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Aston Villa predicted XI v Bournemouth: Douglas Luiz to debut?

Aston Villa manager \ head coach Dean Smith during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Shrewsbury Town and Aston Villa at Montgomery Waters Meadow on July 21, 2019 in Shrewsbury, England.

Can Aston Villa put their first points on the board when they host Eddie Howe's Bournemouth on Saturday?

Doulag Luiz of Aston Villa is challenged by Christain Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

Aston Villa could make three changes to the team that suffered an opening day Premier League defeat as they take on Bournemouth on home soil this Saturday. 

Dean Smith could potentially give a debut to £15 million summer signing Douglas Luiz [BBC Sport], who would provide more balance to the middle of the park as he could replace Conor Hourihane in the starting XI.


Many Villa supporters were surprised that Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady started the encounter against Tottenham, as both could now be replaced by Matt Targett and Fred Guilbert for their opening home clash of the season. 

There were a number of players who were handed their debuts last Saturday, with winger Trezeguet impressing during the first-half as he should have arguably taken one of two big chances that were handed to him. 

Nonetheless, he wasn't the only one who impressed during that defeat against Spurs with centre-back duo Bjorn Engels and Tyrone Mings producing an outstanding display.

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

If the duo can produce those types of performances this season then it will no doubt bode well for Villa and their chances of having a pretty successful campaign. 

Despite his poor performance on the opening day, winger Anwar El Ghazi might just keep his place in the starting XI, with midfield duo John McGinn and Jack Grealish no doubt certain starters.

Here is how Villa could potentially line-up against Bournemouth on Saturday:

Aston Villa predicted XI v Bournemouth

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