Aston Villa’s predicted line-up vs Manchester City in the Premier League

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With the European Super League now very much dead in the water, all eyes will firmly be back on the Premier League on Wednesday night when Aston Villa take on Manchester City.

Dean Smith’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat last time out to reigning champions Liverpool, and face another incredibly difficult test when they take on the current league leaders.

The Villa boss has once again got some major injury concerns to deal with ahead of the game, and that will no doubt play a major part in his selection.

With that in mind, below is a look at how Villa might line up when City come to town tonight.

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In goal, Emiliano Martinez will be hoping to keep his first clean sheet in five Premier League games, with Villa’s defence just beginning to creak a little after an impressive campaign overall.

The back-four should also remain unchanged, although Smith may want to make some big calls in the midfield area.

The Villa boss confirmed that January signing Morgan Sanson will once again be missing from action thanks to injury, and he could well look to freshen things up by bringing Ross Barkley back into the fold.

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The England international appears to be on his way out of Villa Park, but was brought on as a substitute in the defeat to Liverpool last week, and Smith may feel like offering him one final chance in a big game to try and prove his worth – the £31.5m-rated Douglas Luiz might be the man to miss out.

Jacob Ramsey will also be pushing for a recall back to the starting line-up, and could do so in the place of Bertrand Traore. The Burkina Faso international just hasn’t been himself lately, and Anwar El Ghazi will be hoping to get his chance.

Predicted XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Nakamba, McGinn Barkley; Ramsey, Watkins, El Ghazi.