Aston Villa face off against Southampton in a huge game at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Who should start for Aston Villa, Wesley or Kodjia?
Both sides sit on 15 points from their opening 17 games, with just goal difference elevating Villa above their next opponents.
Dean Smith’s side have won just one of their last eight league games, conceding 16 goals in that time.
They face an incredibly important run of games in their bid to secure survival, facing all three teams in the relegation zone before taking on Burnley on New Year’s Day.
After their 5-0 win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, Smith may be tempted into making changes from the disappointing loss to Sheffield United.
So how will they lineup?
Tom Heaton is the man in goal. Frederic Guilbert is established ahead of Ahmed Elmohamady in the first team after a poor display from the Egyptian in the league. Ezri Konsa could return to partner Bjorn Engels with England international Tyrone Mings still sidelined.
A regular midfield three could be restored. John McGinn has been struggling with injuries, but Smith will be hoping he is fit enough to face off against the Saints. Marvelous Nakamba was joined in midfield by Henri Lansbury for that defeat against the Blades, but Douglas Luiz could return to the first team to add more energy to the side. “A versatile box-to-box midfielder” was how FourFourTwo described the Brazilian back in 2017.
Trezeguet hasn’t started in the last two league games, but he could come in to replace Anwar El Ghazi with fixtures coming thick and fast. Captain Jack Grealish will continue on the left but Smith may finally pull the trigger on a change up front. Wesley has been desperately struggling, failing to score in his last nine league games, a run that stretches back to early October. Jonathan Kodjia scored twice against Liverpool in midweek, and that brace could push him into the starting eleven.
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