Hungry for a win! - Stu Forster
Lineups are out for the first leg of Aston Villa’s League Cup semifinal against Bradford City at Valley Parade. Come chat about the game in the open thread.
Bradford City Starting XI: Darby, Hanson, Duke, Atkinson, McHugh, Jones, Hines, Wells, McArdle, Doyle, Good
Bradford City Bench: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, Jones, Hannah, Connell, Turgott
Aston Villa Starting XI: Shay Given, Joe Bennett, Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Barry Bannan, Fabian Delph, Andreas Weimann, Charles N'Zogbia, Gabby Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke
Aston Villa Bench: Brad Guzan, Stephen Ireland, Darren Bent, Eric Lichaj, Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers, Graham Burke
That is a pretty seriously attacking lineup for Villa, suggesting to me that Paul Lambert is looking to put the tie to bed as early as possible. It's not a bad decision in my eyes, because the longer Bradford hangs around the more confident they're likely to become. I'd really prefer the return leg to be one big party as opposed to 90 minutes of torture, so here's to hoping the Villa boys can take care of things today and give themselves a nice cushion. Because while I'm fairly confident now, if things are still level at this time next week that's not going to be the case.