Aston Villa expected 4-4-2 v Fulham: Three players axed
By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce could make three changes to the Aston Villa side that welcomes Fulham to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Midlands club recorded their first away victory since August 2015 on Tuesday night when Jordan Ayew’s 90th minute penalty helped them secure all three points at Reading.
Aly Cissokho, Rudy Gestede and Leandro Bacuna could make way for Jordan Amavi, Ross McCormack and Jordan Ayew for the weekend fixture.
Left-back Cissokho was substituted late into the second-half against Reading, after conceding a second penalty in consecutive games, so he will most likely be replaced by Amavi at the weekend.
Striker Gestede could be replaced up front with McCormack, as Bruce rotates his attacking line once again in what is a gruelling Championship campaign.
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Versatile attacker Ayew, who came off the bench in midweek to win and convert a penalty ,will most likely start out wide in place of Leandro Bacuna.
Jonathan Kodjia, who has scored in consecutive games could keep his place in the starting XI, as he hopes to add to his recent impressive form.
In midfield Bruce will most likely keep the partnership that was successful against Reading, with Mile Jedinak and Gary Gardner starting.
The injured duo of Tommy Elphick and right-back Micah Richards may not be risked, so Nathan Baker and Alan Hutton could retain their place for the home fixture.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s midfield ace was named in the EFL team of the week after his impressive display in the late 2-1 win over Reading.