World News – GB – Aston Villa predicted team against Stoke: tied with Barkley Cup, Ramsey starts


Carabao Cup preview – A place in the December quarter-finals is on offer as Villa battles the Potters, which will see James Chester return to Villa Park for Stoke

Dean Smith’s Aston Villa to play in tonight’s last 16 Carabao Cup games against Stoke City

A place in the quarter-finals is up for grabs with the draw after the draw between Liverpool and Arsenal

In the cup so far, Villa beat Burton Albion and Bristol City with the simply brilliant Smith’s second string at Ashton Gate a week ago

As for potential selection dilemmas, the head coach will look to welcome back fit Bjorn Engels after his thigh strain issues

The Belgian was not on a match day squad before the lockdown began in March at Leicester

It’s M Reliable Ahmed Elmohamady who showed up at center-back in Bristol last week, partnering with Kortney Hause with Premier League top couple Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa taking a night off

Given Elmohamady’s display, you suspect the 33-year-old will captain Villa once again this week, with everyone who started at Fulham rested before facing free goalscorer Liverpool , Sunday night

With just 72 hours left between Stoke’s game and Liverpool’s game, that means Smith will have to shuffle his pack again and may well name the exact same starting XI that comfortably beat Bristol City 3 -0

In disgrace, Frédéric Guilbert did well last week and should get again a few minutes at right-back On the opposite flank, Neil Taylor should move to left-back

Midfielder Jacob Ramsey will look to capitalize on his eye-catching start to life as a first-team player after his Premier League bow on Monday The 19-year-old received a round of applause in Fulham’s dressing room after making his big league debut Ramsey, of course, has played at Bristol and is determined to start against Stoke on Thursday He will have Henri Lansbury and Marvelous Nakamba with him in Smith’s midfielder New signing Ross Barkley is in a cup tie

Villa has made a promising start to the season after signing Ollie Watkins, Betrand Traore, Matty Cash, Emi Martinez and Ross Barkley But there is still time to reshape the squad before the window closes at 11pm on Monday

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Up front and, like Ramsey, the Davis Academy graduate will look to maintain his impressive Carabao Cup start The 22-year-old, newly signed on a new four-year deal last week, scored at Burton and brilliantly assisted Anwar El Ghazi in Bristol Davis will lead the line again with Ollie Watkins if needed being a bench option

In large areas, Bertrand Traoré rioted against the Robins last week and scored a nonchalant finish in his debut The Burkinabé was sidelined from the starting XI at Fulham by Trezeguet but, on Thursday, the signing of 19 £ million from Lyon to debut at Villa Park from the right On the left, El Ghazi appears to be the favorite to start knowing he didn’t take part in Villa’s victory at Fulham The Dutchman visited the capital but was not required

Here’s how we think Smith could line up, including a callback to the 18-man squad for the forgotten man Engels:

Aston Villa, 4-3-3: Steer; Guilbert, Elmohamady, Hause, Taylor; Nakamba, Ramsey, Lansbury; Traoré, Davis, El Ghazi Submarines: Kalinic, Engels, Targett, Hourihane, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, Watkins

Stoke City vs Preston last week, 3-4-1-2: Davies; Chester, Souttar, Fox; Smith, Obi Mikel, Clucas, McClean; Oakley-Boothe; Gregory, Fletcher

Aston Villa vs Stoke City

World news – GB – Aston Villa predicted the team against Stoke: tied in Barkley Cup, Ramsey starts


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