Senior duo dropped in Bruce 4-2-3-1: Best possible Aston Villa XI to face Wigan
By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce should make two changes to his Aston Villa starting line-up when Wigan visit the Midlands on Saturday afternoon.
The Championship giants lost their last league fixture 2-0 against promotion chasing Leeds at Elland Road.
As a result, Bruce must bring in Jack Grealish and Jordan Ayew for senior duo Rudy Gestede and Ashley Westwood for the weekend clash.
Academy product Grealish would provide that spark in the final third, if he is played in-behind striker Jonathan Kodjia in a 4-2-3-1 formation – it means target-man Gestede drops to the bench.
Additionally, winger Ayew should start on the left in a more attacking change, with midfielder Westwood missing out.
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Albert Adomah should continue on the right as his attacking threat, ability to get past players and delivery in the box will provide the Latics backline with a number of problems.
In midfield the experienced Mile Jedinak, who has been one of Villa’s best players since Bruce took charge, should start with Gary Gardner in the middle of the park.
Left-back Jordan Amavi, who has started the last six league fixture, should continue in defence as he is now beginning to show his best form.
It means Alan Hutton should occupy the other full-back place, with James Chester partnering Tommy Elphick in defence because Nathan Baker is still out injured.
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is lucky to keep the gloves between the sticks because back-up shot stopper Mark Bunn is out injured.
The Italian produced yet another costly mistake, this time against Leeds last Saturday, but Bruce will be hoping their relegation threatened opponents don’t cause too much of a problem.
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