Nakamba Recalled To The Starting XI Against Brighton

Zimbabwean midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has returned to Aston Villa’s first XI for the game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Villa boss Dean Smith has elected to start Nakamba ahead of Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz.

Nakamba will partner Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater in central midfield in a 3-4-3 formation.

The Hwange-born midfielder started from the bench in the previous round when his side lost 6-1 to Manchester City.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Dunk, Webster, Bernardo, Alzate; Stephens, Trossard, Mooy, Propper; Maupay, Connolly.

Aston Villa XI: Reina; Konsa, Mings, Hause; Guilbert, Marvelous, Drinkwater, Targett; El Ghazi, Grealish, Trezeguet.

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