end of the win on Saturday, so he should make way for Conor Hourihane in the deeper-lying midfield position, where he should play alongside John McGinn and behind No 10 Jack Grealish.
Adomah should start on the right wing and Andre Green on the left, with Tammy Abraham retaining his place as the centre-forward to round off Villa’s best possible starting line-up for this week’s action.
Rotherham are a team that Aston Villa should be beating without a problem, but if Smith names this starting 11 on Wednesday night, then the West Midlands club is bound to smash the Millers and continue on their way to sealing a spot in the play-offs.