Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Bristol City and Aston Villa take on each other at Ashton Gate Stadium in what is expected to be a very entertaining encounter. A place in the EFL Cup last 16 is at stake, and, no doubt, there will be fireworks when the two teams go head to head on Thursday evening. Bristol City have been producing fine displays at the start of the season, and seeing that they have been impressive in front of goal, we are positive that they are going to find the net in the Ashton Gate Stadium clash.
The Villans, on the other hand, kicked off the new Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Sheffield United, and given their display in the 3-1 win over Burton, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. The likes of Baker, Maenpaa, Walsh and Williams are injured for the hosts, while Engels, Heaton, and Wesley are out of contention for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Chris Martin):
Chris Martin is a powerful striker who was eligible to play for either England or Scotland national team. His father was born in Glasgow, but Martin played four games for England U19 team. However, in May 2014 he was called in the senior Scotland squad and he made his debut in a 2-2 draw with Nigeria.
Chris Martin netted his first goal for the Scotland national team in a 6-0 win over Gibraltar in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. The 185-cm-tall attacker plays for Derby County, but he began his senior career at Norwich City. He played 102 league games for the Canaries and he scored 25 goals for the club during his seven-year spell at Carrow Road. It has to be noted that he played for the likes of Luton Town, Crystal Palace, Swindon Town on loan before joining Derby County in 2013.
Martin is well known for his brilliant aerial skills and he often scores headers. The Scottish footballer scored 14 goals for the Rams in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa is one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946.
Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well.
The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.