Aston Villa expected 4-2-3-1 v Wigan: Mainstay axed
By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce could make one change to his side when Aston Villa take on Wigan on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park.
Attacking ace Jack Grealish could return to the starting fold in place of midfield mainstay Ashley Westwood, following the defeat at Leeds during their last Championship fixture.
Promotion expert Bruce suffered his first loss in charge of the Midlands club as the former centre-back will be looking to bounce back with three points against the relegation strugglers.
Academy product Grealish is likely to sit in behind striker Rudy Gestede in a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Latics.
It means senior midfielder Westwood could miss out, with Mile Jedinak and Gary Gardner likely to operate from the middle of the park.
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In-form attacker Kodjia, who has scored five goals in his last four home games, might start on the left flank, with Albert Adomah providing the service on the right.
Centre-back Nathan Baker has not recovered from injury, therefore, senior duo Tommy Elphick and James Chester could start at the heart of the club’s defence.
Villa will be looking to keep their first clean sheet since October and their third of the season on home soil.
Full-backs Alan Hutton and Jordan Amavi could retain their place in the back four, with the duo starting the last three home games.
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, who made a costly mistake against Leeds, could keep his place, with back-up shot stopper Mark Bunn injured.
In other Aston Villa team news, Steve Bruce has provided a pessimistic view ahead of this eagerly anticipated clash.