May 18, 2024

Aston Villa are back in Premier League action on Sunday and pundit Paul Merson has predicted Unai Emery’s side to come out on top.

Villa face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the 2pm kick-off, as they look to strengthen their position in the top five. A 3-1 victory over Luton Town ensured Villa kept their place in fifth.

They are clear of sixth-placed Newcastle United by five points. As for the hosts, meanwhile, they sit just five points from the bottom three after being winless in their last six.

“As I said last week, Douglas Luiz is the most underrated midfielder in the Premier League currently. The lad can do it all and shows up every week; it’s not hard to see why Arsenal wanted him earlier this year.

“Emery was bang unlucky at Arsenal and fell behind the eight ball quickly, but he’s come into this Villa side and transformed them in a year. Villa have a good run of games coming up, so I expect them to be close to the top four for a while.”

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