Aston Villa have been drawn against Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup second round, as confirmed by the club.
The tie will be played on the week commencing 26th August:
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 13, 2019
With Crewe being in League Two, there is the temptation for Villa to play some of their squad players and youngsters, a prospect many of the club’s supporters are looking forward to seeing.
Villa have brought in 12 new players during the summer, as per the official Premier League website so there will be plenty of players in need of game time to help their integration.
In addition, there are players such as Keinan Davis who are unlikely to get much game time in the league so would benefit from getting some minutes under their belt.
While Dean Smith will be very wary of underestimating the opposition, this is a good opportunity to bring some of his squad members up to speed.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the draw, including posts from confident Aston Villa fans, can be seen below:
Perfect opportunity to get a look at some of our youngsters
What starting line up are the Villa Faithful going with
Got mine, but rarely a popular choice
— Claire ellis-m (@Claireellism2) August 14, 2019
He won’t play against a small club like yours
— doing a harry kane (@ElGhaziiii) August 13, 2019
Announce Cal O’hare start #avfc
— Sam George Ody (@samgeorgeody) August 13, 2019
— Jon Hayes (@jonboy_avfc) August 13, 2019
Should be a decent game. Gives us a nice opportunity to rotate and let a few people get a run out / get their confidence up. Not to be underestimated though.
— Phil Shepherd (@TheAsgardian) August 13, 2019
Be a good run out for players on the fringes.
— Big Bad Barry (@bazfitz1982) August 13, 2019
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