Birmingham news Aston Villa predicted XI vs Bournemouth as Mings and Buendia miss out PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Latest Aston Villa news via BirminghamLive brings you our expected line-up to take on Scott Parker’s Bournemouth on Saturday as Premier League football resumes once again
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Just the 76 days would have passed from Villa’s final-day collapse against Man City to Saturday’s Premier League curtain-raiser down at Bournemouth. Since then, Steven Gerrard has made his Villa group all the more stronger with the additions of Diego Carlos, Boubacar Kamara and Ludwig Augustinsson. Robin Olsen and Philippe Coutinho also made their loans into permanent deals with Gerrard spending £50million to date on improving his squad. Of those mentioned, two are nailed on to start at the Vitality Stadium and those are Diego Carlos and Kamara. Brazilian Carlos has been a top pick from Villa’s pre-season while Kamara’s importance to the group this season cannot be downplayed. Looking ahead to Gerrard’s line up on Saturday and it’ll be one of the two formations he’s continued to play: 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3. Emi Martinez will start in goal once more with Matty Cash and Lucas Digne the full-backs on either side. Carlos will make his Premier League debut while there’s a huge debate as to who’ll partner him. As we know, Tyrone Mings has had the captaincy taken off him in a bid to improve his form while Ezri Konsa performed well last weekend alongside the new £26million signing against Rennes. However, judging on pre-season and on form in general and Calum Chambers should get the nod on Saturday. You do feel it’ll be a toss up between the ex-Arsenal man and Konsa for a starting shirt.
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.6 position in front of the back four. New skipper John McGinn will take his place a little further forward in midfield while, next to him, it’ll be one of Jacob Ramsey, Douglas Luiz or Morgan Sanson. England under-21 midfielder Ramsey will, though, be the favourite to start as he’ll look to surpass last season’s impact having scored six from his 34 Premier League games. In attack for Villa and, if last week’s 2-1 win over Rennes is anything to go by, then Gerrard will no doubt start with a flat three-man front line. The star of pre-season Leon Bailey has to start on his favoured right side while, on the left, you do feel Coutinho is the man just ahead of Emi Buendia at present despite huge noises from the Villa faithful to pick the ever-busy Argentinian instead. ***BIG VILLA FORUM*** There’s another dilemma in the centre-forward position as well with Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings and Cameron Archer all fighting it out for a starting shirt. Archer has been told by Gerrard he’ll be staying this season amid loan interest but, judging on pre-season, Gerrard might well favour Watkins on Saturday with one of Ings or Archer - or both - to come off the bench to help see the game out and secure an opening day win away from home in the Premier League for the first time since yep, you guessed it, Bournemouth on August 8, 2015, when Rudy Gestede popped up with a headed winner 18 minutes from time. BirminghamLive’s predicted Aston Villa XI vs Bournemouth: Martinez; Cash, Chambers, Diego Carlos, Digne; McGinn, Kamara, J Ramsey; Bailey, Watkins, Coutinho. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section. READ NEXT: Aston Villa and Steven Gerrard receive glowing Stade Rennais review following 'important' performance Aston Villa fans agree as Steven Gerrard makes 'massive' transfer decision on striker Tyrone Mings' stark Aston Villa reality, Coutinho vs Buendia and truth behind Jack Grealish links Steven Gerrard following Liverpool and Man City blueprint as 'exciting' Aston Villa project detailed Steven Gerrard reveal hints at clear Aston Villa transfer priority for Johan Lange
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