Steve Bruce will take one other take a look at his troops his motion tonight at Walsall because the pre-season schedule continues.

Villa line up with James Chester and Tommy Elphick within the coronary heart of defence. Alan Hutton and Neil Taylor are the full-backs.

In central midfield Glenn Whelan sits both aspect of Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury.

Ritchie De Laet begins in proper midfield once more with Jack Grealish supporting Jonathan Kodjia up high.

Villa might alter their system all through the sport, doubtlessly reverting to a three-man backline with Hutton dropping in.

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That will see De Laet and Taylor act as wing-backs, an possibility Bruce might take into account this season.

Beginning XI: Steer, Hutton, Chester. Elphick, De Laet, Taylor, Whelan, Hourihane, Lansbury, Grealish, Kodjia.

Subs : Bunn, Bree, Gardner, Adomah, Inexperienced, Davis, Knibbs.

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Steve Bruce takes his Aston Villa staff to Walsall tonight as pre-season preparations hit second gear.

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The supervisor, alongside his trusted coaches Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh, has whipped his gamers into form with a gruelling coaching camp out in Portugal.

Eight days within the Algarve have blown off the cobwebs and pushed Could’s play-off closing defeat to the again of the gamers’ minds.

Villa returned to English soil late final week and kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a double-header on Saturday afternoon.

An XI together with star man Jack Grealish, Albert Adomah and Alan Hutton coasted to a 1-1 draw with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough whereas James Chester, Conor Hourihane, Jonathan Kodjia and Co downed Telford 3-0.

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A conflict towards League One aspect Walsall will signify an honest step up for Bruce’s aspect although and a really sturdy squad will make the brief journey up the M6 to the Bescot Stadium.

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