Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
19:45 – Tuesday 19th September 2017
Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa will welcome Championship rivals Middlesbrough to Villa Park for the second time in seven days as they meet in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The two sides met last week in a game that ended in a goalless draw that saw both sides finish with 10 men.
Some would argue that neither side sees the Carabao Cup as a priority this season with both seeking promotion back to the Premiership.
Steve Bruce’s men are currently on a six-game unbeaten run (W 3, D 3) while Gary Monk’s side are undefeated in five (W 3, D2)
Aston Villa is expected to make wholesale changes like they have done so far in the competition. Keinan Davis is expected to be fit after being substituted in the 3-0 victory over Barnsley but he will most likely be rested.
Bruce has made a point that he left players at home when they traveled to Barnsley the weekend highlighting the size of the squad at his disposal so some of those players are expected to feature.
Gabby Agbonlahor, Micah Richards, Ritchie De Laet, Ross McCormack and Tommy Elphick could all return. Jed Steer will most likely replace Sam Johnstone.
Middlesbrough will be without midfielder Adam Clayton and Adama Traore who are both serving suspensions.
Martin Braithwaite will be hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury but former Villa striker Rudy Gestede is still out with a thigh problem.
- Aston Villa has won their last four meetings in the League Cup against Middlesbrough.
- Middlesbrough has only made it to the fourth round twice in the last eleven seasons.
- Aston Villa has only failed to win 3 of their last fourteen League Cup home fixtures.
There are still plenty of tickets available priced at£15 for adults, £10 for concessions & £5 for Under 16s.
LIVE MATCH CHAT
Can’t make the game? Well, why not discuss the game on our Aston Villa forums with fellow Villa supporters.