Confirmed: Aston Villa U21 line-up v West Ham - New man Oscar Borg starts

Jack Grealish

Villa's youngsters will have a bumper home crowd behind them as they look to secure a play-off spot in the U21 Premier League Division Two.

Villa starting XI: Matija Sarkic, Joshua Webb, Easah Suliman, Kevin Toner, Oscar Borg, Adama Traore, Rory Hale, Khalid Abdo, Andre Green, Jack Grealish (c), Keinan Davis

Substitutes: Viktor Johansson, Tom Leggett, Callum O'Hare, Corey Blackett-Taylor, Kelsey Mooney

Aston Villa’s high-flying Under-21s continue their push for promotion tonight when they host West Ham United in their latest U21 Premier League Division Two match.

Villa currently lie third in the table on 35 points with just two fixtures to play, but last Monday's 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion ended their hopes of automatic promotion.

However, they can secure one of the league's four play-off places with a game to spare if they see off the Hammers at Villa Park and are fielding a strong-looking line-up for the crucial contest, with Jack Grealish, Adama Traore and Andre Green all set to feature from the start.

Recent regulars Riccardo Calder, Lewis Kinsella and Jerell Sellars are now out on loan, but the likes of striker Keinan Davis and defenders Easah Suliman and Kevin Toner are promising prospects who could be pushing for first-team minutes as soon as next season.

New man Oscar Borg, who recently joined Villa from West Ham on a two-and-a-half-year deal, also makes his first appearance for Gordon Cowans' outfit at left-back, while forward Kelsey Mooney earns a spot on the bench after a strong season for the Under-18s.

In addition, Villa will have a bumper crowd behind him on the night thanks to a group of fans who have been mobilising support for the side's run-in through the Twitter page ‘@SupportThe21s’.

After months of discontent over the first-team’s plight, the idea was hatched to protest in positive manner by getting behind the club’s development team instead, and the Young Lions could now see one of their biggest-ever turnouts for the match.

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