Bolton take on the visitors Aston Villa in the 1/32-finals of English Football League Cup. The match will be played on Tuesday, August 23rd at University of Bolton Stadium (Bolton)
Aston Villa had a poor start to the season, losing in 2 of their first 3 Premier League matches and losing defender Carlos, bought in the summer, due to injury. Until now, the team has never been able to keep a clean sheet, in 2 out of 3 matches it has conceded more than a goal, in the only one without Carlos so far - 3. They allow 13 shots on goal per match, even Leicester and Southampton are teams with unreliable defensive lines, don't let them bother their goalkeeper so often. But Villa has not yet played with the tops: 2 out of 3 teams that caused problems for Villans will be among the worst in the championship at the end of the season.
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Last season, Bolton scored 74 goals in the FA First League, an indicator of the level of teams that eventually went to the Championship. In 4 matches between EFL Cup and FA Cup last year, they did not concede even once in the first 90 minutes – they were knocked out only because of conceded in the OT and on penalties.
Bolton uses, if not main clip, then close to the main team, because clubs from the Champinship and below traditionally honor the English cups, and the match is home - the coach should put up the best at least for the sake of the fans at the stadium who will come to cheer for the team. Gerrard certainly does not have a goal to win the EFL Cup this season, his main goals are winning in the league. He will give time to substitutes in the cup match. The Villans have a limited squad and a short bench: in the first 3 rounds of the championship, their coach only used 5 substitutions once, and made 8 out of 12 changes after 70 minutes. His back-up player will struggle even against Bolton.
Prediction for the match: Bolton to score over 0.5 goals.