Aston Villa kick-off their League Cup campaign with a home game against Rotherham. Aston Villa suffered an embarrassing elimination last season losing to Bradford City in the semi-final of the League Cup. This year, Lambert believes that the team is much stronger. Rotherham have been promoted to this season’s League 1 and they haven’t been doing so poorly, they’re currently undefeated in their league!
I expect Paul Lambert to make a host of changes for this game, and the starting 11 may host one or two players from our youth academy. I’m also fairly confident that our new signings will be given more game time, expect second keeper Steer to start as well.
Aston Villa will be without Baker and Luna is a doubt for this game. N’Zogbia is still out injured.
Rotherham will be without suspended forward Daniel Nardiello. Winger David Worrall remains a doubt.
Aston Villa reached the quarter-finals in the 2011 season and the semi-finals in 2013.
Aston Villa 2-0 Rotherham
I’ve probably got the starting 11 completely wrong, but I truly expect Lambert to rest a few of our players. The same starting 11 played 3 games in one week! Still, I’m excited to see more of our youth and new signings and perhaps someone can push into our starting 11. I think Rotherham will give it a go, there a good League 1 side but I have a feeling Aston Villa and Paul Lambert will want the team to have a successful League Cup campaign, in order to forget the dismal one last season.