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The midfield that Dean Smith needs to go with as Aston Villa team news emerges

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Aston Villa face a tough trip away to in-form Derby on Saturday as they look to build on their win over Bolton last time out.

Dean Smith’s men recorded a relatively comfortable victory over the Trotters but they remain five points away from the play-offs and seven behind Saturday’s opponents.

Even though we aren’t at the halfway mark, Smith will be wary of letting the gap to the top six get too big, so they need to start picking up results quickly.

And, the former Brentford boss has been boosted by the return of Birkir Bjarnason as they make the trip to the East Midlands.

The Icelandic international started Smith’s first game in charge, a 1-0 win over Swansea, but was on the bench for the defeat at Norwich.

He was then restored to the XI against QPR before going off after 40 minutes with an injury.

However, he is available now and here we look at the midfield trio that Smith needs to go with against Frank Lampard’s side…

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