ASTON VILLA vs Wolves – Preview

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Aston Villa will welcome Wolves to Villa Park as the two meet in the last 16 of the League Cup at Villa Park. It will be interesting to see how both sides approach this game with the League being their priority. Will either rotate their first team or will they put a full-strength side out due to it being a derby?

Villa have failed to win the League Cup since 1996 so I am sure the Villa fans would enjoy a cup run and another potential trip to Wembley. Villa disposed of both Crewe and Brighton earlier in the competition but Wolves will be a much more difficult test.

Wolves have won the League Cup on two occasions in their history with the last one coming in 1980. Due to their involvement in Europe, Wolves only entered the competition in round three. They drew 1-1 with Reading but won 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the last sixteen.

I have spoken with both Villa and Wolves fans in the build-up to this game and both have stated they would take a defeat should they manage all three points in the Premier League fixture in a few weeks.

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa are likely to rest Jack Grealish who picked up a knock in the 3-0 defeat to Man City on Saturday. Jota is still a few weeks away after an operation on his hernia while James Chester has stepped up his recovery but it is thought this game will come too soon for the Welsh man.

Jonathan Kodjia could feature with a mask following his cheekbone injury.

Wolves will be without Willy Boly who broke his ankle in training last week. Ryan Bennett is also unavailable with a groin problem but forward Petro Neto is available after recovering from a heel injury.

HEAD TO HEAD

OTHER INFORMATION

Kick-off: 19.45
Tickets: Sold out
Matchday Guide: avfc.co.uk

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