Two sides in fine form clash at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday as Brentford travel to Aston Villa.
Villa continued their hot streak in front of goal by backing up their 2-0 victory against Newcastle in the Premier League with a 6-0 demolition over League Two side Barrow in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
An impressive victory for the Villans was topped off with a hat-trick from 19-year-old academy prospect Cameron Archer, who may be knocking on the door of the first team more often after his impressive display.
Meanwhile, Brentford extended their unbeaten run to three games after defeating Forest Green 3-1 as they also progressed into the third round.
The Bees started life in the Premier League impressively after a 2-0 victory against Arsenal on the opening day, and now reside in 8th place following last week’s goalless draw away to Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
Brentford are unbeaten are against Villa in their last six meetings, though interestingly, Dean Smith was in the opposing dugout for five of those games – which should give Villa some added confidence.
Jack Grealish appears to be slowly becoming an all-but-distant memory for Villa after two convincing victories in succession.
New signing Danny Ings will be looking to score in a third successive Premier League game for Villa, while Anwar El Ghazi – who returned an impressive 10 league goals last season in 28 appearances – registered two goals on Tuesday against Barrow.
Dean Smith was without Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins for the last two fixtures with the trio expected to remain out on Saturday.
Trezeguet remains out for the foreseeable future while Morgan Sanson is set to return after the international break.
Thomas Frank may name an unchanged Brentford side for a third league game in a row, with no new injury concerns and an impressive run of form meaning the Bees’ manager hasn’t yet had his hand forced.
Aston Villa vs Brentford – kick off at 3pm on Saturday 28th August.