Aston Villa travel away to face Brentford today in the Premier League as they look to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea last time out.
Villa had their clash with Leeds United postponed which means that they have had a week to prepare for this match against Thomas Frank’s side and Steven Gerrard will surely be hoping for a return to winning ways.
The Villans had won four of their previous six league matches prior to the loss against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team and could move up the table with a win over Brentford.
How many changes will Gerrard make? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make three changes to the side, with Anwar El Ghazi, John McGinn and Bertrand Traore coming in.
It was reported earlier this week that McGinn is expected to return from injury for this match. We are predicting that he will come straight back into the starting XI, with Douglas Luiz being dropped from the team.
The Brazilian midfielder was dribbled past twice as he made one tackle and zero interceptions against Chelsea, which could lead to Gerrard replacing him with McGinn to add more bite to the side. Luiz’s Scottish teammate has averaged 3.7 tackles and interceptions per game, highlighting his defensive strength.
On the wing, El Ghazi could come in for Emi Buendia. The £75k-per-week Argentine midfielder failed to create a single chance against the Blues, whilst also losing 100% of his individual duels – showing that he struggled on and off the ball throughout the match and should now be axed.
El Ghazi scored 10 Premier League goals last season and he could come into the side for the ex-Norwich man to provide a goal threat out on the left.
Finally, we are predicting that Danny Ings will be dropped for Bertrand Traore to accommodate a 4-3-3 set-up. As per SofaScore, the former Southampton forward won one of his five duels and failed to manage an effort on target or create a chance before being subbed after 73 minutes last week.
Traore is yet to start a league match this term but managed seven goals and six assists last season. This shows what he is capable of when at his best and Gerrard must unleash him against Brentford to give him a chance to prove that he can get back to those levels.