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ASTON VILLA VS BRIGHTON PREVIEW

Steven Gerrard’s era at Aston Villa kicks off today when his new team hosts Brighton at Villa Park.

Gerrard will be without Douglas Luiz, who has been sidelined since late October with a hamstring injury.

The Liverpool legend will also be deprived of Morgan Sanson and Trezeguet, who are out with an illness and knee injury respectively.

However, the 41-year-old head coach will have Ezri Konsa back in the squad after the defender served a one-game ban.

Brighton manager Graham Potter, on the other hand, will be missing goalkeeper Robert Sanchez as he is suspended following his late red card against Newcastle two weeks ago.

Therefore, second-choice keeper Jason Steele is expected to be handed his Premier League debut.

Enock Mwepu is sidelined with a muscle strain but Potter will have Aaron Connolly back as he regained full fitness following a heel injury

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