Crunch time again, maybe, as Villa visit Brighton. Following two 1-0 setbacks, Gerrard’s Villa will take to the pitch with changes up front. Both Watkins and Ings will play, but with Coutinho in the front line, while Emi Buendia goes to the bench. Last time out, Villa came away 2-0 winners at Villa Park in Gerrard’s debut. After 14 games in charge, Gerrard is now 5-2-7, and will be looking to halt the frustrating inability to create good chances.
Ezri Konsa returns to the side following suspension. Villa are otherwise unchanged.
Whether the two strikers are actually settling into the 10 slots or this portends a more flat 4-3-3, we’ll have to see. Likewise, one wonders whether this might, in practice, be more like playing with a false nine in Coutinho and might be somewhat akin to 4-4-2. Having Danny Ings play wider will be interesting, don’t think we’ve seen that beyond situational rotations.
So, an interesting tweak.