Luton Town v Aston Villa

9 Aug

Christian Benteke is tackled by Steve McNulty on Villa's last visit to Kenilworth Road in a pre-season friendly in July 2013

Aston Villa last visited Kenilworth Road in a pre-season friendly in July 2013

BBC coverage

How to follow:
Commentary on BBC WM; report on BBC Sport website

Five-time League Cup winners Aston Villa make a first appearance in the first round in 44 years against League Two side Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters are in buoyant mood after starting the new season on Saturday with a 3-0 win at last term’s League Two play-off finalists Plymouth Argyle.

Luton are without defender Dan Potts, who was sent off late on at Home Park.

Villa boss Roberto di Matteo will make alterations following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

“Over the year, because of so many games, you need a squad and we will need to utilise that squad, so there’s going to be a few changes,” Di Matteo told BBC WM.

“It’s a typical cup game. If you win, you’ve done your job and we’re looking to get our first win under our belt,”

Match facts

  • Aston Villa will be making their first competitive visit to Kenilworth Road since April 1992, when they lost 2-0 in a top-flight fixture.
  • Since winning 1-0 there in the League Cup in September 1964, Kenilworth Road has proved one of Villa’s least happy hunting grounds, having won just once -and lost eight times – in 11 visits.
  • The two teams last met at Villa Park in a League Cup tie in October 2002 when Dion Dublin (2) and Ulises De La Cruz scored in a 3-0 win.
  • Villa’s last appearance in the League Cup first round was on 16 August 1972, when they beat Hereford United, who were then Football League new boys after their famous FA Cup win over Newcastle earlier that same year.
  • Villa’s record of five League Cup wins – matched by Chelsea – is bettered only by Liverpool – eight-times winners – in the 56-year history of the competition.
  • Luton won the League Cup in 1988, beating holders Arsenal 3-2 in the final. They too were beaten finalists a year later, losing 3-1 to Forest.


No comments yet

Leave a Reply