Confirmed: Aston Villa line-up v Walsall - Gueye and Amavi both start

Here is how Aston Villa will line up for this afternoon's friendly against Walsall.

Aston Villa starting XI: Steer; Hutton, Richards, Clark, Amavi; Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Sinclair; Kozak, Robinson.

Aston Villa substitutes: Suliman, Sellars, McKirdy, Bunn, Lyden, Kinsella.

Aston Villa's pre-season preparations continue this afternoon, as they face nearby Walsall in a friendly at the Banks's Stadium.

Villa have had a difficult week having lost Christian Benteke to Liverpool, but Tim Sherwood has to put that to the back of his mind as they travel to face League One Walsall.

Sherwood has picked a strong starting XI, with new signings Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye both starting having arrived from Nice and Lille respectively.

Libor Kozak continues his run up front, whilst youngster Callum Robinson - who impressed on loan at Preston North End last season - is also given a start.

It's a youthful bench named by Sherwood, with highly-rated defender Easah Suliman amongst the substitutes, along with new signing Mark Bunn.

Villa will be expected to win given the strength of their side, but with just two weeks to go until the Premier League season, it's all about fitness for Sherwood's men.

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