Aston Villa boss Dean Smith should hand both Mbwana Samatta and Keinan Davis starts on Super Sunday against Chelsea.
The Midlands outfit returned to Premier League action on Wednesday evening, facing off against Sheffield United in what was a game in hand due to their appearance in the League Cup final.
The game, which was a ‘must-win’ for the Claret and Blue side, ended with the points being shared as both sides failed to find the back of the net.
Looking ahead to Villa’s next game, boss Smith will be looking to improve on that performance as they come up against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Orjan Nyland is expected to remain between the sticks after keeping a clean sheet against Sheffield United, whilst the back four who also played a part in that 0-0 draw is expected to stay the same.
Struggling to find the back of the net against the Blades should be the kick Smith needs to make a change to his forward line and midfield area. He could well opt to bin his 4-3-3 formation and instead go with a 4-3-1-2.
A midfield three could therefore be deployed with John McGinn, Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz playing in the middle of the park.
Jack Grealish, who has largely been operating on the flank this term, would then be moved into a free ‘no.10’ role, allowing him to move across the attacking areas freely. He will be vital to the team, having netted seven times and created six assists so far this term (Transfermarkt).
Keinan Davis, who performed well against United, will be hoping to keep his place and it could now be the time that Smith opts to play him up front in a two man strike force which includes Samatta. If he were to do this it would mean making one change from the game against the Blades, with Anwar El Ghazi the man who would drop to the bench.
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