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RINGING THE CHANGES: Will Dean Smith rotate the squad against Brighton?

 

This weekend brings another opportunity for Dean Smith's Aston Villa to continue their impressive season and stay within the chase for European football.

They'll travel to the south coast to face a Brighton & Hove Albion side who have beaten both Tottenham and Liverpool in recent weeks.

However, they exited the FA Cup at the fifth round stage after Leicester City beat them on Wednesday night.

There was controversy in the last game between these two when VAR overruled the onfield referee to reverse a penalty decision.

Mahmoud Trezeguet was deemed to have been fouled by Solly March inside the area in stoppage time.

However, after a review, referee Michael Oliver was advised to overturn the decision.

Villa lost 2-1 in the end after goals from March and Danny Welbeck despite the home side enjoying more possession and shots on target.

 

Barkley's Shaky Form

 

Aston Villa may look to freshen up their lineup according to Dom Phillips.

Ross Barkley hasn't lived up to his potential in recent weeks according to Dom and he'd like to see changes made.

"Considering the shaky form of Ross Barkley - he's not been the same dynamic [player]. He was such a good star player before he was injured," Dom said.

"I don't think he's done as well since the injury. He hasn't run as much, hasn't been involved in the play as consistently as he was.

"Getting substituted at the weekend and going off and kicking a water bottle - I'm sure Smith won't be happy that."

Douglas Luiz or Morgan Sanson could come in to replace the on-loan Chelsea man in Dom's eyes.

Barkley may have fallen out of favour after kicking a water bottle following being substituted, which didn't impress his manager at the time.

There's no fresh injury concerns for Villa as Wesley and Kortney Hause remain the only unavailable first-team players.

Villa's trip to Brighton is on Saturday night and kick-off is set for 8pm.


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