The Aston Villa XI Bruce should pick to beat an out of sorts Norwich

Aston Villa will be hoping to keep their promotion hopes alive when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road tonight.

This was a top-flight fixture last season and both teams have endured opposing starts to their respective campaigns with the Villans struggling at the beginning and getting better as it goes on, while the Canaries started well but have hit a real blip as the busy festive period approaches.

Steve Bruce’s side beat one of his old clubs, Wigan Athletic, 1-0 at Villa Park at the weekend with Jack Grealish’s 88th-minute stunner proving to be the difference between the two sides as the MiIdlanders moved to within four points of the play-offs.

There was no such elation for the ninth-placed Canaries, who have lost six of their last seven league matches, as they were beaten 2-1 by Barnsley at Oakwell with the Tykes’ recording their first home league win since August.

Here is FootballFanCast’s Villa XI that will take all three points back to Birmingham…