Aston Villa vs Brentford: Predicted lineups and team news

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Aston Villa welcomes a desperate Brentford side to Villa Park in a Premier League matchup with significant implications for both clubs. While Villa aim to rebound from their Manchester City loss and strengthen their grip on a Champions League berth, Brentford find themselves in a tense relegation dogfight. Every point is vital as they claw for Premier League survival.

Team News

Aston Villa could see a revitalised lineup. John McGinn's return from suspension promises to bolster the midfield, while the potential comebacks of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and top scorer Ollie Watkins would be major boosts for the Villans. In defence, look for Pau Torres to solidify the backline, potentially taking over for Clement Lenglet and partnering with Diego Carlos.

Brentford also welcome back a key player as the fit-again Bryan Mbeumo is poised to inject energy into the attack. Sergio Reguilon could feature on the left flank, adding a potential spark. All eyes, however, will be on Ivan Toney. The star striker desperately seeks to snap his seven-game goal drought and reignite Brentford's fight for survival.

Aston Villa vs Brentford: Predicted Lineups

Aston Villa (4-4-2): Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Moreno; Bailey, Luiz, Tielemans, McGinn; Diaby, Duran

Brentford (3-5-2): Flekken; Zanka, Collins, Ajer; Roerslev, Onyeka, Jensen, Janelt, Reguilon; Mbeumo, Toney

Aston Villa hold the upper hand in this rivalry, having won the reverse fixture in December. They now seek a historic feat: their first league double over Brentford since 1947. But make no mistake, a desperate Brentford side has never won a league game away at Villa Park (D5 L3) and will battle with fierce intensity to change that.

Villa's recent home form, with three losses in their last five at Villa Park, injects a sliver of hope for the Bees. Yet, the sheer quality and depth of Aston Villa should prove the difference in this clash of contrasting objectives.

This match signifies Villa's European ambitions against Brentford's sheer will to survive. Expect a tense and emotionally-charged battle where each tackle, each run, and each goal carry immense weight for both teams.