86.5: Dean Smith Lays Out Cup Ambition, as Wolves Face Tricky Timing

Cup Goals

“We’ve always had our eye on a route through the competition because we’ve got a proud history in it,” said Dean Smith, about the prospect of the League Cup opening up, if Aston Villa win their last 16 home-tie against Wolves.

“We’ve got a proud history in this competition, as we have in most,” added Smith.

“We’ve won it five times, alongside the FA Cup seven times. Let’s keep trying to add to that tally.”

“We’re fighting on multiple fronts this season and will try and do well in all of them. We want our fans to be happy.”

With some of the big guns going head-to-head in the next round, with ties such as Liverpool vs Arsenal and Chelsea vs Manchester United, if the luck of the draw goes Villa’s way, it opens up the prospect of Villa potentially facing the likes of Crawley, Colchester, Oxford or Sunderland for a place in the League Cup semi-finals.

While it will be a tough tournament to win, with the likes of Manchester City and Leicester City still alive in it, the possibilities once they’re past Wolves, will certainly motivate Smith and his players.

The big question though is how will Wolves approach the 4th round cup tie at Villa Park on the 29th October?

Having started the season slowly ala Villa and knee deep in a Europa League campaign, Wolves’ end of October fixtures look a little congested. Their trip to Villa Park, will be their third away trip in the space of six days.

Wolves Fixtures Before Cup Clash

Thursday 24th October

Slovan Bratislava vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (Europa League)

Sunday 27th October

Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (PL)

Wednesday 30th October

Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (EFL Cup)

In comparison, Villa have two Saturday fixtures leading up to the game with no midweek commitments.

Certainly, it looks like advantage Villa, at this stage.

Further Discussion

On a second My Old Man Said podcast show this week, we look back at the 3-1 win at Brighton in the League Cup, as well as discussing the prospect of Wolves in the next round, before looking ahead to a triple set of Premier League fixtures that may define Villa’s season.

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Episode 86.5 Notes

Aston Villa beat Brighton 3-1 to set up a last 16 clash with Wolves at Villa Park. We look back at the trip to the Seagulls and various player performances and how Wolves could approach the next round.

David and Chris are joined by Villa on Tour’s Max Stokes to get his feelings about the recent trips down south this week, as well as discussing the League Cup, we cast an eye to the forthcoming vital trio of games against Burnley, Norwich City and Brighton.

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Chris Budd – @BUDD_music

Max Stokes – @villaontour_

Producer/Editor – David Michael

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