Aston Villa will bid to take their impressive Premier League form into the Europa Conference League when they face AZ Alkmaar this evening.
But Villa have struggled considerably more on their travels, losing their only away European tie so far this season.
The west Midlanders fell to a 3-2 defeat to Legia Warszawa before getting back on track by beating Zrinjski Mostar.
That result meant that both the points and goal difference is level between all four teams in Group E.
And Villa will be desperate to put down a marker away at Alkmaar, who are just two points off Champions League outfit PSV at the top of the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar vs Aston Villa: How to follow
This Europa Conference League Group E clash will take place on Thursday, October 26.
Kick-off at the AFAS Stadion in the Netherlands is scheduled for 5:45pm.
The game will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 2 with coverage beginning at 5pm.
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AZ Alkmaar vs Aston Villa: Team news
AZ Alkmaar: Ryan, Sugawara, Bazoer, Penetra, Moller Wolfe, Clasie, De Wit, Mijnans, Sadiq, Van Brederode, Pavlidis.
Subs: Martins Indi, Dantas, Odgaard, Verhulst, Mihailovic, Van Bommel, Owusu-Oduro, Poku, Goudmijn, Kasius, Goes.
Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Carlos, Lenglet, Digne, Luiz, Kamara, Tielemans, Bailey, McGinn, Watkins.
Subs: Konsa, Traore, Torres, Chambers, Diaby, Zaniolo, Duran, Olsen, Dendoncker, Marschall.
AZ Alkmaar vs Aston Villa: What has been said?
Jamie Carragher has claimed that Emery is not an elite-level manager despite masterminding Villa’s stunning form.
Asked whether Villa would be able to maintain their form, Carragher told Sky Sports: “I mean maybe not.
“In terms of those numbers, when those numbers have been used over a long period of time they may even out.
“Since Unai Emery came in, they’ve outperformed themselves – and that might come from the manager and the belief he has given them. Ollie Watkins had a chance and missed and he said that would have affected him in the past, but then he finished late on. That is not just Ollie Watkins, that is also down to the manager.
“The one big thing that gives me belief that Aston Villa can stay in their position is Unai Emery. When you think of managers at the elite level, I think there are only two in the league in Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
“Then there’s managers that come behind who have had huge success, but maybe not any who have had the success that Unai Emery has had or the experiences of different jobs he has had. He’s had nine major trophies in his career – you think of managers in the Premier League who are doing great jobs, you think of Eddie Howe.”
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