Under normal circumstances Aston Villa would probably field a significantly under-strength team in the third round of the Capital One Cup but several factors might persuade Tim Sherwood to select plenty of first team regulars.
Firstly, the Villans come up against arch-rivals Birmingham and derby defeats, even in the League Cup, go down very badly indeed, Villa’s Premier League form is also pretty dire at present and Sherwood desperately needs a pick-me-up to boost confidence in his squad.
Home advantage ensures they’re BetVictor’s 11/10 favourites to overcome their neighbours in normal time while the Blues are 10/3 (Coral) to turn up the heat on the hosts and it’s 27/10 via BetVictor for the contest to require extra-time.
Villa required an extra half an hour to see off League Two Notts County in the last round and City can make life equally uncomfortable for Sherwood’s team. They’re 7/2 courtesy of bet365 to hold their rivals to a score draw after 90 minutes and Hills rate a 1-1 scoreline at 13/2.
Score draw – 7/2 (bet365)