The big build up!

Kick off at St Andrew’s is two hours away – team news on the way in just over an hour.

The big talking points as far as the Villa line up is concerned focuses on defence and midfield.

Will John McGinn get a recall after a two match suspension which has seen Villa collect four points from a possible six.

And that includes a 4-0 hammering of Derby County last time out.

Shoe-horning McGinn into what looks like a highly effective midfield looks a difficult task, so the Scot may have to settle for a place on the bench. Not a bad sub to have if things do not go to plan.

In defence, Smith must make a change with Tommy Elphick out for the next six weeks due to a foot injury suffered last week against Derby.

Smith says he can play Kortney Hause in that role alongside Tyrone Mings with Neil Taylor coming in at left back, but he also has the option of bringing Mile Jedinak back into the centre of defence. All will be revealed soon!

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