Predicted line-ups: Aston Villa vs Brentford
Danny Ings celebrates a wonder goal on his home debut (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Aston Villa will look to build on their first win of the season by picking up three points against Brenford at Villa Park

The Bees are still looking for their first away win of the season but are still unbeaten after a terrific win at home to Arsenal and a goalless draw with Crystal Palace.

  • Goalkeepers 

As always in the Premier League, the Villa keeper will almost definitely be Emiliano Martinez. The argentine number one kept a clean sheet last time out, although he only made one save as Steve Bruce's side failed to create many clear cut chances.

He did concede a penalty however, being given a yellow card for his troubles. VAR reviewed and deduced that Callum Wilson was offside and the referees decision was reversed. Martinez has played every game since joining the Villains, and this game at Villa Park is very unlikely to be different.

 Like the Midlands based outfit, Thomas Frank's side have a constant in between the sticks with David Raya playing both games so far this season. The Spaniard has kept two clean sheets and will be hopeful of keeping his 100% record in this upcoming game.

  • Defenders

Like Martinez, Dean Smith's three of the back four almost selects itself with Matty CashEzri Konsa and, new club captain, Tyrone Mings acting as a solid base from which the side can build. 

The choice at left back is where questions may be asked with Ashley Young starting against Newcastle and Matt Targett starting against Barrow midweek. It's likely that Smith will stick with the veteran Young after a good performance last time out.

The Bees have fielded the same back five in both Premier League games this season, with Rico HenryEthan Pinnock, Pontus JanssonKristoffer Ajer and Sergi Canos being unbeatable so far this season. All three centre halves have been solid and the wing backs have been excellent going forward as well as being defensively sound.

Charlie Goode and Mads Bech provide the three centre backs with stern competition and there is lots of versatility in the wing back positions meaning that Frank's side are able to play in the same style if they are struck with injuries or suspensions. 

  • Midfielders

A standout factor of Villa's win against the Magpies was the dominance of the midfield, particularly in the second half. John McGinn was heavily praised by the Villa faithful picking him out for his trademark lung-busting runs both offensively and defensively. Super John will be looking to continue the form he has started the new season with.

Jacob Ramsey had a great second half last time out, with chants of his name ringing around the stadium by the time he was substituted off. Driving runs and quick passing were key in his game and after a good performance he is likely to reprise his role.

Douglas Luiz returned to Premier League action and performed well, providing a shield infront of the backline well. Marvelous Nakamba didn't have an evening to remember against Barrow making it unlikely that he will come into the fray. 

Like with the back line, Frank has named the same midfield three in both games so far this season. New signing Frank Onyeka has played well following his move from FC Midtjylland in July but has been substituted in both games, once he finds his feet in terms of fitness, he may become a sort after player.

Christian Norgaard and Vitaly Janelt make up the three with both being almost ever presents in the Championship last season. This familiarity will play a factor in how coherent the Bees have been so far. The combination play with the wing backs and the front two is key to their success this season.


Leon Bailey came on and had a very positive impact against Watford but wasn't involved with the Newcastle game due to an injury which Dean Smith has confirmed will keep him out for this game. This means that Emiliano Buendia and Anwar El Ghazi will keep their places in the side. The latter was influential against Barrow scoring two and grabbing and an assist which may give the Dutchman a confidence boost heading into this game.

Danny Ings has scored two goals in two games since joining the club showing off his goal scoring pedigree. With Ollie Watkins potentially out injured yet again with a bruised knee, the former Liverpool and Burnley man is really stepping up to the plate when Dean Smith needs him most.

Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo have started both games up top and despite neither of them scoring as of yet, the two have created five chances between them in their opening games. Villa's back four need to be careful around these tricky customers especially with the attacking threat of Canos and Henry on the flanks.

Predicted Aston Villa staring XI

Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Young; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey; Buendia, El Ghazi, Ings

Predicted Brentford starting XI

Raya; Canos, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Onyeka, Norgaard, Janelt; Mbuemo, Toney