Aston Villa and Tottenham will clash on Tuesday in a Capital One Cup tie, but both teams will do so in the midst of a hectic schedule.
Aston Villa have bigger things on the radar taking precedent over this match. Coach Paul Lambert admitted that the team's priority remains Saturday's EPL contest with Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Tottenham were just in EPL action on Sunday when they beat Cardiff, and that was their third match in eight days.
So, neither of these squads are likely to be at full strength for this contest.
Where: Villa Park in Birmingham, England
When: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11:45 a.m. ET (4:30 p.m. BST)
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Chances (via Paddy Power)
Aston Villa: 11/10
Key Storyline: Can Aston Villa Overcome Playing at Less Than Full Strength?
With Lambert's gaze fixed on Manchester City and the injury to Benteke, Aston Villa are not going to be at full strength.
This could include Jed Steer in goal for Brad Guzan and a chance for Nicklas Helenius and Yacouba Sylla to showcase their talent.
In their last Capital One clash, Aston Villa cruised past Rotherham United, 3-0. However, this will be a stiffer test.
Of course, this also provides an opportunity for other players to shine and carve out more playing time. Now it's time to see if these guys can seize the moment.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1, Tottenham 0
The conditions of this match make it tough to predict. Neither squad is going to be at full strength and both have big matches surrounding this one.
So, I'm taking the home side. Give me the squad with less travel, familiar surroundings and a raucous fanbase cheering them on.
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