Confirmed Aston Villa v Bournemouth lineups: Lyden starts, Richards on the bench

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Aston Villa take on Bournemouth in the Premier League this afternoon...

Aston Villa can be relegated today, if their result against Bournemouth is worse than Norwich's result at Crystal Palace.

Villa's relegation to the Championship has been inevitable for some time now, and their pain could be over this afternoon unless Eric Black can spark a surprise performance.

Youngster Jordan Lyden starts at right back this afternoon, with the Australian offered a major chance to impress this afternoon.

Kieran Richardson and Leandro Bacuna also start today, with Scott Sinclair even brought into the side for a rare appearance.

Youngster Kevin Toner is on the bench, as is defender Micah Richards, whose struggles have been highlighted of late.

Bournemouth head into the game having lost 4-0 to Manchester City last week, but are already safe after a superb season under Eddie Howe.

The Cherries are without striker Benik Afobe today after the January signing picked up a hamstring injury, meaning Lewis Grabban starts again.

Josh King won the club's player of the month award for March, and continues in attack, whilst Dan Gosling and Andrew Surman start in midfield.

Striker Callum Wilson has been out since September, but returns to the bench this afternoon in a major boost for Bournemouth.

Aston Villa lineup

Starting:

  • Brad Guzan
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Aly Cissokho
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Jordan Lyden
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Jordan Ayew

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Jack Grealish, Carlos Sánchez, Rudy Gestede, Adama Traoré.

Bournemouth lineup

Starting:

  • Artur Boruc
  • Steve Cook
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Tommy Elphick
  • Simon Francis
  • Dan Gosling
  • Matt Ritchie
  • Andrew Surman
  • Lewis Grabban
  • Max Gradel
  • Joshua King

Substitutes: Adam Federici, Rhoys Wiggins, Shaun MacDonald, Eunan O'Kane, Marc Pugh, Juan Iturbe, Callum Wilson.

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