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League Cup

  • 30 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • County Ground, Swindon, Wiltshire
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 14434

Swindon Town - Aston Villa Preview: Lambert looking for Capital One Cup success to alleviate rising pressure

Swindon Town - Aston Villa Preview: Lambert looking for Capital One Cup success to alleviate rising pressure

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The Villans are sure to be tested by Paolo Di Canio's in-form League One outfit, who have disposed of Premier League opposition in the form of Stoke City so far in the competition



Thompson, Flint, Ward, McEveley
Ferry, Miller, McCormack, Ritchie

Benson, Collins


Lowton, Vlaar, Lichaj, Bennett
Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Ireland, N'Zogbia
Agbonlahor, Bent

Swindon could make several changes from the side that comprehensively defeated Stevenage 4-0 at the weekeend. Manager Paolo Di Canio has called this Capital One Cup clash the biggest in the club's history and rested the likes of Jay McEveley, James Collins, Simon Ferry and Gary Roberts, all of whom are pushing for recalls.

Visiting manager Paul Lambert could choose to field a line-up similar to the one that defeated Manchester City so impressively in the last round, though he will be without the services of Ciaran Clark (knee), Nathan Baker (ankle) and Richard Dunne (groin), while Stilyan Petrov remains out indefinitely as he continues his battle against acute leukaemia.

Elsewhere, Darren Bent may return to the starting line for the trip to the County Ground, despite Christian Benteke finding the net in the draw with Norwich City.

  • Swindon striker James Collins has only scored three goals for the Robins since his transfer from Shrewsbury this summer. All three of them came at the Britannia Stadium as Di Canio's men dumped Stoke out of the competition at the third-round stage.
  • Di Canio's men have been beaten only twice at home this season, both by a 1-0 scoreline to Colchester and Leyton Orient respectively.
  • Swindon's only cup success has come in this competition, with their 1969 Capital One Cup triumph over Arsenal.
  • Forward Andy Williams, who began his career at Aston Villa, is a youth player at the County Ground.
  • The Capital One Cup marks Aston Villa's last trophy success back in 1996.
  • Aston Villa's only away win this season under Paul Lambert has come in the Capital One Cup, away at Premier League champions Manchester City.

Players to watch

M. Ritchie

Position: Midfielder

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One of Paolo Di Canio's core players, Ritchie may not possess the blistering pace that could have seen him playing at a much higher level, but he has been in tremendous form both last season and this, where he already has five goals in 12 appearances. Could be key to any joy the Robins may have.

C. N'Zogbia

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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After a year of consistently poor performances since his big-money move from Wigan, N'Zogbia has since lost his place in the Villa starting line-up under Paul Lambert. However, the Frenchman did enjoy a productive and goal-scoring performance to help defeat Manchester City in the last round and could use the Capital One Cup as a springboard to kick-start his campaign.

Editor's Prediction

Di Canio's men may well be on top during parts of this encounter but surely Villa's Premier League class and pedigree will be enough to see them through to the next stage. Bent's potential return to the starting XI could be key.

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