Aston Villa and Brighton are widely seen as two of the Sky Bet Championship’s top teams on paper but, surprisingly, only Brighton got off to a good start.
After coming down from the Premier League, Aston Villa recruited heavily in the summer, bringing in some top quality players.
However, they did not reap the rewards of doing this under Roberto di Matteo but have enjoyed an upturn in form since the arrival of Steve Bruce.
Brighton have begun the season in contrasting fashion, as they currently sit 2nd in the table, behind league leaders Newcastle.
The Seagulls have done well to bounce straight back from last season’s disappointment, and they look to be stronger this season, than they were last.
Both side have some real quality in their ranks, and if they joined to make one team, it would be a real force.
This was evidenced in last Friday’s 1-1 draw, which was a thrilling contest.
Here, I will look at the combined starting eleven from Aston Villa and Brighton.