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Aston Villa predicted lineup vs West Ham - Premier League

Max Parsons
Aston Villa need to pick themselves up on Sunday
Aston Villa need to pick themselves up on Sunday / Alex Pantling/GettyImages
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Aston Villa face a tough test on Sunday afternoon as they host West Ham in the Premier League.

Dean Smith's men will have to put some rotten form behind them should they come away with anything positive. The Villans have tasted defeat in their last three, losing to Tottenham, Wolves and Arsenal since their dramatic victory at Old Trafford last month.

In order to end this poor run of form, 15th-placed Villa will have to get a positive result against a West Ham side who are in great form, sit fourth in the table, and have just knocked Manchester City out of the Manchester City Cup - oh, sorry, the Carabao Cup.

Here's how Smith could line up his side to do just that.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Emiliano Martínez
Emi Martinez will reportedly be ready to play on Sunday / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Emi Martinez (GK) - The Argentine was a doubt after having to rush back to his homeland for a family emergency, although it looks like he will be available this weekend.

Matty Cash (RB) - Smith could opt to switch up his tactics (which have resulted in three straight defeats) and go with a back four, which would see Cash start as a right-back rather than wing-back.

Ezri Konsa (CB) - Hasn't missed a minute of Premier League action since Boxing Day 2020. A certain starter.

Tyrone Mings (CB) - Alongside Konsa will be the skipper Mings, who has been largely reliable at the heart of Villa's backline this season.

Matt Targett (LB) - An exciting player to watch when he surges upfield, Targett will hope to add to his one assist so far this season.

2. Midfielders

John McGinn, Gabriel Martinelli
A midfield warrior / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Douglas Luiz (DM) - Has been off-colour of late but we all know his quality. Should Smith line up in a 4-3-3, Luiz will be the enforcing anchor at the base of the midfield.

John McGinn (CM) - Can run and run, and run and run. A reliable, and occasionally sensational, performer - McGinn can dominate a midfield on his own at times.

Jacob Ramsey (CM) - Could potentially replace Emi Buendia in the starting XI following his strike against Arsenal last time out.

3. Forwards

Leon Bailey, Gabriel Magalhaes
Will Leon Bailey finally start for Aston Villa? / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Ollie Watkins (RF) - Smith may play three up top, pushing Watkins a little wider than usual. Hasn't replicated last season's form yet, although will be more desperate than anyone to score this weekend.

Danny Ings (ST) - Has enjoyed a solid start to his Villa career, scoring three and assisting two in the Premier League already.

Leon Bailey (LF) - Looks like one of Villa's most potent attacking players already - and hasn't even started a game. Got an assist on his return form injury against Arsenal last time out to make it three goal contributions in four, and should be set for his first start for his new club.


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