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Aston Villa are looking to continue their fine start to 2020/21 by beating Stoke City to book their place in the last eight of the EFL Cup.

Dean Smith’s team have been something of a force in the new season so far, winning all four of their games and scoring 10 goals in the process.

Perhaps most pleasingly for the manager, the team has conceded just the one goal against Burton Albion.

Smith will almost certainly revert to the team which began the 3-0 victory at Bristol City last week.

This means that Bertrand Traore may be restored in attack while Ahmed Elmohamady may feature in an unfamiliar role of center-back.

For Stoke, Danny Batth and Nick Powell could be among the players who are recalled after losing their places at the weekend.

Predicted Lineups:

Aston Villa: Steer; Guilbert, Elmohamady, Hause, Taylor; Lansbury, Nakamba, Ramsey; Traore, Davis, El Ghazi

Stoke City: Davies; Collins, Batth, Martins Indi,Smith, Oakley-Boothe, Thompson, Tymon,Powell,Campbell, Vokes