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How Aston Villa could line up for their first game back

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Sports Mole looks at how Aston Villa could line up for their first Premier League game back against Sheffield United.

Aston Villa will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on high-flying Sheffield United on June 17.

Dean Smith's side are due to play their game in hand against the Blades on the first night that the league resumes, before taking on Chelsea at some point on the weekend of 19-21 June.

Villa have lost each of their last four in the Premier League, including a 4-0 defeat at Leicester City on March 9, to sit 19th in the table, two points behind 17th-placed Watford.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the strugglers could line up when they take to the field against Chris Wilder's team on June 17.


Out: Tom Heaton (knee), Wesley (knee)
Doubtful: John McGinn (ankle), Jed Steer (Achilles)

Villa will still be unable to call upon either Tom Heaton or Wesley due to long-term knee injuries, but there is a hope that key midfielder John McGinn will be fit to return from an ankle problem.

The Scotland international has not played since December 21 but has stepped up his recovery over the lockdown period and could be in line to feature in the middle of the park.

Pepe Reina is battling Orjan Nyland for the spot between the sticks with Jed Steer still struggling to overcome an Achilles issue, while Smith has decisions to make in midfield.

Conor Hourihane could be the player to drop out should McGinn return, with Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba expected to keep their spots in a 4-3-3 formation.

The back four is unlikely to change, while Mbwana Samatta, who has scored twice in six appearances for Villa since arriving in January, should lead the line in Wesley's absence.

Anwar El Ghazi was left out of the starting XI against Leicester but should return, while Jack Grealish is expected to line up on the left side of a front three once again.

The speculation surrounding Grealish's future continues to gather pace, but there is no question that the Englishman will be determined to help his side move away from the relegation zone.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool33292272254789
2Manchester CityMan City33213981344766
3Chelsea341861063461760
4Leicester CityLeicester341771063323158
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd331510856332355
6Arsenal34131385041952
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33131374536952
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs33139115244848
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd33121293433148
10Burnley33137133746-946
11Everton33128134048-844
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle331110123545-1043
13Southampton33134164255-1343
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton33812133544-936
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3387184058-1831
17Watford34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich CityNorwich3456232663-3721
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