Aston Villa are due to play against Watford in a Premier League game at Villa Park on Tuesday night, with the hosts desperate for points.

The Villains head into the clash in the relegation zone and will be well aware that they can escape the drop zone with a win.

The Hornets are just one point above Dean Smith’s Villa side on the league standings but their position is currently not suggestive of their form.

Nigel Pearson’s side are unbeaten during their past six league games and as such Villa will face an able opponent.

Both sides will be fancying victories.

Villa meanwhile have won two out of their previous five league games and they enter the match on the back of a 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Villa boss Smith is unlikely to make many changes to his side.

Danny Drinkwater, who recently joined the club on loan, could be withdrawn with Douglas Luiz coming into the side, according to BBC Sport.

The Villans could opt for a front three of Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish, with no out-and-out striker available.

New Villa signing Mbwana Samatta has not been registered in time and will play no part in the game.

The two teams last met in December with the Hornets prevailing 3-0 at Vicarage Road.

This, combined with the fact that Smith’s side are not playing with a recognised forward, could give Watford a psychological advantage.

Villa have no choice but to play with plenty of fighting spirit. They do have what it takes to get a win from the game provided that their players are comfortable on the ball during the game. Their home advantage might also assist.

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