Aston Villa expected 4-5-1 v Brighton: Striker dropped in two changes
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa could make two changes for their trip to Brighton on Friday night with Ross McCormack and Mile Jedinak missing out.
Steve Bruce’s men beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in their last league fixture and they now aim to maintain their five-match unbeaten run against Chris Hughton’s side.
Midfielder Jedinak, who participated in a friendly game for Australia against Thailand on Tuesday, will not be selected as confirmed by Bruce prior to the international fixtures.
Additionally, striker McCormack, who has not scored in his last seven league outings, could be dropped against the promotion-chasing Seagulls.
As a result Leandro Bacuna and Ashley Westwood are likely to step into midfield, as Bruce could decide to bulk up the middle of the park as he has done in his previous two away games.
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Villa have picked up four points on the road under Bruce, with the former Premier League boss opting for a 4-5-1 formation on both occasions.
He is likely to use those tactics once more, this time against a team that has scored seven goals in their last two fixtures.
That would mean Villa fielding the same back four that has conceded just three goals in their last four games, with captain James Chester alongside Nathan Baker, Jordan Amavi and Alan Hutton.
In attack, the in-form Jonathan Kodjia, who has scored five goals under Bruce’s tenure, should lead the line, with Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah providing the service out wide.
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