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Aston Villa’s predicted starting XI versus Crystal Palace in the Premier League

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Aston Villa face a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in their final game before the international break.

Dean Smith and his side will be looking to build on last week when they picked up their first Premier League victory of the season.

Wesley’s first goal for the club and an Anwar El Ghazi stoppage-time finish was enough to secure a 2-0 victory over Everton, who had previously kept back-to-back clean sheets.

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Smith rung the changes for their Carabao Cup tie with League Two side Crewe Alexandra, naming no fewer than ten different players in the starting XI as they swept them for six.

Having won so convincingly with so many of his fringe players performing, will any break into his lineup?

Based on our predictions, the answer is no.

We’ve previously suggested on FFC why 24-year-old Trezeguet should be dropped and Smith may feel the same way after Jota’s recent performances in what would be the only real significant change.

Matt Targett’s injury on Tuesday night hasn’t helped his case, meaning Neil Taylor will be fortunate to continue to operate that left-back role despite averaging such a poor rating at 6.54.

Frederic Guilbert looks the real deal, which has led to fans raving about him on social media. That right-back spot now looks his, meaning promotion hero Ahmed Elmohamady will sit out again.

Marvelous Nakamba impressed on debut – particularly with this bit of skill, but that won’t be enough to knock Douglas Luiz from the starting lineup nor Jack Grealish and John McGinn.

Wesley is a cert to start even despite Keinan Davis’ goalscoring showing, he will be a reliable backup for now and a potential last throw of the dice.

Tom Heaton will continue in goal with his new England teammate in front of him in Tyrone Mings – though the shot-stopper must be careful as his place in the starting XI is under threat if he continues to play poorly – he has an average rating of just 6.19.

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