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Preview: Trossard, March and Duffy back for Villa trip

Albion head to the Midlands on Saturday afternoon for their first game after the October international break, taking on Aston Villa at Villa Park.

By Alex Stedman • 17 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard celebrates scoring on his Albion debut.

Graham Potter’s team were impressive 3-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex last time out in the league, as Neal Maupay's goal and Aaron Connolly's brace sealed a memorable victory over the north London side.

This weekend’s opposition come into the game following an equally eye-catching performance in their last Premier League outing – a resounding 5-1 win away to Norwich City, stretching their unbeaten run to three matches in all competitions.

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay.

Team news…

Graham Potter confirmed that the trio of Leandro Trossard, Solly March and Shane Duffy are all back and available for selection when he met the media on Thursday afternoon, whilst Ezequiel Schelotto is also available after coming through a behind-closed-doors U23 friendly match against Crystal Palace.

The Seagulls will still be without the duo of Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo for the trip to Villa Park.

For Aston Villa, Jonathan Kodija could return to the side at the weekend after having surgery on a broken cheekbone.

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Stat attack…

Albion’s superb victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex set two new records, both thanks to Connolly’s double.

The Irish striker became the first teenager to start a Premier League match for the Seagulls, and his poacher’s effort in the first half also made him the first teenager to score for the club in the Premier League.

It was a performance which saw him named in the senior Republic of Ireland squad as a result, later that evening.

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Connolly: It hasn't sunk in yet!

Our last fixture…

Albion 3
Maupay 3
Connolly 32, 65

Tottenham Hotspur 0

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK); Montoya, Dunk (c), Webster, Burn; Gross, Stephens (Murray 89), Mooy, Alzate (Bong 88); Maupay, Connolly (Bissouma 80).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, March, Bissouma.

Their last fixture…

Norwich City 1
Drmic 87

Aston Villa 5
Wesley 14, 30
Grealish 49
Hourihane 61

Douglas Luiz 83

Aston Villa line-up: Heaton (GK); Targett, Engels (Konsa 75), Guilbert, Mings; McGinn, Nakamba, Hourihane (Douglas Luiz 78), Grealish, El Ghazi (Trezeguet 64); Wesley.

Subs not used: Steer (GK), Taylor, Jota, Davis.

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Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn.

Aston Villa’s player to watch…

John McGinn has notched seven times in all competitions so far this term for club and country – three times for Dean Smith’s side, and on four occasions for Scotland.

The midfielder found the back of the net away to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the campaign, and was on target again the next time the Villans visited north London, scoring against Arsenal at the Emirates.

McGinn also scored the side’s second in a 2-2 draw with Burnley at Villa Park at the end of last month, as well as a hat-trick for his country in last weekend’s 6-0 win over San Marino.

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