Brighton vs Aston Villa confirmed starting lineups - as Watkins missing & Bailey benched

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Confirmed starting lineups for both Brighton and Aston Villa ahead of the clash’s 2pm kick-off, live from the Amex Stadium.

Brighton and Aston Villa have confirmed their starting lineups and substitutes for this afternoon’s Premier League clash at the Amex Stadium. The game is both sides’ final outing before the World Cup international break.

Brighton make two changes as Danny Welbeck comes in at striker, with Leandro Trossard and Solly March offering support on the flanks. Levi Colwill makes his full league debut with Adam Webster and Kaoru Mitoma both ill.

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Adam Lallana retains his place from the Seagulls’ 3-2 win at Wolves, as Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister sit in behind. It looks like a back four for Roberto De Zerbi’s team, with a centre back partnership of Lewis Dunk and Colwill. Pascal Gross and Pervis Estupiñan will likely operate in the full-back positions.

Villa meanwhile start with the same defensive line as in the 3-1 victory over Manchester United last weekend: Emiliano Martinez in goal with Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Lucas Digne in front of the Argentine.

Leon Bailey is on the bench as Aston Villa play Brighton at the Amex Stadium.Leon Bailey is on the bench as Aston Villa play Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Leon Bailey is on the bench as Aston Villa play Brighton at the Amex Stadium. | AFP via Getty Images

Boubacar Kamara comes into the base of the Villans’ midfield alongside Douglas Luiz, whereas Ollie Watkins is missing from the matchday squad through illness and Leon Bailey is dropped to the bench for the same reason. John McGinn gets a place in the side - as does equal-top scorer Danny Ings.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Aston Villa starting lineups

Brighton starting XI: Sanchez (GK); Estupinan, Colwill, Dunk, Gross; Caicedo, Mac Allister, Lallana; Trossard, March, Welbeck.

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Brighton subs: Steele (GK), Lamptey, Enciso, Undav, Gilmour, Ferguson, Van Hecke, Veltman, Turns.

Aston Villa starting XI: Martinez (GK); Digne, Konsa, Mings, Cash; Kamara, Luiz, McGinn; Buendia, Ramsey, Ings.

Aston Villa subs: Olsen (GK), Sanson, Chambers, Augustinsson, Young, Bednarek, Bailey, Dendoncker, Archer.

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