15 September 2020 20:41
Having been without a Premier League fixture on the season's opening weekend, Villa finally get their 2020/21 campaign under way in rather unorthodox fashion with a second-round tie away to the League One Brewers. Watkins, who joined last week in a £28million deal from Brentford, made his first appearance in a Villa shirt last weekend, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 friendly win over Manchester United. Smith fielded a strong XI against the Red Devils and with the Premier League opener against Sheffield United just six days away, the team at the Pirelli Stadium is likely to see several changes. Yet Watkins played only sparingly for Brentford during pre-season and is likely to feature at some stage, while Smith is expected to name a particularly strong bench. Villa were runners-up in last season's competition and the head coach is keen on another decent run.
"We got to the final last season and were beaten narrowly by Manchester City. "It is an important game because we want a positive start and a good performance to take into the Sheffield United. Tonight's match is the fourth time in five seasons Villa have visited the Pirelli Stadium and the second successive trip for a second-round Carabao Cup tie. The previous encounter two years ago was a night to forget for Steve Bruce, with the 1-0 defeat prompting the first outpouring of supporter dissent toward the then Villa manager, who less than six weeks later was out of a job. Liam Boyce scored the only goal of the tie for Burton while Albert Adomah missed a last-minute penalty for Villa.
Most Premier League teams have entered the competition at this stage, and many will have their eyes fixed on the prize from an early stage. Villa reached the final of the competition last season but were defeated 2-1 at the hands of Manchester City in the showpiece game at Wembley – one of the last full-capacity events before lockdown. Burton lost their first competitive game in six months 2-1 against Fleetwood as League One finally returned last weekend. RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about how to watch Burton v Aston Villa on TV and online. When is Burton v Aston Villa on TV?
You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 7:30pm. You can add the Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football channels for just £18 per month combined or pick up the complete sports package for just £23 per month. How to live stream Burton v Aston Villa online You can watch the match with a Sky Sports day pass for £9.99 or a month pass for £33.99 without signing up to a contract. Existing Sky Sports customers can live stream the game via the Sky Go app on a variety of devices. Burton v Aston Villa odds In working partnership with Radio Times, bet365 has provided the following betting odds for this event: bet365 odds: Burton (11/2) Draw (10/3) Aston Villa (1/2)* For all the latest Premier League odds and more, visit bet365 today and claim an opening account offer of 'Up to £100 in Bet Credits**', utilising the bonus code 'RT365'. Burton v Aston Villa team news Burton: John-Joe O'Toole is the only confirmed absentee after being sent off in the season opener at the weekend. Aston Villa: No issues other than long-term absentees Wesley and Tom Heaton. Smith could be tempted to field a strong XI given their next game isn't until next Monday. For that reason, Villa boss Dean Smith may be keen to give some of his first-team stars a chance to build their sharpness as opposed to resting them. Burton are a solid League One unit, but there are fears for the club's future on the field as cost-cutting measures led to Clough's departure. Our prediction: Burton 1-3 Aston Villa (Aston Villa to win 3-1: 12/1 at bet365) Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. For the full breakdown of what games are coming up check out our Premier League fixtures on TV guide. Restore your password Restore Aston Villa faces Burton Albion in an English League Cup match at Pirelli Stadium in Burton, England, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 (9/15/20). What: English Premier League Aston Villa Much to the Premier League's dismay, the new season will start on Saturday just as the last one finished only 48 days earlier — in empty stadiums. The world's richest football league on Friday intensified its lobbying of the government to allow supporters back into games, even as England grapples with a sharp spike in coronavirus cases. The league wrote to the government on the eve of the season "to express its concern at the decisions taken to restrict, and potentially delay, the planned program for the return of fans to football stadiums." Authorities in the area covering the second city of Birmingham — and the homes of Premier League clubs Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion — are even asking different households to stop mixing completely. Even as England records daily increases in COVID-19 cases of nearly 3,000, the Premier League believes it is safe enough to allow thousands of fans into games for test events. Clubs are allowed to run pilot events with a maximum 1,000 fans, but the league believes that the crowd would not be large enough to sufficiently test procedures and would be heavily loss-making. The league is hoping the financial argument will sway a government dealing with the country's deepest recession that was caused by going into a lockdown in March, when its biggest sports competition shut down for 100 days. The Premier League managed to complete its season in July to fulfill broadcast contracts, but clubs across the four professional leagues are desperate for the return of packed stadiums. "For each month of the season without fans, more than 100 million pounds ($128 million) is lost to football across the leagues, with consequent damage to the local and national economy," the Premier League said. Such concerns about a collapse in matchday revenue can explain why Liverpool opens its title defense on Saturday with American owner John Henry authorizing no signings beyond a backup left back. City has an extra week's rest after reaching the Champions League quarterfinals, so Pep Guardiola's side doesn't start until Sept. Alan Hutton believes Dean Smith will hand both Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash their debuts for Aston Villa against Burton Albion. Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland star suggests that his old boss will name a strong line up as he looks to cement his starting XI for their return to Premier League action. The Villans sat out the opening weekend of the top flight's return due to Manchester City's extended break, meaning they will kick off their 2020/21 campaign with Tuesday's League Cup clash against Burton. The Villans have added the likes of Watkins and Cash to their squad this season and the former Brentford striker scored in a pre-season friendly against Manchester United. Hutton believes that the likes of John McGinn, who played in both of Scotland's games over the international break, will be rested but that all the other first-team stars will be given the chance to gel in Smith's first XI of the season. "Yes, with one eye on the following fixture against Sheffield United but obviously Jack and Tyrone were away with England, they didn't really play with the other boys, they had friendlies. John played a lot of minutes so he'll probably be rested.