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Aston Villa should double up against in-form Harvey Barnes

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Aston Villa should double up against in-form Harvey Barnes

Aston Villa travel to West Brom in the Championship on Friday night and will need to take their A-game to get a positive result.

Villa are in impressive form due to the influence of manager Dean Smith and are now just three points outside the play-offs, while the Baggies sit third in the table.

Smith’s side will need to be set up well defensively against the league’s top scorers (42) and should keep a special eye on their dazzling attacker Harvey Barnes.

The 20-year-old is excelling during his loan spell at the Hawthorns from Leicester City and has already scored eight goals in 22 games across all competitions this season.


He is a skilful wide player that operates from the left flank before cutting inside and has three goals in his last four matches.

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But Villa should deploy a plan to wipe out his influence from the contest by using the combination of Alan Hutton and Ahmed Elmohamady.

They should double up on Barnes by using Hutton in his usual right-back position and having the defensively minded Elmohamady play in front as the winger.

There are more adventurous wide players that Villa could look to use going forward, but Elmohamady offers brilliant defensive work and Hutton may need the extra hand from his teammate.

Barnes has scored some stunning goals already this season for West Brom and Villa’s defence will need to work hard to ensure he can’t get shots away at their goal.

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