Carabao cup night and it Burton in the cup which has lost its prestige. For Villa, it only serves to give our fringe players game time. Honestly how many clubs take this competition seriously. I’m not just talking about the PL clubs in Europe. That’s understandable. But what about the rest of the clubs in the football league. I guess with so much being at stake with the money in the game now. The carabao cup which it is now called is low down on priorities. That’s why it’s no longer taken seriously. How can managers be expected to risk their best players? Who could then get injured and ruin their clubs season? They’re damned if they do or don’t.
You can argue players can get injured in any game. It’s a valid point. But personally, I would rather they get injured in a league game. Then in a cup were unlikely to win. At least while we’re in this awful league. What do Villa fans want most? Wembley trip and cup win or promotion ?.
Whats fans priority
I believe fans want that trip to Wembley & silverware every season. The chances are for a Villa fan anyway. Were more likely to get that via the playoffs. So why are we so upset with our performance against Yeovil ?. Was it the sheer embarrassment of nearly going out to little old Yeovil. Or the fact our dream was almost over before they began.
From being called the League cup for 22 years. Sponsorship arrived. Since then it changed names numerous times. From the Milk Cup, Littlewoods challenge cup. Rumbelows Cup, Coca Cola Cup. To the Worthington cup, Carling cup, Capital one cup, EFL cup, and its latest sponsor the Carabao cup. I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me, it has lost its appeal.
Of course, I want Villa to win tonight. But if we don’t. Will I be upset ? “yes”. I hate losing. But at the same time, I do see it as a distraction. One thing I am sure of thou. I will get over us getting knocked out the Carabao cup a lot faster than us failing to win promotion.
Aston Villa has faced Burton four times previously. All in the Championship. With Villa winning three of the four games. The other ending 1-1.
Aston Villa has progressed from five of their last six League Cup ties against sides from a lower division. The exception was their 3-1 defeat in the first round in 2016-17 away at Luton Town.
Steve Bruce has won six of his previous seven managerial encounters with Nigel Clough (D1)