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Here’s what we expect Aston Villa’s starting lineup to look like for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Walsall.

Aston Villa are in pre-season action for the first time ahead of the 2023/24 campaign on Saturday as they take on League Two side Walsall at Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Unai Emery’s men returned for testing at Bodymoor Heath last weekend and have been put through their paces ever since in preparation for their first friendly encounter.

Fans will be in attendance for the fixture which is the last in England until the Villans return to Poundland Bescot Stadium on August 3, to take on Serie A giants Lazio.

It’s difficult to work out who exactly will get the nod from Emery for this weekend’s clash but it’s likely a number of young players will feature rather than regular starters.

With that in mind, we’ve had our best go at predicting the starting lineup for the trip to Walsall, with some exciting additions brought in for game time. See below.