Barrow vs Aston Villa preview: How to watch, kick-off time,
team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
A general view of the inside of the tadiumduring the Sky Bet League 2 match between Barrow and Exeter City at Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness on Tuesday 17th August 2021. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

League Two Barrow progressed to the second round of the Carabao Cup by beating Scunthorpe United 1-0 earlier this month. Dimitri Sea’s 50th-minute strike was enough to overcome their opponents and set up a tasty second round tie against Premier League Aston Villa.

Barrow almost caused an upset in the Carabao Cup last season when they visited Pride Park and took Derby County to a penalty shootout, however The Bluebirds fell just short of a place in the second-round draw.

Aston Villa enter the competition in the second round due to their finishing position in the Premier League last season and will be hoping to avoid humiliation and safely book their place in the third round.

Villa made it to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup last season before a disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Stoke City that saw them fail to reach the quarter-final.

The Villains were the runners-up of this competition back in 2020 as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

The game might not be as straight forward as it looks on paper, as Barrow have won their last three games at home, while Aston Villa have won just two of their last seven games away from home, failing to record a clean sheet in any of them.

Team news

Barrow are still without Mike Jones and Tom Beading who are both unavailable through injury. Matty Platt, Jamie Devitt and former Villa academy player Dimitri Sea are all doubts.

Mark Cooper will probably sacrifice an attacker to deal with Villa’s three-man midfield and adopt a 3-5-1-1 formation.

Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey missed out on Villa’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle United through injury and are unlikely to be risked for one.

Dean Smith will look to give young players such as Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace some first-team football.

Predicted lineups

Barrow (3-5-1-1):

Farman; Brown, Ellis, Grayson; Hutton, Taylor, White, Banks, Brough; Williams; Zanzala

Aston Villa (4-3-3):

Steer; Guilbert, Tuanzebe, Hause, Targett; Chukwuemeka, Nakamba, Hourihane; Philogene-Bidace, Wesley, El Ghazi

Ones to watch

Offrande Zanzala will be Barrow’s main attacking threat on Tuesday night and will be looking to put his name up in lights by scoring against Premier League opposition. The 24-year-old striker has already scored twice in just three starts for Barrow this season, and is very capable of finding the net from distance, something which could come in handy due in a game where Barrow are unlikely to get the ball in the opposition box with much regularity.

17-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka could be given a start at Barrow as Dean Smith looks to give his younger players a chance. The midfielder joined from Northampton Town’s academy in 2016 before signing his first professional contract with Villa in July 2020. The England u18s international already has two Premier League appearances under his belt and will be hoping that he can continue to breakthrough into the first team this season.

Previous meetings

This will be the first time these two sides have ever faced each other.

How to watch

The game is live on Sky Sports Football at 19:45 on Tuesday 24 August.