The third round of the FA Cup and Aston Villa are facing Ispwich at home. Aston Villa encountered a terrible festive season, gaining 1 point from a possible 12, while conceding a total of 17 goals in a span of 4 games and only scoring 2. Ispwich on the other hand, are improving under Mick McCarthy. They’ve recently got out of the relegation zone and may fancy having a go at Villa who are short of confidence.
Ispwich may feature new loan signing Kisnorbo from Leeds. Nigel Reo-Coker returns to his former club, Aston Villa who he played for from 2007-2011
Aston Villa Team News:
Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor resumed training on Friday and may be available for this match. N’Zogbia will be assessed ahead of the match but has also resumed training. Ashley Westwood is out with an ankle injury that was sustained from the 2-2 draw at Swansea. Baker, Vlaar and Dunne remain out.
Ispwich Team News:
Striker DJ Campbell returns from his loan at QPR, while loanees Stephen Henderson and Bradley Orr have been denied permission to play by their parent clubs.
Aston Villa Facts:
Since reaching the semi-finals in 2010, the Midland club have exited at a progressively earlier stage; fifth round in 2011 and fourth round last season.
This is the 55th meeting and their first in a decade. Aston Villa have won 22 of the previous 54, and Ipswich 19.
Ipswich are one of seven Championship clubs trying to eliminate Premier League opposition in the third round, but the Suffolk side have fallen at the first hurdle in five of the last eight years; including the most recent two.
This is the sixth successive away tie for the Tractor Boys; four of the previous five were lost
Aston Villa 3-1 Ispwich
Aston Villa need a major confidence boost and this is just the game. Ispwich need to focus on their Championship survival so I don’t think that the FA Cup is a priority to McCarthy
You can also predict the score, all you have to do is comment below what you think the outcome of the match will be and you’ll participate in the prediction table! 4 points for the correct score and 1 point for the correct result. Here is the top 5:
Graham hawkesford kiddy: 9