Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of this evening's Carabao Cup Second Round tie against Aston Villa at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.
Barrow v Aston Villa
Tuesday 24th August 2021, 7.45pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Carabao Cup Second Round
Aston Villa arrive at The Dunes Hotel Stadium hoping to build on an encouraging weekend victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Three points against The Magpies will go some way to wiping away the disappointment of an opening day 3-2 defeat at Watford as Dean Smith’s men head for Cumbria tonight.
Villa have reacted quickly to the record-breaking sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City and will hope that the arrivals of Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Danny Ings can help lessen the impact of his departure.
However, Smith is likely to rotate his squad tonight and give minutes to some of those who haven’t feature in their opening games or perhaps blood some of the club’s talented youngsters.
One To Watch
Danny Ings announced himself to the Villa faithful in spectacular fashion on Saturday when his outstanding overhead kick helped them to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
The England forward was a surprise arrival at Villa Park and one which went under the radar as Dean Smith and staff at the club worked behind the scenes to try and replace the departing Jack Grealish.
Ings, now 29, has plenty of Premier League experience under his belt and few would bet against him building on his fine start to life in a Villa shirt during 2021/22.
Head To Head
This is the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.
This evening’s cup tie with Aston Villa will be under the watchful eye of Martin Coy, who will make his first visit of the season to The Dunes Hotel Stadium.
The official has been on the EFL’s list of referees for four years and has so far operated across Leagues One and Two during the current campaign.
There will be no live stream of Carabao Cup ties during the 2021/22 season.
Live Television Coverage
The tie will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7.30pm.
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.
Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by Mark Boyd for full coverage of this evening’s cup tie.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.
If tonight’s tie is level at 90 minutes it will go straight to a penalty shootout.
Aston Villa have been installed as 2/7 favourites to win inside 90 minutes this evening, with Barrow rated a 10/1 shot to pull off a cup shock and a price of 17/4 on the tie going to penalties.