Rafa Benitez made eight changes to the side that were beaten last Saturday against Wolves and the team on Tuesday night looked a lot better than the team of last Saturday.
We lost to two poor goals in the league last Saturday, but won rather easily by the same scoreline 2-0 in the EFL Cup – with the defense looking a lot stronger.
It’s a very good question what team Rafa will start tomorrow at Villa Park and he seems spoiled for choice.
Karl Darlow – could keep his place
This is the team that could start the game tomorrow afternoon in the late kickoff game at 5:30 pm:
Yedlin Hanley Lascelles (c) Dummett
Richie Perez Gouffran
That’s five changes from the side that started in the last game.
Karl Darlow deserves his place in goal and he seems safer than Matz Sels, but Rafa will probably stick with Sels in goal.
It’s a toss up at left back, but we have local lad Paul Dummett returning in place of Achraf Lazaar, who made his debut on Tuesday night.
We have Grant Hanley keeping his place at the expense of Chancel Mbemba and Isaac Hayden coming in for Jack Colback as one of the central midfielders.
Up front Perez is in the number 10 role, although that could easily be Mohamed Diame and up front is Aleksandar Mitrovic in place of Daryl Murphy, who made his debut on Tuesday night.
The two wingers are the two who are in great form at the moment – Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran, the goalscorers from Tuesday night.
These two lads also work their socks off for the team and are always good to have in the team, especially away from home.
What would your side be for tomorrow at Villa Park?