Aston Villa fell to a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace before the international break as Trezeguet saw red in the second half. The game at Selhurst Park was a large contrast to the magnificent form the Villans showed against Everton and Crewe Alexandra, where Dean Smith’s men scored eight goals in two games.
However, it was ex-Villa man Jordan Ayew who came back to haunt his former club against the Eagles, but the sending-off to Trezeguet is what seemed to deliver the fatal blow.
Henri Lansbury ought to have snatched a point for Villa late on, but Jack Grealish was deemed to have dived in the build-up to the Englishman’s finish, which was, to say the least, a controversial call.
So, with a suspension to deal with, how will Smith line up his side against West Ham tonight?
The familiar midfield trio of Jack Grealish, Douglas Luiz and John McGinn each earned themselves a 7.5 against the Toffees, whilst Luiz and McGinn earned a 5.5 against Crystal Palace despite the defeat, with Grealish getting a 6 – all should keep their place.
Further forward, former Birmingham City man Jota bagged himself 11 assists for the Blues last year (as per WhoScored.com) and played through that fabulous ball for Wesley’s opener against Everton – both should keep their spot.
Indeed, Trezeguet’s second yellow card against the Eagles forces him out of the side, which should bring in Anwar El Ghazi. The Dutchman scored against Everton and has so far averaged two shots per game (as per WhoScored.com).
Welshman Neil Taylor has played every minute so far in the Premier League, and his 2 tackles per game and 2.5 clearances per game should keep him his spot at the back (as per WhoScored.com).
In the centre, Tyrone Mings’ performances gave him his first England call-up, with the 26-year-old producing 9.8 clearances per game [WhoScored.com] and winning, on average, 2.8 aerial duels per game.
Bjorn Engels was the Man of the Match in Villa’s first win of the season where he earned a 9/10 match rating (as per Birmingham Mail) against Everton, whilst Frédéric Guilbert’s display gave him an 8/10 in that game – both should keep their spot.
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