Match Preview: Aston Villa v Leyton Orient – League Cup R2

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Both Leyton Orient and Aston Villa go into the game off the back of goalless draws. Villa will be hoping to rest some players while avoiding an upset. Meanwhile the O’s will be hoping to claim a top-flight scalp.Here we preview Wednesday night’s league cup game:

[textmarker color=”660000″ type=”background color”]Aston Villa[/textmarker]

Last Season

Top scorer: Christian Benteke 11  Premier League: 15th  FA Cup: 3rd round League Cup: 3rd round Cards: 82 Yellow 0 Red

2013/14 was a disappointing campaign for a club of Aston Villa’s stature. They finished the season in 15th place on 38 points, just five points above the relegation zone. Paul Lambert’s side were impressive against the sides that finished in the top four, beating Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea as well as drawing with Liverpool. However their home form continued to be a problem as they lost 10 of their 19 games at Villa Park. Only relegated Cardiff and Fulham conceded more goals at home last term.

Villa defeated their League One opponents Rotherham by three goals to nil at Villa Park in the second round last year. However, they went out in the third round, losing 4-0 against Tottenham in front of their own fans.

Transfers

[tabs title1=”IN” text1=”Carlos Sanchez (Elche, Undisclosed), Joe Cole (West Ham United), Aly Cissokho (Valencia, Undisclosed), Tom Leggett, Isaac Nehemie (Both Southampton, Undisclosed), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham).” tabs title2=”OUT” text2=”Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United, £250,000), Samir Carruthers (MK Dons, Undisclosed), Marc Albrighton (Leicester City), Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, Loan), Yacouba Sylla (Erciyesspor, Loan), Jed Steer (Doncaster Rovers, Loan), Antonio Luna (Verona, Loan), Daniel Johnson (Chesterfield, Loan), Aleksander Tonev (Celtic, Loan), Janoi Donacien (Tranmere, Loan), Joe Bennett (Brighton, Loan), Gary Gardner (Brighton & Hove Albion, Loan). Aidan Grant, Andras Stieber.” ]

 

This Season

Aston Villa kicked off their 2014/15 Premier League campaign with an away win against Stoke City. Andreas Weimann scored the only goal of the games shortly after half-time to give Villa a perfect start.

Newcastle made the trip to Villa Park for the Saturday lunchtime kick off. Paul Lambert side managed to secure their second consecutive clean sheet, but they couldn’t make the breakthrough at the other end.

Last lineup:

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Hutton   Senderos   Vlaar   Cissokho

Richardson   Westwood   Delph

N’Zogbia   Agbonlahor   Weimann

Subs: Given, Cole, Bent (Richardson 76′), Baker (Cissokho 82′) , Sanchez (N’Zogbia 63′), Bacuna, Grealish

Team News

Paul Lambert could be without defensive duo Ron Vlaar and Aly Cissokho as they host the O’s. Vlaar suffered a knee problem in the match against Newcastle on Saturday and he could be rested for the League Cup clash. Cissokho also picked up an injury in the last game, and his ankle injury could keep him out of  Wednesday’s game.

Villa are certain to be without Christian Beneteke and Libor Kozak, who are currently on the sidelines due to an Achilles problem and a broken leg respectively.

Lambert may rotate his squad for the League Cup tie. Joe Cole could be handed his debut, while Shay Given could play for Aston Villa for the first time since the FA Cup match against Millwall in January 2013.

Villa youngster Jack Grealish could make his first start for the club against Orient. The winger spent most of last season on loan at Notts County and played in both League One games against the O’s, impressing in the game at Brisbane Road despite his side’s 5-1 defeat. At the end of the season he made his Villa debut as a substitute against Man City and he featured again on the opening day of the season against Stoke.

 

[textmarker color=”DE0000″ type=”background color”]Leyton Orient[/textmarker]

Last time out Leyton Orient played out their second consecutive goalless draw. The O’s hosted Walsall and although they looked bright in spells, they struggled to create clear cut chances. Walsall could have snatched all three points when Adam Legzdins was caught out by Anthony Forde.

The O’s are now unbeaten in their last four games and Russell Slade’s side can take some confidence from back-to-back clean sheets. The Orient boss will now be keen to get his strikers firing.

Last season the O’s made it to the second round of the League Cup by beating Coventry 3-2 at Brisbane Road thanks to a Dean Cox goal and a Kevin Lisbie brace. They then hosted Hull City in the second round and they held the Premier League side at 0-0 until Robbie Brady broke the deadlock in extra-time.

Team News

On Saturday Chris Dagnall saw his first action of the season after missing the start of the campaign due to an ankle injury that he sustained in pre-season. The striker came off the bench against Walsall with eight minutes left.

However the O’s will be without Kevin Lisbie after the experienced striker suffered a shoulder injury in the game against Bristol City last week. Lisbie missed the match against Walsall and it looks like he will have a spell on the sidelines.

Shaun Batt is unlikely to feature as he has been out of action since picking up a calf injury in the first round of the League Cup, however he is thought to be approaching a return to action.

Russell Slade has suggested that he will rotate his squad. He stated:

[blocktext align=”center”]”We might have to rotate the squad but this time around I’ve got a good group of 20. They will all get pitch time as the season progresses. We’ll have to have a look at how we’ve come out of Saturday’s game and look at the situation for Wednesday.[/blocktext]

He is likely to be tempted to keep the same back four that has kept clean sheets against Walsall and Bristol City, though Shane Lowry could come in against his old club. Gary Woods was given an opportunity in the last round and his penalty saves were crucial, however the O’s boss may wish to stick with Legzdins.

Jobi McAnuff started on the right flank on Saturday, but Bradley Pritchard could provide a more defensive alternative. Jay Simpson will also be in contention for a starting spot.

It will also be interesting to see whether Russell Slade will pack the midfield against strong opposition, or whether he will continue with his 4-4-2 formation.

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Ex Villans

Shane Lowry moved to England as a 16 year-old to join Aston Villa in 2005. The defender spent seven years at Villa Park, making three senior appearances.

 

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The O’s have played Aston Villa on twelve occasions, but they have only won twice, with the Villa winning six of those meetings.

They have never been drawn together in the League Cup before, but they did meet in the fourth round of the 1928/29 FA Cup. On the 26th January 1929 Orient and Villa played out a goalless draw, forcing a replay. Four days later the O’s suffered a crushing 8-0 defeat, the heaviest defeat in the club’s history.

The two teams haven’t played each other in 40 years. Their last encounter was in the old English Division two, with the O’s claiming a 1-0 win at Brisbane Road. Orient’s last trip to Villa Park ended in a 3-1 home win during that 1974/75 season.

Orient have never claimed an away win over Aston Villa in their six attempts.

 

[textmarker color=”000000″ type=”background color”]Match Officials[/textmarker]

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Assistants: Karl Evans and Paul Hodskinson

Fourth Official: Andy Davies

 

Tickets are available from Villa Park on the evening of the game. You can find ticket information here and travel information here.

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