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Aston Villa predicted lineup vs Watford - Premier League

Tom Gott
Villa will host Watford on Saturday
Villa will host Watford on Saturday / George Wood/GettyImages
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Steven Gerrard will look to bring the good times back to Aston Villa when they host Watford on Saturday.

With just one win in their last seven games, the highs of the early weeks of Gerrard's reign have been forgotten and questions will be asked if they fail to win against a team who are odds-on favourites to be relegated this year.

There are no fresh selection woes for Gerrard to contend with, so here's how he could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Tyrone Mings
Mings needs to step it up / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Emiliano Martinez (GK) - The Argentine's form has dropped off this season but Martinez remains Villa's undisputed starter.

Matty Cash (RB) - Poland international Cash is the only natural right-back in the squad.

Tyrone Mings (CB) - Mings has come under fire for some poor recent performances and will need to step it up to ensure he doesn't drop out of the England squad.

Calum Chambers (CB) - This is the final game without the suspended Ezri Konsa, so expect Chambers to retain his place.

Lucas Digne (LB) - Digne has done a decent job since joining in the winter but could do with finding his love for assists again.


2. Midfielders

Jacob Ramsey
Ramsey is in excellent form / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Douglas Luiz (DM) - Luiz probably doesn't deserve to start on form, but with Marvelous Nakamba still injured, there is nobody to take his spot.

John McGinn (CM) - McGinn's form has slipped a bit too but he remains one of the most influential players in the squad.

Jacob Ramsey (CM) - The first name on the team sheet these days. Gareth Southgate will be watching closely.


3. Forwards

Danny Ings
Ings could be due a start / Ben Peters/MB Media/GettyImages

Emiliano Buendia (RW) - Leon Bailey is back from a thigh injury but probably isn't ready to start yet, so Buendia's place is not under threat.

Danny Ings (ST) - Ollie Watkins has been struggling in front of goal so there's every chance of Ings returning to the fold.

Philippe Coutinho (LW) - Villa's slump is no fault of Coutinho, who has been great to watch since his return to England.


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