Confirmed: Bournemouth v Aston Villa line-ups - Ayew and Veretout both start

Bournemouth AFC player huddle

Here is how Bournemouth and Aston Villa will line up for today's game.

Bournemouth embark on their maiden Premier League campaign this afternoon as they host Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon.

The Cherries won the Championship last season, and bright young manager Eddie Howe will have to beat the odds to keep Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Howe's first line-up in the Premier League sees most of the team that won promotion handed the chance to impress, with the likes of Callum Wilson, Stee Cook, Matt Ritchie and Marc Pugh all starting.

On the bench, new signings Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings, Sylvain Distin and Max Gradel are all available, with Howe having a number of options at his disposal.

Their opponents Aston Villa have had a turbulent summer, losing key players such as Ron Vlaar, Tom Cleverley, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke.

Manager Tim Sherwood has spent heavily on new signings, and six of those start today in Jordan Amavi, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout, Scott Sinclair and striker Jordan Ayew.

Another new arrival, Rudy Gestede, is available on the bench for Sherwood, who has a lot to prove in his first full season as a manager having kept Villa up last season.

Bournemouth lineup

Starting:

  • Artur Boruc
  • Steve Cook
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Tommy Elphick
  • Simon Francis
  • Dan Gosling
  • Marc Pugh
  • Matt Ritchie
  • Andrew Surman
  • Joshua King
  • Callum Wilson

Substitutes: Adam Federici, Sylvain Distin, Tyrone Mings, Adam Smith, Eunan O'Kane, Max Gradel, Yann Kermorgant.

Aston Villa lineup

Starting:

  • Brad Guzan
  • Jordan Amavi
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Micah Richards
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Jordan Veretout
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Jordan Ayew

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Nathan Baker, Alan Hutton, Kieran Richardson, Joe Cole, Carlos Sánchez, Rudy Gestede.

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