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The Road to Wembley…

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The Road to Wembley…

Aston Villa travel to Wembley on Sunday to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final (ko 4.30pm).

It will be a third successive visit in as many seasons to the national stadium, where Dean Smith's side will be looking to secure the club’s first major trophy since 1996.

Villa, inaugural winners of the competition in 1961, will be bidding to win the League Cup for the sixth time having reached the final on a ninth occasion.

And here we look back on how the Villans made it there on ‘The Road to Wembley’…

Round Two

Crewe Alexandra 1-6 Aston Villa (27/08/19)

Villa entered the competition in Round Two and comfortably brushed aside Crewe at the Alexandra Stadium. Ezri Konsa opened the scoring after just four minutes before a Conor Hourihane brace handed Villa a 3-0 half-time lead. Keinan Davis, Frederic Guilbert and Jack Grealish got in on the act after the break to make the hosts’ late effort mere consolation.

Round Three

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Aston Villa (25/09/19)

Villa were again handed an away test, this time at Premier League rivals Brighton & Hove Albion. Dean Smith’s side once more gained the upper hand before half-time thanks to goals from Jota and Hourihane. Haydon Roberts reduced the arrears for the Seagulls but Grealish struck in the 77th minute to secure a 3-1 victory at the Amex Stadium and seal progress to Round Four.

Round Four

Aston Villa 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (30/10/19)

Midlands neighbours Wolves lay in wait at Villa Park at the end of October but it was the hosts who struck first courtesy of Anwar El Ghazi’s first-half finish. Patrick Cutrone levelled matters for the visitors but that lasted just three minutes before Ahmed Elmohamady flicked home at the near post to secure a 2-1 victory and ensure Smith’s charges booked their spot in the Quarter-Finals.

Quarter-Finals

Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool (17/12/19)

Villa produced a clinical and professional performance to see off a youthful Liverpool side 5-0 in mid-December and reach the last four. Hourihane bagged his fourth goal of this season’s competition to put the home side ahead before Morgan Boyes netted an own goal for the Reds, whose senior players were on duty at the Club World Cup in Qatar. Jonathan Kodjia added a quickfire brace to ensure it was 4-0 at the break before Wesley got in on the act late on to seal a convincing triumph.

Semi-Final first leg

Leicester City 1-1 Aston Villa (08/01/20)

Villa made the short trip across the midlands to face Leicester at the King Power Stadium and, in keeping with each Round of the competition, opened the scoring to gain the upper hand. Guilbert arrived at the back post to poke home El Ghazi’s cross from close range and hand Villa a 28th-minute advantage. Konsa headed against the crossbar before substitute Kelechi Iheanacho equalised for the Foxes 16 minutes from time to ensure the first leg finished all square at 1-1.

Semi-Final second leg

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City (28/01/20)

Roared on by a vociferous sold-out Villa Park, Smith’s side took an early 12th-minute lead courtesy of Matt Targett’s drilled finish. As he did in the first leg, Ørjan Nyland produced another superb display between the sticks but he could do nothing to prevent Iheanacho levelling the match and the tie in the 72nd minute. However, it was left for Trezeguet to steal the headlines in dramatic fashion as he converted a cross from compatriot Elmohamady in the 93rd minute to spark wild scenes at Villa Park and secure the club’s passage to Wembley.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 24th February 2020