Aston Villa start their second competitive game of the season in the Carabao (EFL, League, Milk, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Littlewoods) Cup tonight as they head down to Colchester to face a League Two team away from home. For the second year running.
It didn’t work out so well last time, as an almost full-strength Villa team were trounced three goals to one by Luton. Alex had this to say about that match last season:
‘There’s no remedy for a bounce-back win quite like a League Two side in the EFL Cup, right?’
That applies today - Villa need to gel and learn how to put the ball in the net. Expect a strong team with a few changes. A win is good, a loss is not - right?
The trophy has took a few hits in prestige over the years, but it’s one Villa have history in. Let’s win the bastard. Or at least not go out in the first round.
Location: Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester, England
Kick-off time: 7.45 PM UK, 2.45 PM Eastern, 11.45 AM Pacific
Available US/UK streaming: SKY GO in the UK, WATCHESPN in the USA. AVTV coverage starts from untelevised games.
Available radio: BBC WM 95.6 FM (not online), AVTV (If audio doesn’t work, try using Safari).
Other listings are available from livesoccertv.com.
Aston Villa squad
Colchester United squad
#ColU starting XI for today's game: Walker, Kent, James, Kpekawa, Jackson, Murray, Lapslie, Reid, Mandron, Wright, Szmodics (three changes)— Colchester United FC (@ColU_Official) August 9, 2017
#ColU subs: Gilmartin, Kinsella, Vincent-Young, O'Sullivan, Slater, Johnstone, Issa— Colchester United FC (@ColU_Official) August 9, 2017