Things haven’t been easy since he took over, with some good performances and results mixed in with displays such as the recent 2-0 home defeat against Swansea, although a nice FA Cup run will bring plenty of cheer to supporters.
They have a tricky trip to the Memorial Ground on Saturday night to face a Pirates team who have just lost their manager, with the Villans available at the backable price of 4/7 (Betfred – £50 free bets) to beat their League Two opponents.
Considering that Villa beat Chelsea 3-1 in their last away game, many people will be looking twice at those odds, although much depends on the team selection and McLeish will know that a draw should mean a mopping up job in the replay ten days later.
Rovers were expected to mount a promotion challenge in League Two this season although they lost their way early in the campaign and sit 19th in the table, having conceded an average of two goals per game.
Their last home game saw Crewe run rampant to win 5-2, although they will be looking to raise their game against Premier League opposition and Victor Chandler (£25 free betting) offers 6/1 that the Gas bring their fans some post-Christmas joy after a festive season to forget results-wise.
Scott McGleish is a veteran striker who will be hoping to get his chance to play against Richard Dunne and James Collins, with McLeish looking for a professional performance from his side and a 3-1 scoreline in their favour very much looks the ticket at 12/1.