Predicted Aston Villa line-up to face Hull City in the Championship
Aston Villa must return to winning ways soon if they are to have a chance of finishing in the top six. However, they are up against an in-form Hull City team at the Villa Park this Saturday. Dean Smith’s men were swept off the park by Wigan Athletic last week in a 3-0 defeat. The Birmingham-based team haven’t won a game in four outings (if the FA Cup loss is considered).
They are now facing a Hull team who have won six games in a row in the league and are looking upwards in the table. Hence, it won’t be easy for Villa despite the fact that they are at home.
Jack Grealish is expected to be back by February, with the game against Sheffield United being the target. Orjan Nyland is out for the season. Axel Tuanzebe is expected to be back by late February.
Henri Lansbury is expected to be back for this game, but it is up to the manager to decide whether he lets the player come straight back into the line-up after a hamstring injury.
Probable Aston Villa XI
Manager: Dean Smith
Lovre Kalinic (GK)
The Croatian did well in the last game despite conceding three. This just goes on to show how poor the defenders were on the day.
Alan Hutton (RB)
James Bree struggled at right-back against Wigan and Villa need someone with the experience of Hutton in the line-up.
Tommy Elphick (CB)
He was decent enough in the previous game and will be one of the key players in the team in the coming months.
James Chester (CB)
Probably played his worst game for Villa last week. Expect him to improve against Hull.
Neil Taylor (LB)
The Welshman struggled to cope with the Wigan attackers and needs to improve in order to keep his place in the team.
Glenn Whelan (CDM)
Birkir Bjarnason struggled in the defensive midfield role. The team needs the experience Whelan in that position.
John McGinn (RCM)
He has had a terrific season so far and continues to do so even though the team’s form has fluctuated. The youngster is a key player.
Conor Hourihane (LCM)
He tried to make things happen and cover the spaces against Wigan. However, Dean Smith will be expecting more from the midfielder.
Yannick Bolasie (LW)
The loanee from Everton really struggled to create any chance last week. He frankly looked short of confidence. Villa will be hoping that he has a good game this weekend.
Albert Adomah (RW)
El Ghazi also laboured through the game last time around and as a result, we may see Adomah being drafted into the line-up for this game.
Tammy Abraham (ST)
Missed one glorious chance to give his side the lead. In overall terms, the Englishman has had a good goal-scoring season thus far. He needs to continue that though.