Orjan Nyland carried Oliver Norwood's free-kick into his own net but goal-line technology failed to spot it had gone in, meaning referee Michael Oliver did not receive the usual signal on his watch. It helped Villa survive last term and, after his father Ron passed away in May, Smith wondered if he had helped. Emiliano Martinez will make his debut in goal after joining from Arsenal, with Tom Heaton still out with a knee injury. Heaton is not due to return for another month and Smith explained why he felt Villa needed to sign the £20million Martinez.
Mikel Arteta's side breezed past Newcastle 3-0 on Monday at the Emirates Stadium and are now in the top half of the standings.
The Argentine is currently in isolation and will have to complete a negative coronavirus test before Wednesday in order to feature