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[Image] Predicted 4-4-1-1 Aston Villa XI to face Birmingham – can Dean Smith keep the Villans going?

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Predicted Aston Villa line-up to face Birmingham City in the Championship

Aston Villa picked up an important win against Derby County in the league before the international break as they moved to 11th place under the guidance of Dean Smith. The Villans have not been consistent in their displays and have to maintain their form now.

Villa come up against Birmingham City in the Championship this weekend and both teams are currently tied on points on the table. Both will be going for the win in order to climb higher.

Team News

Aston Villa have a few injury concerns at the moment. James Chester and Josh McGinn are both out for this game. Neil Taylor, Birkir Bjarnason and Keinan Davis are also out injured and will be unavailable for this game.

Probable Aston Villa XI

Manager: Dean Smith

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Orjan Nyland (GK)

Nyland was excellent between the sticks in the last game and he will keep his place for this one as well.

Alan Hutton (RB)

He was very impressive in the last game, raiding up and down the field, showing good work rate.

Axel Tuanzebe (CB)

Tuanzebe was defensively very good in the previous game and his efforts will be vital in this one.

Mile Jedinak (CB)

An injury to James Chester could see Mile Jedinak take his place alongside Tuanzebe.

Neil Taylor (LB)

He was taken off at half time but it was just precautionary. Taylor will return for this game.

Alberto Admona (RM)

His touch was slightly off in the last game but he never stopped working. His work rate will be needed in this game as well.

Glenn Whelan (RCM)

Whelan should come into the squad to replace the injured Josh McGinn. His expierence should be fruitful.

Conor Hourihane (LCM)

Scored a superb free-kick last game and looks better in the middle of the park.

Jonathan Kodjia (LM)

Was replaced by Bolasie in the last game and had a poor outing. But he should return for this fixture.

Jack Grealish (CAM)

His distribution was superb and his passing was crisp in the final third. Grealish pulled all the strings in the previous game as he so often does.

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Tammy Abraham (ST)

Had a few bad moments but returned with a good goal. He looked dangerous on many other occasions as well.

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