Aston Villa v Brighton takes place on Thursday at 1pm (UK time).
These two faced off in their last Premier League match before the World Cup break, with Villa winning 2-1. But this will be a different landscape as both sides look to get match fitness in Dubai.
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Aston Villa team news
Aston Villa still have Emiliano Martinez at the World Cup with the goalkeeper looking to carry Argentina to the semi-finals when they face Netherlands on Friday night. Matty Cash and Leander Dendoncker have been knocked out with Poland and Belgium respectively but they aren’t expected to return just yet, given an extended break.
Philippe Coutinho has returned to training after a thigh injury but Thursday is likely to be too soon for game time, with the Brazilian prioritising competitive football with the Premier League.
Brighton team news
Brighton also have a player in the Argentina squad with Alexis Mac Allister currently preparing to face Netherlands. Kaoru Mitoma and Robert Sanchez will almost definitely miss out after their recent World Cup exits with Japan and Spain respectively.
The Seagulls also had Leandro Trossard, Tariq Lamptey, Moises Caicedo, Pervis Estupinan and Jeremy Sarmiento at the World Cup, exiting at the group stage, but Thursday may come too soon for them to be involved.
Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton
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