Luton v Aston Villa – Kenilworth Road at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1
Aston Villa will be looking to avoid an upset when they travel to Luton on Wednesday evening as they kick off their Football League Cup campaign. Although this competition won’t be a priority for Roberto Di Matteo, the Italian will not want to get knocked out by a League Two side.
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Aston Villa were relegated from the Premier League after an abysmal 2015/16 season and winning promotion back to the top flight is therefore Matteo’s target this campaign.
However, Villa didn’t get off to the best of starts in their first Championship game on Sunday and lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, courtesy of a late Fernando Forestieri goal.
Even though the Cup is not a ‘priority’, Roberto Di Matteo will be keen to build his players with confidence and get the fans on side as soon as possible and therefore a win against Luton has become increasingly important.
Villa haven’t won an away game for more than a year and despite things not going their way last weekend, there were some positives to be taken from the match and had new signing Ross McCormack put away an excellent opportunity, the result may well have been different.
In addition, changes to the squad can be made, with the likes of Micah Richards, Aaron Tshibola and Jack Grealish all starting on the bench last weekend.
As for their opponents Luton, they’ll be looking to cause an upset and they’ll believe they can do so against a Villa side that still seem to be lacking confidence after months of enduring a losing mentality.
Last weekend the League Two side beat Plymouth 3-0 and as far as this Cup competition goes, it isn’t unusual for Luton to dig deep and put in a good performance.
Last season, the Hatters beat Championship side Bristol City (3-1) and forced their next round tie against Premier League side Stoke City all the way to a penalty shoot-out, after the match finished 1-1 in normal time. Don’t be surprised if they make life tough for the visitors!
On paper Aston Villa should win this tie easily and surely their losing streak can’t go on forever? I think this is a real chance for Villa to get their first competitive win of the season under their belt and I don’t think they will let the opportunity pass them and as a result, I recommend backing Aston Villa -0.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Aston Villa -0.5 @ 2.00 with Bet365
Prices correct at time of writing.