Changed Villans should do just enough at Yeovil
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce gets a dose of deja vu
EFL Cup first round
Sky Sports Football, 7.45pm Tuesday
Twelve months ago Steve Bruce took his Aston Villa side to Sky Bet League Two opponents for a televised cup tie and just about came away with victory.
A year later and Bruce's Villans are taken to do so again.
This time last year the Championship powers were drawn at Colchester in round one of the League Cup. The former Manchester United skipper made plenty of changes and saw his side scrap their way to a 2-1 win.
Now Villa are off to Yeovil and he knows full well that Darren Way’s men will be right up for the challenge in front of the Sky cameras.
Bruce will make changes so early in the season and after two hard-fought league wins against Hull and Wigan which may well narrow the advantage they hold.
Villa won by a single goal at Colchester and they could well settle for the same at Huish Park.
Yeovil are on a run of no wins in ten although their run-in last season was brutal against seven of the top-eight sides in their last eight matches. This season they lost 1-0 at Bury and finished with nine men and then held a decent Mansfield side to a 2-2 draw.
The Glovers have got a bit of class in their side – right-back Tom James was the subject of a £400,000 bid from West Brom – and this is their cup final.
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Winger Jordan Green is suspended but Tom James is available after a ban. Stuart Nelson, Rhys Browne, Jake Gray and James Bailey are out. Skipper Francois Zoko is a doubt.
Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis are still struggling. Mile Jedinak has recovered from illness. Steve Bruce will rest players.
Aston Villa have won eight of their last 13 away matches.
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