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Bailey To Start | Predicted 4-4-2 Aston Villa Lineup To Face Brighton And Hove Albion

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Aston Villa had a stellar start under Unai Emery as they defeated Manchester United at Villa Park. Although the Red Devils settled the score by clinching a League Cup win on Thursday night, Villa’s resurgence in the Premier League must continue with a victory against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.

The Villans will travel to the south coast to lock horns with the in-form Seagulls. The home side are currently sixth in the league standings, whereas Aston Villa are only three points clear of the relegation zone after 14 gameweeks. With the FIFA World Cup on the horizon, the visitors should aim for further recovery before entering the month-long break.

Predicted 4-4-2 Aston Villa Lineup To Face Brighton & Hove Albion

Defence

Emiliano Martinez was rested in the Cup tie in favour of Robin Olsen. But the Argentine should return between the sticks before leaving for Qatar. He is the current ‘number 1’ for the Albicelestes who are one of the favourites to conquer the coveted crown.

While Diego Carlo is sidelined for months with a calf injury, Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa should continue as the central defensive pairing. Matty Cash is expected to feature as the right fullback replacing Ashley Young. Also, left-back Lucas Digne must claim a place in the starting XI ahead of Ludwig Augustinsson.

Leon Bailey at Bayer Leverkusen

Midfield

Boubacar Kamara, back from his injury, completed the whole 90 minutes this midweek. But he is unlikely to start again in less than three days’ time with Douglas Luiz and Leander Dendoncker tipped to be lined up deep down the midfield. John McGinn and Morgan Sanson might get introduced as second-half substitutes.

The Spaniard opted for a hybrid 4-4-2 against Manchester United at Villa Park. His wide midfielders often formed a 4-2-2-2 or 4-2-4 during attacking transitions and the same should be replicated at Amex Stadium. Emiliano Buendia and Jacob Ramsey must perform their duties with perfection to avoid a setback against Roberto De Zerbi’s army.

Attack

Leon Bailey had a frustrating spell due to fitness reasons. However, he is now back in action and delivered a masterclass last weekend versus the Red Devils. The Jamaican attacking ace should continue as the second striker alongside Ollie Watkins. He might go wider as well in case the gaffer alters his strategy and shifts to a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. Danny Ings is likely to be deployed from the bench to add more firepower high up the pitch.

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