As it happened: Burton Albion 1-3 Aston Villa
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21:448 days ago

Villa advance!

FULL TIME! So that's that. A brilliant start from Burton was soon negated once Villa found their footing. Grealish was dominant, Watkins had his moments and the service they received was outstanding. Dean Smith will be very pleased.

Burton shouldn't be too discouraged as they have put on a good showing and more performances like this will see them surely challenge at the top end of the League One table.

That's all for now. For everyone at VAVEL, this is John Lupo signing off saying thanks for joining me and take care!

21:398 days ago

Villains double their lead!

GOAL! 90'2 And that sends Villa to round three! Davis beats the offside trap and finds the far corner from a tight angle.
21:378 days ago

Four extra minutes

90' The fourth official signals for four minutes of added time.
21:378 days ago

Villa take the lead!

88' GOAL! It had to be him. Henri Lansbury finds Grealish from the corner and he volleys past Sharman-Lowe from just inside the box.
21:358 days ago

Villa nearly in front!

85' Jota nearly makes the ultimate impact as he has a go from 25 yards out, but goes wide.
21:258 days ago

Final change for Villa

82' Jota has come on for El Ghazi.
21:258 days ago

Villa dominating possession

78' The visitors have had 78 percent of the second half possession, but nothing to show for it.
21:228 days ago

Smith makes a double change

74' Watkins' debut for Villa is over as Keinan Davis replaces him. Ramsey is also coming off with Douglas Luiz taking his place.
21:218 days ago

Villa offside!

70' Elmohamady with more outstanding service as he finds Watkins, who shot straight at Sharman-Lowe, but the offsides flag goes up.
21:198 days ago

Double change for Burton

68' Jake Buxton makes two changes as Powell comes on for Lawless while Gilligan replaces Edwards.
21:108 days ago

Grealish again

67' The Villa captain surges towards the Burton goal, but Brayford gets in the way.
21:098 days ago

Burton unlucky!

64' And there was a chance for Burton as Akins is on the end of a neat one-two, but Hause is there for a timely block.
21:088 days ago

More pressure from Villa

60' All these crosses, but nothing to show for it. This one provided by Elmohamady, but Watkins is unable to stretch far enough for it.
21:078 days ago

Villa lacking finish

55' Grealish is starting to dominate, isn't he? A great touch to control the ball, crosses into the middle, but no one is on the end of it to finish.
20:578 days ago

Burton almost in front!

51' Wow, what a chance for the hosts! Hemmings is in behind and shoots from a tight angle, but goes wide.
20:508 days ago

Second half begins

We are ready to start the second half.
20:388 days ago


So we are all level after 45 minutes. A dream start for Burton as Daniel gave the Brewers a second-minute lead, but once Villa got their footing, it was only a matter of time before they took over. It'll be interesting to see how the second half plays out.


We'll be back shortly for the second half.

20:378 days ago

Villa hit the crossbar!

45' Grealish is having a heck of a first half as he beats two Burton defenders at the byline and plays it in the middle for Watkins, but he hits the bar.
20:348 days ago

Burton almost re-take the lead!

42' Edwards nearly provides the perfect response as he gets off a shot from the edge of the Villa box, but he didn't get enough curl on it and it goes just wide of the post.
20:328 days ago

Villa equalize!

40' GOAL! Some superb build-up play by Villa as Grealish's neat pass released Taylor in the box who played it to Watkins and the debutant levels from close range.
20:238 days ago

Villa chance!

35' El-Ghazi takes a snap shot from the edge of the box, but once again, the shot is wide. Plenty of opportunities, but none on target for the visitors.
20:188 days ago

Burton on the counter

32' The Brewers got some players forward, but Mings makes the tackle on Hemmings to prevent the play from developing further.
20:178 days ago

Burton substitution

29' Bostwick has to come off and is replaced by Owen-John Gallacher.
20:108 days ago

Injury blow for Burton

28' It appears Bostwick has picked up a calf injury. That's not good news for a Brewers team that's already short at the back.
20:098 days ago

Villa picking up the pressure

23' El-Ghazi continues to provide good service and Ramsey continues to get on the end of that service, but again he's nowhere close to the target. He needs to calm down a little.
20:058 days ago

Villa creating chances

18' Grealish plays the ball in and it appeared Watkins was in good position, but Ramsey instead takes it on his head only to see it go over the crossbar.
20:018 days ago

Villa nearly level!

14' El-Ghazi sends in a really good free kick, but El-Mohamaday flashes his header wide. He really should have done better.
19:549 days ago

Villa half-chance

4' Watkins' first involvement in a Villa shirt sees him play the pass to the back post, but he couldn't stretch far enough to do anything with it.
19:509 days ago

Burton Albion take the lead!

1' GOAL! Jake Buxton sure looks smart now as he inserted Daniel in the lineup for tonight's game and he pays immediate dividends as Edwards picks up a loose ball after winning a duel against Taylor in the Aston Villa box, sweeps it low across the face of goal and Daniel fires it past Nyland to give the League One minnows a shock early lead!
19:479 days ago

Match starts!

The referee has blown his whistle and we are underway!
19:459 days ago

Burton Albion lineup

(4-5-1) Sharman-Lowe; Brayford, Daniel, Edwards, Bostwick; Wallace, Hemmings, Quinn, Akins, Lawless; Fox
19:459 days ago

Aston Villa lineup

(4-3-3) Nyland; Elmohamady, Hause, Mings, Taylor; Lansbury, Nkamba, El Ghazi;  J. Ramsey, Grealish, Watkins
19:439 days ago

Team news: Burton Albion

Ryan Edwards makes his first start of the season for the Brewers while Teddy Sharman-Lowe, Colin Daniel and Ben Fox also come in to the starting XI.
19:289 days ago

Team news: Aston Villa

Dean Smith has handed Ollie Watkins his debut after signing from Brentford while Jack Grealish will captain the Villains for tonight's clash. 


14:379 days ago

How to watch

You can watch today's match live on Sky Sports, but stay with me as i'll take you through all of the action!
14:369 days ago

Aston Villa Predicted Line-up

(4-3-3) Steer; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Hourihane, Luiz, McGinn; Trezeguet, Watkins, Grealish
14:359 days ago

Burton Albion: Predicted Line-up

(4-5-1) Garratt; Eardley, Brayford, Anderson, Wallace; Akins, Powell, Bostwick, Quinn, Lawless; Hemmings
14:279 days ago

Smith talks about "important" game

Villa boss Dean Smith is hoping the club can build some momentum after a strong end to their pre-season, winning each of their last three fixtures.

Speaking to VillaTV, he said "we have had some games that have got us ready for this; Bristol City, Wycombe (Wanderers), Arsenal and Manchester United.

"It's an important game, because it's our first, and we want to make a really positive start. Jake Buxton has gone in there and he'll have ambitions of an upset, so hopefully we put in a really professional performance."

14:219 days ago

Buxton expects "full off beans" Villa side

Burton manager Jake Buxton spoke in his pre-match press conference of what type of squad he expects Aston Villa to field a strong side for tonight's clash, stating "Villa have progressed since we last played them (in 2018) gaining promotion from the Championship and then retaining their Premier League status.

"You are never sure how they will come out of the blocks, but they have signed a couple of new players and we expect them to be full off beans and right at it."

14:139 days ago

Match preview

Here is a comprehensive preview of today's match by my colleague Daniel Johnson.

EFL Cup Second Round preview: Burton Albion vs Aston Villa

14:079 days ago

Welcome, everyone!

Hello and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of this second round EFL Cup tie between EFL League One side Burton Albion and Aston Villa of the Premier League.

My name is John Lupo and i'll be guiding you through all of the action today.

13:549 days ago

Kick-off time

Burton Albion vs Aston Villa will be played at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England at 14:45 BST.