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EFL Cup: Manchester United vs Aston Villa

Manchester United get the chance for swift revenge on Aston Villa as the two sides meet for the second time in five days in the EFL Cup third round on Thursday.

Villa enjoyed a fine 3-1 win over the Red Devils in the Premier League on Sunday - their first victory over United at home in the league since 1995 - in what was a fantastic start to Unai Emery's reign as boss.

Now they face off in the League Cup with a place in the fourth round on offer in the last of this week's ties in the competition.

What:Manchester United v Aston Villa
Where:Old Trafford, Manchester
When:20:00, Thursday 10th November 2022
How to watch:Sky Sports Main Event/Football
Odds:Manchester United 8/13, Draw 3/1, Aston Villa 9/2

Changes expected

Emery and opposite number Erik ten Hag are expected to make changes for the Old Trafford clash but both sides should still be made up with plenty of experience featuring alongside some fringe players.

The new Villa manager may be tempted to stick with the core of the side that were so impressive, particularly in the first half, at the weekend as the Midlanders eye progress in a competition they have won five times but not since 1996.

Leon Bailey and Jacob Ramsey, who both scored on Sunday, will hope to keep their places but Emery could freshen things up by bringing in John McGinn, Boubacar Kamara and Danny Ings, while Jan Bednarek and Leander Dendoncker are cup-tied and Brazilian pair Diego Carlos and Philippe Coutinho remain out injured.

United have Bruno Fernandes available following suspension and the likes of Harry Maguire, Tyrell Malacia, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial will all hope to start but Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe and Raphael Varane remain out.

Antony and Jadon Sancho are unlikely to be risked as they carry minor knocks while back-up goalkeeper Martin Dubravka could make his debut for United, who are also five-time winners of the competition but lost at this stage at home to West Ham last season.

United on good home run

Villa will head to Manchester with plenty of confidence after Sunday's success but the Red Devils had been on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions before their Villa Park defeat, winning seven, and they have not lost at home in five games, winning four of those matches to nil and drawing the other 0-0.

Therefore, the visitors know just what a tough prospect Thursday's clash is as they look to improve their dismal recent away form.

Under former boss Steven Gerrard, the Villans lost three of their last five games on the road, scoring just two goals in that run, with their last away win coming on 23rd August when they saw off Bolton Wanderers 4-1 in the second round of this competition.

The new manager bounce was evident at the weekend, though, and plenty will see value in Villa's odds of 9/2 to win in the full-time result market as Emery looks to build on his very positive start in the job.

United to win on spot-kicks is available at 6/1, while Villa are 13/2 to progress by the same method. The visitors Villa to qualify by any means is priced at 9/4.

However, United have only suffered back-to-back defeats under Ten Hag once when they lost their opening two league matches of the campaign and they are well-placed for at least a top-four challenge in the league as they sit fifth in the table.

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New era at Villa

Villa are down in 13th, only three points clear of the bottom three, but it's tempting to forget about their league struggles so far this term when they take to the field in the cup on Thursday as they are at the start of a new era under Emery.

The Spanish coach is well used to successfully negotiating knock-out competitions too, having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and once with Villarreal, while he also guided Paris Saint-Germain to four domestic cup triumphs during his time in charge of the French giants.

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