With Aston Villa looking to bounce back from the shock midweek defeat to Leyton Orient, here's how Paul Lambert's side could line up against Hull City on Sunday.
After Wednesday night’s shock 1-0 home defeat to League One side Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup, Aston Villa will be looking for a positive result on Sunday when they face Hull City at Villa Park.
Paul Lambert’s side have made a positive start to their Premier League campaign, with a 1-0 opening day win at Stoke City followed up by a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle United last weekend, and the following lineup could be the one he opts for in an attempt to keep their unbeaten top-flight run going.
GK – Brad Guzan
Lambert handed veteran backup Shay Given a rare start for Wednesday night’s League Cup defeat, but the US international will be back between the sticks on the weekend.
RB – Alan Hutton
Hutton’s remarkable comeback to the Villa first-team fold continues, with the Scottish international entrenching himself in the starting XI with some impressive performances to start the new season.
CB – Ron Vlaar
A knee problem saw the skipper miss the midweek cup tie, but he should be back in the lineup on the weekend. Could it be his last game in a Villa shirt?
CB – Philippe Senderos
Senderos’s form thus far has been a pleasant surprise for Villa fans, given the pessimism surrounding his summer signing, having formed an experienced centre-back partnership with Vlaar.
LB – Aly Cissokho
The former Liverpool loanee was forced off towards the end of the 0-0 draw with Newcastle after injuring his ankle but, despite not featuring in midweek, should be back in contention to face Hull.
DM – Carlos Sanchez
After making his Premier League debut as a substitute against Newcastle, the £4.7 million Colombian went the full 90 minutes in the defeat to Orient, and could now be in line to get his first top-flight start.
CM – Ashley Westwood
Westwood could be dropped to the bench if Lambert opts to continue with a two-man central midfield partnership, but I’d be inclined to believe the Scot will look to see how the trio work together.
CM – Fabian Delph
Fresh off the news of his first senior England call-up, Villa’s midfielder general should be extra motivated for the weekend’s fixture.
RW – Andreas Weimann
If Lambert opts for a midfield trio, either Weimann, Kieran Richardson or Charles N’Zogbia would have to drop to the bench, with the Frenchman the odd man out on this occasion.
LW – Kieran Richardson
Fans have been calling for teenage sensation Jack Grealish to be given his first Premier League start after impressing in midweek, but Richardson has done more than enough to keep his place for now.
ST – Gabby Agbonlahor
After Darren Bent failed to impress in midweek, Agbonlahor is set to continue as the lone man up top, despite struggling for form himself.