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Preview: Aston Villa XI vs Fulham – latest team and injury news, predicted lineup

After falling to a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham just before the international break, Aston Villa will be eager to get back to winning ways when they take on Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Dean Smith’s side have seen their form in the top flight stall somewhat, coinciding with Jack Grealish’s absence from the team – they’ve won just once in their past six games without the skipper and have scored only three goals in that time.

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The England international is back for the game against the Cottagers, though, after Smith confirmed the 25-year-old’s return to full fitness in his pre-match press conference.

Grealish’s reintroduction could be among a couple of key changes the Villa boss makes, and with that in mind, below is a look at how the team might line up when Fulham come to town on Sunday afternoon.

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In goal, Emiliano Martinez will be hoping to bounce back to his usual form after dropping a clanger in the defeat to Spurs when his kick gifted Spurs their first goal.

The back four should remain unchanged, with Villa boosted by the news in midweek that Ezri Konsa has penned an extension to his contract and will remain at the club for the foreseeable future.

John McGinn – off the back of a superb overhead kick on international duty with Scotland – should keep his place alongside Douglas Luiz, but Morgan Sanson is likely to drop out for the return of Grealish. It would certainly be a big call to throw him straight back into the team after so many weeks out, but Villa could desperately do with a lift given their slump in form.

The £47,000-a-week earning Trezeguet could also come out of the starting line-up, with Dutchman Anwar El Ghazi pushing for a recall, especially with the former badly struggling for end product this term – he has scored no goals in the Premier League all season.

That will leave Ollie Watkins to lead the line once again as he seeks to maintain his ever-present status in the league.

Predicted XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins.

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Article title: Preview: Aston Villa XI vs Fulham – latest team and injury news, predicted lineup

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