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Aston Villa predicted lineup vs Brighton - Premier League

Craig Vickers
Gerrard on the touchline
Gerrard on the touchline / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
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The honeymoon period is officially over for Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa as he takes his side to face Brighton in the Premier League.

Gerrard scored a debut victory as Villa boss over the Seagulls back in November, but his side are currently on a run of just one win in their last eight games.

They were jeered off after last weekend's 1-0 defeat to lowly Watford and Gerrard will be eager to avoid his first managerial gig in the Premier League turning sour.

Here's how the former Liverpool could line his side up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ezri Konsa
Konsa is likely to return from suspension / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Emiliano Martinez (GK) - Has saved Villa's blushes on several ocassions this season.

Matty Cash (RB) - Has impressed under Gerrard given the former Rangers boss' emphasis on attacking play from his full backs.

Ezri Konsa (CB) - The former Brentford man was shown his second red card of the season in Villa's 3-3 draw with Leeds earlier this month but is back from suspension.

Tyrone Mings (CB) - Has come in for criticism for his defensive showings in recent weeks.

Lucas Digne (LB) - The Frenchman tops the Villa charts for Key Passes in the league this season, which is remarkable given he only arrived in January.

2. Midfielders

Douglas Luiz (CM) - Aston Villa were keen to stave off January interest from Arsenal in their midfielder, but his performances since have divided fans.

John McGinn (CM) - The Scotland international has started in all but one game under Gerrard since his arrival.

Jacob Ramsey (CM) - Has scored or assisted in four out of his last five games.

3. Forwards

Leon Bailey
Bailey has found himself on the fringes of the team this season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Leon Bailey (RW) - His last start under Gerrard came all the way back in November, but his pace could be key on the counter-attack.

Ollie Watkins (ST) - Dropped out of the team for last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Watford.

Philippe Coutinho (LW) - Villa are perhaps too reliant on the Brazilian's creative qualities.


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