With both West Midlands sides making almost complete changes to their squads from over the weekend, this Carabao Cup fixture was always going to be an interesting one.
Villa and Wolves face off in Wolverhampton a week from this coming Sunday in the Premier League, but tonight in the league cup, it was Villa at home and expecting a result.
Both sides were clearly going to attack from the opening whistle, and the best look initially came in the 10’ on a ball through the defense to Trezeguet, but his shot was immediately blocked out for a corner by a recovering defender.
In the 18’, Kienan Davis turned the defender and won a dangerous free kick, which Conor Hourihane smashed into the Wolves wall.
For the first shot on target of the game for either side in the 28’, Villa were the ones who took the chance as Anwar El Ghazi finished a nice ball through from Henri Lansbury, who got himself an assist and gave Villa the lead.
That Lansbury pass to El Ghazi to make it 1-0!! pic.twitter.com/E6A5o6l8qM— Kristoffer Freiding (@KristofferF) October 30, 2019
At halftime, 1-0 to Aston Villa.
Just after the break, Kienan Davis went down with what looked to be a muscular injury, and he was quite upset leaving the pitch. Jonathan Kodjia is back from injury and came on as a sub for the injured Davis in the 47th minute.
Wolves answered back in the 54’, as Patrick Cutrone stepped in front of Jed Steer and deflected a shot past the Villa keeper and into the net to level it at 1 apiece.
An immediate response from Aston Villa gave the lead back to the hosts. A second assist for Henri Lansbury, and a free kick whipped in was flicked in the net from Ahmed Elmohamady in the 57’. 2-1 to Villa
A big chance to respond right back again for Wolves, as Cutrone got on the end of an errant Villa pass but Jed Steer was up for the challenge and stood strong on the 1v1 to keep Villa ahead.
Henri Lansbury came off for John McGinn in the 80’, and Super John McGinn made an immediate impact. His shot on goal was deflected out for a corner, and then he shot the resulting corner high over the bar.
A handful of half chances for Villa in the final 10 minutes, and a big chance from Cutrone for Wolves in the dying moments saw the match end 2-1.
Aston Villa advance to the Quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup, victorious over West Midlands rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers. The sides face each other two match-days from now in the Premier League.
Elmohamady with the winner, and Villa with over 70% possession. Onto the next round.
Up the Villa Boys!