Aston Villa have returned to European football for the 2023/24 season, with Unai Emery’s side participating in the UEFA Europa Conference League. After West Ham United’s success in the tournament last term, Villans will be hoping that the trophy can remain on English soil for another season.
Villa’s campaign begins with a trip to Poland, where they’ll face Legia Warszawa. Having netted three late goals against Crystal Palace to seal a sensational win on Saturday, confidence among the English side is high – and Emery has named a strong side in a bid to seize all three of the available points on Thursday.Embed from Getty Images
As expected, Emiliano Martínez starts in goal. He will hope to be protected by a back four of Lucas Diane, Clement Lenglet, Ezri Konsa and Calum Chambers.
A midfield pairing of Youri Tielemans and Boubacar Kamara should offer further defensive support – while the likes of Nicolo Zaniolo, John McGinn and Leon Bailey will mean that Villa should create plenty of attacking opportunities against Polish opposition.
Having ignited Villa’s comeback on the weekend, Jhon Durán retains his place as Emery’s starting striker.
LEG: Tobiasz; Ribeiro, Kapuadi, Pankov; Kun, Elitim, Slisz, Wszolek; Muçi, Gual, Josué
AVL: Martínez; Digne, Lenglet, Konsa, Chambers; Tielemans, Kamara; Zaniolo, McGinn, Bailey; Durán