Kick Off: 1945, 09/08/2017
Stadium: Weston Homes Community Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa have a proud history in the EFL Cup and will be keen to come through a first-round trip to Colchester without any mishaps on Wednesday night.
The Midlands outfit prevailed in the inaugural staging of this competition back in 1961 and have lifted the trophy five times altogether, with only Liverpool boasting more outright triumphs.
Steve Bruce will make changes but should have the strength in depth to cope and we’re kicking off our Colchester vs Aston Villa betting tips by taking 7/5 for an away win and over 2.5 goals.
A Look At Colchester United’s Betting Odds
Older Colchester fans will recall taking Villa all the way to penalties after two legs in this tournament back in 1979.
However, their recent League Cup exploits have been far less memorable, going out in the opening round for six straight years.
Those reversals have included a couple of 4-0 losses to Brighton and Charlton, a 5-1 thrashing by Peterborough and a 3-0 defeat by Yeovil.
With the hosts coming off a 3-1 loss at Accrington in League Two, we’re on the visitors at 3/2 to prevail by more than one goal in our Colchester vs Aston Villa betting tips.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Bruce has brought in some experienced professionals for his second season as Aston Villa boss, with John Terry joined by Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamady and Chris Samba.
However, he also has some exciting young talent to call on, including Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah, signed on loan after representing England in the Under-20 World Cup success.
Villa will have been frustrated to only draw 1-1 with Hull in Saturday’s Championship opener after going ahead early on through Gabriel Agbonlahor.
However, they created several good chances to add to that tally and appeal at 11/5 to score three or more times against lesser opposition in the Colchester vs Aston Villa odds.
Accrington 3-1 COLCHESTER – Sammie Szmodics
ASTON VILLA 1-1 Hull – Gabriel Agbonlahor
Head-to-head: Villa 0-2 Colchester, Colchester 0-2 Villa, Colchester 1-2 Villa.
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