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Karim El Ahmadi is penalised for a handball. Jonathan de Guzman takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Angel Rangel, save made by Bradley Guzan.
Effort from the edge of the area by Luke Moore goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Ben Davies has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Goal scored by Christian Benteke from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-0 Swansea.Assist by Darren Bent.
The ball is sent over by Angel Rangel, Luke Moore takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.
Luke Moore has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Luke Moore takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
Shot by Matthew Lowton from 30 yards. Save by Michel Vorm.
The ball is crossed by Barry Bannan, Alan Tate manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Barry Bannan.
Shot from 20 yards from Karim El Ahmadi. Save by Michel Vorm.
Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.
Itay Shechter is caught offside. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Eric Lichaj concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Eric Lichaj is cautioned. Jonathan de Guzman delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Leon Britton goes off and Itay Shechter comes on.
Charles N'Zogbia comes on in place of Brett Holman.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan.
Shot by Christian Benteke. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Barry Bannan, comfortable save by Michel Vorm.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Effort on goal by Christian Benteke from 20 yards. Blocked by Angel Rangel.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman by Brett Holman results in a free kick. Jonathan de Guzman takes the free kick.
Karim El Ahmadi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman. Direct free kick taken by Angel Rangel.
Luke Moore replaces Danny Graham.
Andreas Weimann goes off and Christian Benteke comes on.
Ashley Westwood comes on in place of Stephen Ireland.
The ball is swung over by Nathan Dyer, Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Stephen Ireland results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Miguel Michu.
Ron Vlaar produces a cross, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
Shot from 18 yards by Danny Graham. Blocked by Alan Tate.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman by Stephen Ireland. Pablo Hernandez is brought on as a substitute for Wayne Routledge. Direct free kick taken by Angel Rangel.
Left-footed shot by Andreas Weimann.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, Andreas Weimann has a drilled shot. Leon Britton makes a clearance.
Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, Ciaran Clark takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
Darren Bent has a drilled shot. Alan Tate gets a block in.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan played to the near post, clearance by Danny Graham.
Ciaran Clark has a drilled shot. Michel Vorm makes a brilliant save.
Outswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan.
Stephen Ireland challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Angel Rangel on Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is delivered by Nathan Dyer, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Brett Holman. Ben Davies restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Eric Lichaj. Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.
Nathan Dyer crosses the ball.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Bent. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Eric Lichaj. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Miguel Michu concedes a free kick for a foul on Eric Lichaj. Miguel Michu goes into the referee's book. Ron Vlaar takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alan Tate.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Matthew Lowton results in a free kick. Matthew Lowton goes into the referee's book. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.
Miguel Michu delivers the ball, save by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton, blocked by Ben Davies.
Eric Lichaj sends in a cross, Alan Tate manages to make a clearance.
Darren Bent takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Foul by Ashley Williams on Darren Bent, free kick awarded. Barry Bannan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Brett Holman produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman, Effort from deep inside the area by Miguel Michu clears the bar.
Barry Bannan sends in a cross, clearance made by Alan Tate.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel by Ciaran Clark. Booking for Ciaran Clark. Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.
Angel Rangel produces a cross.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andreas Weimann. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Davies.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, clearance by Alan Tate.
Matthew Lowton finds the net with a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Swansea.Assist by Barry Bannan.
Stephen Ireland takes the inswinging corner, Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Brett Holman, clearance by Ben Davies.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan to the near post, clearance by Ashley Williams.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonathan de Guzman. Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman played to the near post, Ashley Williams takes a shot. Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Save by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is delivered by Nathan Dyer, blocked by Eric Lichaj.
The ball is delivered by Eric Lichaj, Shot on goal by Andreas Weimann from just inside the area goes over the target.
Ben Davies produces a cross.
The ball is swung over by Angel Rangel, Eric Lichaj makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonathan de Guzman.
Barry Bannan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Michu. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
Brett Holman sends in a cross, Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Alan Tate gets a block in.
Fresh faces to get their chance
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is ready to introduce his crop of unproven summer signings after insisting they have become battle-hardened in the lower leagues.
Lambert has included midfielder Ashley Westwood (Crewe), striker Jordan Bowery (Chesterfield) and defender Joe Bennett in the squad for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea.
The trio were signed during the final 48 hours of the recent transfer window and only Bennett has any top flight experience - just 45 minutes with Middlesbrough three years ago.
But Lambert adapted a similar policy with considerable success at previous club Norwich and has faith in the youngsters to make the step up at Villa.
He said: "The Premier League is unforgiving. The opportunity is there for them, now they have to go and do it.
"You have to have someone who has the belief in you to give you that opportunity.
"I was in the same boat myself as a player. I needed someone to give me an opportunity, and you will never know until you do that.
"I'm all for giving people opportunities to do the business."
Lambert did splash out #7million on Belgium international striker Christian Benteke, who is likely to line-up alongside Darren Bent.
Bent is regaining full sharpness after his long lay-off with ruptured ankle ligaments although he was excluded from the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine.
Lambert said: "I think Christian will be a handful, I watched him the other night for Belgium against Croatia and he was excellent, the way he played.
"He is only a young lad, he is only 21, but he will be a handful. Can he work with Bent? I've got my own ideas, we just hope they go and win us the game."
Benteke and Jordan Bowery, plus midfielder Ashley Westwood, are in contention to start. Defender Richard Dunne (groin) and winger Marc Albrighton (foot) are still ruled out although the latter will return to training next week.
Meanwhile, Alan Tate will reap the rewards of his personal off-season training regime when he starts for the Swans at Villa Park.
The 30-year-old former Manchester United defender has played in all four divisions for the Swans but he missed the majority of the club's first season in the Premier League after breaking his leg in a freak golf buggy accident just over a year ago.
Tate defied the odds to return to action with the first team in March, but was limited to four substitute appearances.
But, determined to try to force his way into Michael Laudrup's plans, while his team-mates took a break once the season ended, Tate knuckled down to getting himself back to full fitness, and his regime included training while on holiday in Greece.
And it will all have been worth it when he runs out at Villa Park to make a first Premier League start since the opening game of last term, as Chico Flores' suspension and Kyle Bartley's quad injury hand him the chance to stake a claim for a regular place.
He said: "It has been a long time but what happened in between was a freak accident and when I got back into training it took me a while to get anywhere near match fitness, but now I am.
"Pre-season helped, I went away at the end of the season and trained all the way through and it helped everything to heal.
"I went to the gym here everyday and trained every day on holiday and it's all you can do. I had a lot of time off during the season so I wanted to give myself the best chance of playing as many games as possible. If I start Saturday it will have been worth it.
"I have started this season on the bench after the manager brought in Chico, which I understand as I was not fit last season and he needed another option.
"But hopefully if I play well I expect to stay in the side like anybody else."
Neil Taylor is out for the season after breaking his ankle against Sunderland, while Chico Flores starts a three-match ban after his red card in that game. Kyle Bartley (ruptured quad) and Garry Monk (back) are also out.
Ben Davies and Tate are set to come into the back four with new arrival Dwight Tiendalli on the bench. Ki Sung-yueng and record signing Pablo Hernandez are also set to be named among the substitutes.
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