Aston Villa will be looking to put a much-needed three points on the board when they take on West Ham United on Monday night.
Dean Smith could potentially hand Marvelous Nakamba his debut, with his team suffering a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace before the international break.
Winger Trezeguet will definitely miss the Hammers clash because he was sent off against Palace and will now be serving a one-game ban.
As a result, Anwar El Ghazi, who has started the season in a poor fashion, could come into the starting fold as he is the only viable wide option, at this moment in time.
In regards to the midfield, the usual duo of John McGinn and Jack Grealish have started in the number 8 position for every game this season, with Conor Hourihane, and in recent games, Douglas Luiz playing that deeper role.
Luiz arrived back to England on Thursday morning after being on international duty with Brazil’s U21’s, so is Smith’s mind already made up there in regards to making a change? It needs to be remembered that Nakamba, and even Henri Lansbury, have not been part of any international fixtures.
Either way, something needs to change in Villa’s midfield because it has been a problem area during their first four matches.
The gap and relationship between the midfield and defence doesn’t look right, at this moment in time, as something needs to either click or change for it to work.
Nonetheless, here is how Villa could potentially line-up against Manuel Pellegrini’s men on Monday night: