BirminghamLive provides coverage of the first preseason friendly between Aston Villa and Walsall at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.
Unai Emery has selected a 23-man roster for Aston Villa’s first preseason friendly against Walsall at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.
Villa is without a number of first-team regulars this summer due to their participation in international competition. This afternoon, Emi Martinez, Robin Olsen, Tyrone Mings, John McGinn, Leon Bailey, Leander Dendoncker, Boubacar Kamara, Jhon Duran, and Cameron Archer are absent, and Alex Moreno, Bertrand Troare, Jacob Ramsey, and Philippe Coutinho are injured.
New recruits Pau Torres and Youri Tielemans are absent from the squad, but they will travel to the United States with the rest of the team the following week. Today at the Bescot, returning loanees Jaden Philogene, Morgan Sanson, Tim Iroegbunam, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Chrisene, Filip Marschall, and Lamare Bogarde will perform a role.
After their tour of the United States, Villa will face Lazio on Thursday, August 3, at the Bescot. A few days later, Villa travel to Valencia to conclude their preseason schedule.
Emery will likely make numerous substitutions at halftime during this afternoon’s encounter at Walsall. Marschall has started in goal, with Matty Cash, Diego Carlos, Josh Feeney, and Lucas Digne on the backline. Philogene, Iroegbunam, Luiz, and Aaron Ramsey all commence in the midfield, whereas Emi Buendia and Ollie Watkins lead the attack.
Marschall, Cash, Feeney, Diego Carlos, Digne, Philogene, Iroegbunam, Douglas Luiz, A. Ramsey, Buendia, and Watkins represent Aston Villa against Walsall.
Viljami Sinisalo, James Wright, Ezri Konsa, Calum Chambers, Sanson, Chrisene, Bogarde, Seb Revan, O’Reilly, Travis Patterson, Omari Kellyman, and Kadan Young are introduced as substitutes for Aston Villa.