Norwich City host Aston Villa at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Saturday as they look to avoid dropping into the bottom three.
The Canaries have lost five of their seven Premier League matches so far, sitting just above Villa in the table – as the two sides occupy 17th and 18th in the league.
Daniel Farke has a number of very concerning injury problems, with his two first-choice goalkeepers – Tim Krul and Ralf Farhmann – both potentially out for the game. Michael McGovern played 70 minutes against Crystal Palace, but his kicking gifted possession back to the opposition far too often, although that is to be expected of a third choice.
Aston Villa and Norwich were both promoted from the Championship last season and both have quality throughout their squads. But, what would a combined XI of the two sides look like? Here is our best go…
With Krul and Fahrmann out, this one is a no brainer between the sticks.
Aarons made his comeback from injury against Palace last week and will look to kick on again against Villa. The talented right-back was a must-have in this XI.
Engels has impressed at centre-back for Aston Villa since his move to the club in the summer and is the best central defender between the two clubs.
A tough call between Mings and Ben Godfrey, but the former gets the nod. Mings has been excellent this season since his permanent switch from Bournemouth.
Another easy decision. Lewis has been one of Norwich’s best performers this season and Villa have struggled in the left-back position.
Although he has been playing at centre-back of late, Amadou gets into this side as the defensive midfielder. The Frenchman was unfortunate against Palace, but has shown some strong defensive qualities in recent weeks.
Another no-brainer. McGinn has, arguably, been Aston Villa’s best player this season and already notched goals against Arsenal and Tottenham from midfield.
Buendia has already managed four assists in seven games this season, demonstrating his excellent creativity on the right. He gets in over the likes of Jota and El Ghazi.
Marco Stiepermann has, quite frankly, been poor this season and Jack Grealish has caught the eye in a number of games with his intelligent creative play in midfield.
Two goals and two assists so far for the England under-21 international. The academy graduate has had a great start to life in the Premier League.
Six goals and two assists in seven games for Pukki, who else would lead the line in this XI?