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8th Feb, 2017 | 2:00pm

Aston Villa expected 3-4-3 v Ipswich: Midfielder axed in two changes

By Amir Mir

Steve Bruce could make two changes to his Aston Villa side when they take on Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

The Midlands club will be looking to end their winless run since the turn of the year when they take to the field at Villa Park after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest last Saturday.

Bruce opted to change formation for that encounter as he may stick to his guns and field a 3-4-3 formation once again in order to build consistency.

The suspended Jack Grealish will miss the weekend match, while midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, who was used as a wing back against Forest, could be axed.

As a result, academy product Andre Green might be given his third start under Bruce, while January signing Neil Taylor could be utilised in the left wing-back role in the other change.

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The back three of Nathan Baker, Tommy Elphick and James Chester could start their second consecutive match together as Bruce hopes they can build a solid partnership in defence

James Bree, who impressed against Forest, might start on the right, with Taylor occupying the other wing as Villa aim to keep their first clean sheet since early December.

It also means that goalkeeper Sam Johnstone might continue between the sticks despite his howler at the City Ground.

Midfield duo Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane are likely to start and provide the solidity and creativity for a team searching for their first win since Boxing Day.

Versatile attacker Green could start in behind the attacking duo of Jonathan Kodjia and January signing Scott Hogan.

Both Kodjia and Hogan will be hoping to start their second consecutive game together as they aim to build a threatening partnership up top.

In other Aston Villa news, Scott Hogan has delivered his verdict on the Ipswich clash.

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