Game: Fulham vs Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 4th January
Competition: FA Cup Third Round
Venue: Craven Cottage
At a Glance
Aston Villa head to South West London on Saturday to kick-off their FA Cup campaign against Fulham.
The club have won the competition seven times but have failed to go beyond the Third Round in the last three seasons.
Dean Smith’s side head to Craven Cottage with plenty of confidence after a 2-1 win against Burnley last time out.
The last meeting between the two sides was in the 2018 Championship Play-Off Final, when Fulham secured a return to the Premier League with a 1-0 win.
The clubs swapped divisions last year, however, and the Lilywhites are currently fifth as they chase a return to the top tier.
Top scorer Aleksandr Mitrovic has racked up an impressive 18 goals for Scott Parker’s team, who lost 2-1 at home to Reading on New Year’s Day.
Aston Villa and Fulham have played each other on 69 occasions since they first met in 1905.
That first meeting was also in the FA Cup, with Villa running out 5-0 winners on the day.
Fulham just edge the overall head-to-head with 24 wins to Villa’s 23, while there have been 22 draws.
Dean Smith will be without Wesley and Tom Heaton after they were both stretchered off against Burnley.
The pair, who have been ruled out for the rest of the season, join long-term absentees John McGinn and Jed Steer on the sidelines.
The manager also updated the media on Friday with the news that he expects to have Matt Targett back for the Manchester City game later this month and that Keinan Davis is not yet fit enough to feature as he battles a hamstring injury.
“Our priority was always the Premier League. Two cup competitions this season and the club has a very proud history in both.
“It’s been an awful long time since we’ve won this one – 1957. The fans have wanted to see us win it a number of times since then.
“There are not many who’ve seen us win it in their lifetimes, so we’re going to go and be as competitive as we can be and as we have been in the Carabao Cup.
“Hopefully the quality of the squad can carry us through.”
Ways to Follow
You can follow the game on VillaTV.
Tickets & travel
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Supporters making the trip are advised that District Line Trains will only be running between Earls Court and Putney Bridge. Fans intending to use the Underground are advised to plan their journey on the tube using the Transport for London website.