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Aston Villa’s predicted line-up vs Chelsea in the Premier League

Aston Villa take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon hoping to clinch their second win of the season.

Dean Smith’s side have won one, drawn one and lost one in their opening thee matches of the top-flight and face the daunting prospect of travelling to London to take on the current Champions League holders.

Villa’s chances of a victory were further dented when it was confirmed that Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia would be travelling with Argentina for the international break.

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While the duo have since returned to Croatia after being released by their country, this game against the Blues has come too soon for them.

Smith is likely to make some key changes, and with that in mind, here is a look at how Villa might line up for their Premier League clash against Chelsea today.

In goal, Jed Steer is likely to come in and make a start given that Martinez has been ruled out, with the 28-year-old no doubt hoping to make the most of a very rare opportunity.

The back four is likely to remain unchanged with Tyrone Mings still out, so Ezri Konsa and summer signing Axel Tuanzebe are likely to rekindle their centre-back partnership for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

In midfield, Smith confirmed in his pre-match press conference that John McGinn had recovered, so the Scotland international should come in to the middle of the park.

The Villa boss may also want to opt for a more defensive-minded presence with Marvelous Nakamba coming in, while the £50k-a-week earning Ashley Young could make way.

Out wide, Smith will also be without Buendia, so Leon Bailey makes his first Premier League start, while Ollie Watkins is also pushing to do the same for this season after only coming on as a substitute last time out against Brentford.

Predicted XI: Steer; Cash, Konsa, Tuanzebe, Targett; Nakamba, Luiz, McGinn; Bailey, Ings, Watkins.

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