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In for a tough debut
There's going to be some incredibly interesting battles on the pitch on Saturday.
The first battle pits new signees against one another. Royston Drenthe, arriving on a season long loan deal from Real Madrid on deadline day, will be pitted against new Aston Villa acquisition Alan Hutton. Both will be eager to impress on their debuts and it will be an intriguing battle.
Drenthe is known for his trickery and speed on the left wing and having watched Alan Hutton in action for Scotland this week, I'd say Drenthe is the favourite to prosper. There are concerns amongst many Villa fans about Hutton's defending and if there was ever a baptism by fire, this was it.
With Baines also on that left side, it will be up the Aston Villa right winger—be it Marc Albrighton, Charles N'Zogbia or whoever else—to take their defensive responsibilities seriously and track back to help.
The post-match heat map will be glowing red down that side of the pitch.