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Aston Villa expected 4-2-3-1 v Brentford: Big-money signing axed, Jedinak returns

By Amir Mir

Ross McCormack could be dropped to the bench for Aston Villa’s clash against Brentford on Wednesday evening.

Roberto Di Matteo faces a selection headache and could drop his £12million summer signing to the bench, despite the 30-year-old scoring in the 2-2 against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Rudy Gestede impressed when coming off the bench at the weekend and the target-man could line up with £15 million summer signing Jonathan Kodjia behind him on Wednesday night.

Versatile attacker Jordan Ayew was arguably his side’s best player in their previous game, and could retain his place on the flank alongside Jack Grealish, with both attackers operating the wide areas.

Mile Jedinak was dropped to the bench against Forest after returning from international duty with a knock, so the Australian could be in line to provide the much-needed strength in the middle of the park.

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It means Gary Gardner is the most likely midfield player to lose his place, after the clubs academy graduate was substituted at the weekend.

Di Matteo will more than likely line-up with the same back four he has kept faith in the last two games, despite five goals being conceded.

But goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini could miss out against Brentford, after he was substituted at half-time at the weekend because of injury.

Villa come up against Brentford striker Scott Hogan who has scored ten league goals in his last ten games for his side, including two in their 2-0 victory against Brighton on Saturday.

Meanwhile, claret and blue frontman Gestede has scored nine goals in his last nine Championship appearances, three for Villa and six for Blackburn.

Both sides will be looking to make a push up the Championship table with a victory, with Villa sitting in 17th and Brentford in eighth.

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