Probable Lineups

Missing Players

Aston Villa
Bolton
Player Reason Status
Carlos Cuellar Out
Eric Lichaj Out
Emile Heskey Out
Stephen Warnock Doubtful
Darren Bent Doubtful
Stiliyan Petrov Doubtful
Ciaran Clark Doubtful
Jermaine Jenas Doubtful
Player Reason Status
Tyrone Mears Out
Lee Chung-Yong Out
Sam Ricketts Out
Sean Davis Out
Marcos Alonso Out
Ivan Klasnic Out
Stuart Holden Doubtful
Ricardo Gardner Doubtful

Team News

Aston Villa
Bolton
  • The likes of Darren Bent (groin) and Stiliyan Petrov (ankle) were both withdrawn against Newcastle while Stephen Warnock played through the pain barrier with a hip injury so all are likely to be rested.
  • The trio join the likes of Carlos Cuellar, Eric Lichaj and Emile Heskey on the sidelines, while Ciaran Clark and Jermaine Jenas were both not fit enough to make the bench on the weekend, leaving Alex McLeish with an early season injury crisis.
  • The Scot is still likely to make some changes with fringe players such as Marc Albrighton and Stephen Ireland potentially in line for a start, while Chris Herd and Nathan Baker could come in for the senior full-backs.
  • Injuries may enforce the inclusion of the likes of Dunne and Collins at the back and in from Agbonlahor upfront, though Shay Given is likely to be rested in goal with Brad Guzan available.
  • Bolton will take 3 former Villa players to Villa Park and the likes of Zat Knight, Gary Cahill and Nigel Reo-Coker could all start, with the latter making his first appearance against the club since his summer departure.
  • Stuart Holden may well make his comeback after breaking his leg earlier in the year and his return will be a huge boost to Owen Coyle's side.
  • The likes of Mark Davies, Muamba and Pratley will all be vying for a central midfield berth with the aforementioned Reo-Coker and Holden.
  • Tuncay should move to his more natural position upfront due to suspension to striker Ivan Klasnic with Chris Eagles potentially returning on the right wing, with David N'Gog and Gael Kakuta also available in their respective positions.

Prediction

  • Villa's new manager Alex McLeish was the last to win the Carling cup, with fierce rivals Birmingham last season, and the Scot has already insisted his desire to retain the trophy.
  • Both managers will be keen to establish a Cup run with European qualification through a league finish now becoming out of reach. However, both sides are likely to make some changes, with the hosts perhaps enforced into more due to injuries and knocks from the weekend.
  • Villa could field a young side but left it late to progress against Hereford last time out and will face a significantly better side this time around, but Alex McLeish is one of only 4 Premier League managers boasting an unbeaten record this season, though his side have drawn 4 of their 5 matches.
  • WHOSCORED.COM Predicts: Draw 1-1 (Villa win in ET)
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User Predictions

Comments (2)

 
  • reckon villa will win this 3-1. mcleish will get them up for it

  • Come on Villa! Look out for Gary Gardner if he gets playing time. Fantastic prospect