Confirmed Aston Villa v Middlesbrough line-ups: Adama Traore starts, Kodjia on the bench

General view inside the stadium priro to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on May 7, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa host Middlesbrough in the Championship this evening.

Aston Villa starting line-up: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Taylor; Jedinak, Lansbury, Hourihane; Bjarnason, Snodgrass, Davis

Aston Villa substitutes: Steer, Samba, Whelan, Hogan, Hutton, Kodjia, Adomah

Middlesbrough starting line-up: Randolph, Christie, Fry, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, Leadbitter, Traore, Downing, Baker, Assombalonga

Middlesbrough substitutes: Dimi, Friend, Shotton, Howson, Johnson, Bamford, Fletcher

Aston Villa have drawn their last two games, and will be hoping to pick up a win over Middlesbrough tonight, having drawn 0-0 with Brentford over the weekend.

Steve Bruce's men have yet to hit top form this season, but will be looking for a win this time around, as goalkeeper Sam Johnstone starts in goal having starred against Brentford, with Ahmed Elmohamady, James Chester, John Terry and Neil Taylor across defence.

Mile Jedinak will protect the back four, allowing Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane to get forward and support the front three of Birkir Bjarnason, Robert Snodgrass and young striker Keinan Davis.

The big news is that Jonathan Kodjia is on the bench after a spell out through injury, and he is joined by fellow substitutes Jed Steer, Chris Samba, Glenn Whelan, Scott Hogan, Alan Hutton and ex-Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah.

Visitors Boro hammered Bolton Wanderers 3-0 over the weekend, and will be looking to build on that with another strong result tonight, with Cyrus Christie, Dael Fry, Ben Gibson and Fabio featuring in front of goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Adam Clayton, Grant Leadbitter and Lewis Baker start in midfield, with Stewart Downing and ex-Villa winger Adama Traore supporting Britt Assombalonga in the final third.

Patrick Bamford and Ashley Fletcher are both named on the bench, alongside Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, George Friend and Jonny Howson, as well as new signings Ryan Shotton and Marvin Johnson.

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