This is the lineup we think Steve Bruce will select for Monday at Villa Park. It has one change from the win against Bournemouth with Fabian Schar returning to the side in the place of the injured Jamaal Lascelles.
In addition to Lascelles, Matt Ritchie is still unavailable with his ankle injury and Sean Longstaff will serve the final of his three-match suspension.
Bruce said in his press conference that Ciaran Clark was nursing a slight hamstring injury. However, he also said that he thought he would be ok.
So we are going with Clark keeping his place though we would love to see Florian Lejeune back on the pitch. We also believe Fabian Schar will get straight back into the team after missing the last three matches.
There’s no need for Bruce to tinker too much right now with this side. They have been fantastic over the past two wins, and we don’t think Bruce will try to fix something that is clearly working.
Yesterday, Bruce mentioned that Jonjo was likely to captain the side, so we hope that can inspire him to remain focused. We also hope that our front three can continue to get shots away, but this time put some in the back of the net.
It’s now going to be a struggle to make the bench for some members of the team as Yoshinori Muto and Javier Manquillo have found out recently.
With Lejeune likely to make the match-day squad, it’s going to be interesting to see who else doesn’t make the trip. We think the bench will look like this with Dwight Gayle missing out:
Darlow, Krafth, Lejeune, Dummett, M. Longstaff, Atsu, Carroll
Bruce will return to one of his many former clubs and hope to get all three points. We’ll have to see how today and tomorrow’s fixtures pan out, but we’ll likely drop a few places in the table over the next few days. However, three points on Monday could see us in the top half. We have faith that the lads can do just that.
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