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Watford predicted lineup vs Aston Villa - Premier League

Tom Gott
Watford need a win
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Watford will look for their first win in four months when they travel to Villa Park to meet Aston Villa.

Roy Hodgson is yet to oversee a goal from his side and clearly has a real battle on his hands to avoid relegation. Victory over a Villa side in their own rut would be massive.

Here's how the boss could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ben Foster
Foster should start in goal / James Gill/GettyImages

Ben Foster (GK) - Hodgson has brought Foster back in and he is firmly ahead of Daniel Bachmann in the pecking order once again.

Kiko Femenia (RB) - It would be nice to see young Jeremy Ngakia get some minutes but Hodgson will prefer the experienced Femenia.

Craig Cathcart (CB) - A change at the back could be needed but Hodgson is likely to give Cathcart, a generally solid performer, another go.

Samir (CB) - Winter signing Samir has been solid since his arrival but the results are yet to follow.

Hassane Kamara (LB) - A permanent fixture since his January arrival, Kamara will likely keep that trend going at Villa Park.


2. Midfielders

Edo Kayembe (DM) - Another winter addition to feature regularly, Kayembe will be tasked with anchoring the midfield.

Tom Cleverley (CM) - Surely Imran Louza has to get a look-in soon, but it's tough to see Hodgson dropping Cleverley.

Moussa Sissoko (CM) - Sissoko's high-level experience could be crucial for Watford's escape push.


3. Forwards

Ismaila Sarr
Sarr should be back starting / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Ismaila Sarr (RW) - Sarr should be ready for his first start since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Josh King (ST) - Without a goal in 2022, King could do with finding the back of the net to get the Hornets firing.

Emmanuel Dennis (LW) - Still one of the season's top signings, Dennis is enduring his longest dry streak in front of goal - five games.


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