Emi Martinez decision made as ‘battler’ returns - Aston Villa predicted XI gallery vs AZ Alkmaar

Here’s the very strong Aston Villa lineup we predict will play against AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Aston Villa head abroad for their second UEFA Europa Conference League away day of the season as they take on AZ Alkmaar on Thursday evening.

Unai Emery’s side are full of confidence after Sunday’s 4-1 win over West Ham United but will be wary of AZ’s threat as they sit second in Eredivisie, just two points off leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Group E is looking incredibly tight ahead of this week’s fixtures, with just goals scored separating all four teams. Villa are bottom based on that statistic but could soar to first with a win.

With this clash probably the toughest of all the group games, here’s the very strong lineup we predict Emery will field at AFAS Stadium.

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