Confirmed: Aston Villa line-up v Fulham - teenager makes debut, Richards starts

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Here is how Aston Villa will line up to face Fulham in a pre-season friendly this evening.

Aston Villa starting XI: Steer; Bacuna, Baker, Richards, Richardson; Mason, Cole, Gil, N’Zogbia, Robinson; Agbonlahor.

Aston Villa substitutes: Watkins, Donacien, Clark, Sinclair, Senderos, Benteke, Hutton, Gardner, Cissokho, Tonev, Kozak, Calder, Green, Grealish.

Aston Villa kick off their pre-season preparations this afternoon as they take on Championship side Fulham in Portugal this evening.

Followed by the news that Fabian Delph is staying at Villa Park, Tim Sherwood will see his side gear up for the Premier League season by facing Fulham.

Sherwood has handed a start to new signing Micah Richards, whilst teenager Niall Mason - who joined from Southampton earlier this summer - makes his debut in midfield.

The bench contains the likes of Ciaran Clark, Scott Sinclair, Christian Benteke and Jack Grealish, with Sherwood bound to tinker with his side at half time.

As in all pre-season friendlies, the result doesn't matter too much, but Sherwood will be looking for his players to gain fitness and - hopefully - avoid injury tonight.

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