Aston Villa return to Premier League action this afternoon as they host league leaders Liverpool at Villa Park.
Dean Smith’s side edged into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals in midweek by defeating local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 thanks to goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady, although only one of those is expected to keep his place in the starting line up.
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The result sets up a tie with today’s opponents sometime in December.
Villa currently sit 15th in the Premier League after Manchester City ended their run of back-to-back victories last time out.
Did anyone impress the 48-year-old enough to warrant keeping their spot for this game?
Football FanCast predicts that Villa will make nine changes to the side that won on Wednesday night with El Ghazi keeping his place alongside Douglas Luiz.
The Brazilian really impressed and according to fans, ‘ran the game’ from midfield. He is likely to be preferred to Conor Hourihane with John McGinn and Marvelous Nakamba also occupying the engine room, just like they did against City last weekend.
Smith’s usual Premier League backline returns with Matt Targett replacing Neil Taylor at left-back, which will surely please some of the B6 faithful following the Welshman’s showing against Wolves.
Tyrone Mings, Bjorn Engels, and Frederic Guilbert all also line up in front of Tom Heaton.
In attack, Keinan Davis failed to take his opportunity to impress, so it seems inevitable that Wesley keeps his sole striker spot.
There will even be a surprise inclusion for Jack Grealish as Villa’s star man should beat off injury to feature – Smith said after the victory in midweek that his skipper would be ‘pushing’ to be fit for this afternoon.