Aston Villa expected 4-4-1-1 v Manchester City: Everton goalscorer to start
PREVIEW By Coral Barry
Remi Garde is likely to experiment again with his formation for Aston Villa’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday in the Premier League.
Villa were swept aside 3-1 by Everton on Tuesday night and as a result remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Garde’s side lined up with three at the back against Everton, but are not expected to do the same against the title-chasing City.
Everton bulldozed through Villa’s defence without much resistance and were three goals to the good when home supporters staged a walk-out in the 74th minute.
Opposition to Villa’s ownership and form has escalated in recent weeks after three successive defeats and OUTTHEDOOR74, the movement behind the walk-out, have warned owner Randy Lerner that until he has removed himself from the club, the protests will continue.
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Rudy Gestede’s introduction yielded a goal for Villa and he may well be deployed as the lone striker with Gabby Agbonlahor in support.
Agbonlahor’s energy and work-rate could mean the striker would be able to help out Villa’s midfield when needed, but quickly provide support to Gestede when attacking.
Carles Gil is in line to be reinstated to the starting eleven after being dropped from Tuesday’s game in a bid to bulk up Villa’s midfield.
Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez and Libor Kozák remain Villa’s only injury concerns while Adama Traore could return to the bench.
City have won eight consecutive home games versus Villa and have managed to score a minimum of three goals in the last six home encounters.
Villa are on 16 points after 28 games and are nine points from safety.
Aston Villa (possible) Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Ayew: Agbonlahor, Gestede.