Out-of-sorts defender axed in Bruce 4-2-1-3: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Fulham
By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce needs to make three changes when Aston Villa welcome Fulham to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Midlands side picked up their first victory under Bruce on Tuesday night when they beat Reading 2-1.
Now Aly Cissokho, Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede must make way for Jordan Amavi, Aaron Tshibola and Jordan Ayew in a 4-3-1-2 formation for the hosts at the weekend.
The first name that must not be on the team sheet is the out-of-sorts left-back Cissokho, who has given away two penalties in his last two games.
Frenchman Amavi should replace him to give the youngster the opportunity to replicate his form from last season, which won him plaudits from supporters.
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Midfielder Tshibola should come into the starting fold to add extra legs into the middle of the park, which would then bring the best out of duo Mile Jedinak and Gary Gardner, as was proven in midweek.
Versatile attacker Ayew must start ahead of Gestede, after he came off the bench to score the 90th minute penalty against Reading and secure the vital away win.
Bruce should then pick Jonathan Kodjia to spearhead his attacking line, with the club’s summer signing scoring in his last two games.
Finally centre-back Nathan Baker and right-back Alan Hutton should continue in defence, as captain Tommy Elphick and Micah Richards recover from injury.
In other Aston Villa team news, Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway has given his prediction on Villa’s clash with Fulham.