- Paul Lambert would no doubt have liked to field the same side that started at WBA at the weekend but will be without Nathan Baker through injury and Ashley Westwood who is cup-tied.
- Fabian Delph is also a doubt but should be in contention, though the game is likely to come too soon for Richard Dunne, so Eric Lichaj could start.
- Andi Weimann is back available following an illness, while Ireland and Bannan are likely to be in competition to start alongside Delph.
- Bradford have lost both of their games since their memorable first leg win at Valley Parade but should have striker James Hanson back available from a broken toe.
- With their game at the weekend cancelled, Phil Parkinson should have a fit squad to choose from, with Thompson, Darby and Atkinson all back in contention.
- New signing from Kilmarnock Michael Nelson will hope for a debut but the backline is likely to remain unchanged from the first leg.
- Phil Parkinson may have been pleased that the weekend's game with Port Vale was postponed as it should allow players to recover fitness fully, while Villa played the late kick-off in an intense derby with West Brom at the weekend so may not be as fresh.
- The visitors will look to contain the hosts, keep the ball when they have it and utilise set pieces as they did so effectively in the first leg, while Lambert needs to reduce a two-goal deficit so will need his side to start brightly.
- The Villa manager should, however, name a balanced line-up in the knowledge that, at home, they will still be favourites to qualify. This game is so finely poised and could well go all the way to extra time, with Bradford's penalty expertise potentially tested once again.
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