Wigan Athletic make the trip to Villa Park after four wins from four so far in 2017-18.
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ASTON VILLA v WIGAN ATHLETIC
CARABAO CUP 2nd ROUND
TUESDAY 22 AUGUST 2017
KICK OFF 7.45pm
PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
Paul Cook takes his Latics side to Aston Villa on the back of a 100% start to the season after four matches and has said that his players have nothing to fear.
Success in Sky Bet League One is obviously the priority this season – Aston Villa will also be focused on league form – but Cook has stated the importance of a cup run in terms of both ‘energising’ the club, but also in being able to use his squad to the full.
The manager made 11 changes for the visit of Blackpool in the previous round and he has openly stated there will be changes again, with opportunities for those players who haven’t been starting in the league.
The list could include Callum Elder who sat out the last game of his three-match suspension at Oldham, along with the likes of Will Grigg, Alex Gilbey, Ryan Colclough, David Perkins, Terell Thomas, Noel Hunt and Donervon Daniels, while there could be a debut for Jamie Jones in goal.
Cook also revealed in his pre-match press conference that Max Power would be included in the squad after his exclusion during the past weeks.
There will be a familiar face in the home dug-out of course, former Latics manager Steve Bruce easing any pressure on his own shoulders after a slow start to the season with a convincing victory at Villa Park over Norwich City on Saturday.
Bruce will have his own selection dilemmas because he will be mindful of the potential negativity surrounding a defeat at home to a team from the division below.
Steve Bruce – Familiar face
OUR RECORD AT VILLA PARK
Despite losing to Jack Grealish’s late wonder strike on our last trip here in the Sky Bet Championship last December, Latics' record at Villa Park is still very good, although our only ever visit there in this competition ended badly in September 1994, losing 5-0 when Villa were in the Premier League and Latics in the 4th tier.
In terms of overall games, however, Latics have played at Villa Park on ten previous occasions, winning four times, drawing three and losing on just the three occasions…
Who could ever forget Hugo Rodallega’s amazing opening goal in Roberto Martinez’s first competitive match in charge of Latics in August 2009?
Hugo Rodallega, Villa Park victor in 2009
PLAYED FOR BOTH CLUBS
Recent links include Stephen Warnock, Grant Holt was on loan at Villa in 2014 while Charles N’Zogbia and Emile Heskey left us for Villa on permanent deals in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
Comin the other way, Liam Ridgewell and Chris Herd was Villa loanees in 2015 while Premier League champion Mark Albrighton was with us in 2013.
Others to have played for both include, going back roughly chronologically, Scott Sinclair, Tom Cleverley, Scott Carson, Gareth Farrelly, Alan McGLoughlin, Lee Butler, Brendan Ormsby, Warren Aspinall and Bobby Campbell.
On the management side, there are some strong links too, of course, with Steve Bruce managing at both, while Bruce Rioch, John Deehan, Kenny Swain and Brian Tiler are all ex-Villa players to have sat in the Latics hot seat.
Charles N’Zogbia – his time at Latics was far more successful
AWAY FAN INFO
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FOR WIGAN ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS TRAVELLING TO ASTON VILLA, PLEASE BE REMINDED IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO USE PYROTECHNIC DEVICES. CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND BANNING ORDERS COULD RESULT IF ANYONE BREAKS THE LAW IN THIS WAY. PLEASE RESPECT THE LAW AND THE GOOD NAME OF WIGAN ATHLETIC.