Both sides will most like see this game as a distraction from the Premier League. Both Villa and Brighton’s priorities will be survival this year so no doubt you will see just how important they see it by the sides that are selected.

Villa hasn’t won the League Cup since 1996 and like most football fans, Villa fans would quite enjoy a cup run with a possible trip to Wembley at the end of it. Dean Smiths men disposed of Crewe in round two with ease but regardless of the side Brighton put out, it will no doubt be a much harder fixture.

Brighton has never won the League Cup in their history. In fact, the closest they have come is in 1978 when they reached the Quarter-final. Since they got promoted to the Premier League in 2017, they have failed to get past round three. Graham Potters men beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 in the second round.


Chester is close to a return but Brighton has come to soonVilla will still be without Jonathan Kodjia who has a fracture to his cheekbone. Otherwise, Smith will have a fully fit squad to choose from. James Chester is unlikely to feature after playing 60 minutes in the U23’s 4-1 win over Manchester United on Monday night.

I fully expect rotation from Smith with the likes of Kortney Hause, Matt Targett and Ezri Konza all getting a start.

Injuries are beginning to build up for Brighton. Jose Izquierdo, Leandro Trossard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh have all been ruled out.

While there are doubts over the fitness of Neal Maupay and Solly March.



Kick-off: 19.45
Referee: Graham Scott
Tickets: Very limited. Phone the ticket office before travelling.
Stadium Guide: Amex Stadium


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