By Danny Wright
Aston Villa could be forced to make one change to their starting line-up to face Brighton at Villa Park on Sunday.
Steve Bruce and his men will end what has been a disappointing Championship campaign without star striker Jonathan Kodjia, who suffered a broken ankle in the 1-0 loss to Blackburn last week.
Albert Adomah is expected to replace the crocked 27-year-old as Bruce will be forced to switch to the 4-5-1 system that he used during Kodjia’s last spell on the sidelines.
Mile Jedinak is doubtful for the game, which is bad news for Villa because they have failed to win a single game in which the experienced Australian hasn’t played in.
Sam Johnstone is expected to play for the final time for Villa before his loan deal ends and is likely to start behind an unchanged back four of Alan Hutton, James Chester, Nathan Baker and Neil Taylor.
Due to Jedinak’s likely absence, Henri Lansbury, Gary Gardner and Conor Hourihane are expected to start in the centre of midfield.
Adomah and Leandro Bacuna could start on each of the flanks with Scott Hogan likely to line-up as Villa’s sole striker.
Villa will go into Sunday’s clash knowing that Brighton will be desperate to pick up all three points in order to secure the Championship title.
Chris Hughton and his men can miss out on being named champions if their result is bettered by Newcastle, who have a home clash with Barnsley.
The West Midlands club are currently 12th in the second-tier and can still finish in the bottom half if results go against them.
The highest place Villa can realistically achieve is 11th, but whatever happens, Sunday’s season finale will still cap what has been a disappointing campaign for last year’s Premier League drop-outs.
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