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Aston Villa’s predicted XI vs Brighton in the Premier League

Aston Villa host Brighton and Hove Albion later this afternoon as they look to push on from their emphatic victory last time out.

Dean Smith’s side were feeling rampant at Carrow Road two weeks ago as they smashed five past Norwich City to record only their second win of the Premier League season.

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The result moved them out of the relegation zone and into 15th, now they face their Carabao Cup third round opponents once again with them sitting just one place ahead in the standings.

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Their thrashing of the Canaries may be masked by the fact that they were missing so many key players through injury, but what better way to dispel that than winning at Villa Park this afternoon.

Therefore, it makes sense for Smith to name the exact same lineup, considering there are no fresh injury concerns.

This means that captain Jack Grealish continues to operate on the left flank with Conor Hourihane keeping his spot in central midfield.

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He should be one of the freshest of those that embarked on international duty as he wasn’t used in the Republic of Ireland’s defeat in midweek.

Douglas Luiz could remain out of the starting XI again despite joining the club for £15m in the summer with Marvelous Nakamba occupying the defensive midfield role.

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Fellow off-season signing Tyrone Mings has taken significant steps in becoming England’s first-choice centre-back after his clean sheet and faultless attitude against Bulgaria last Monday night and will have no qualms about playing this fixture.

Smith should also be able to call upon Jonathan Kodjia from the bench as the striker has returned from injury after he fractured his cheekbone in training.

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