Date: 12th August 2021 at 12:05pm
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With Saturday and our big Premier League kick off against Watford edging ever nearer, Aston Villa fans know the season is truly upon on as we now know our first opposition in this seasons EFL Cup – we face Barrow in the second round.

Following the midweek first round fixtures, the draw for the second round took place yesterday evening, and League Two side Barrow will be a fantastic early opportunity for head coach Dean Smith to lean on some of our talented youngsters and give them minutes early on in the campaign. It should also be well timed to get Leon Bailey extra minutes, as well as whoever else we bring in before the window ‘slams shut’.

A few days left before we see whether head coach Dean Smith can make it three seasons on the trot where we show significant improvement, so that means only one thing – Fantasy Football!

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Second round fixtures will take place in the week beginning Monday, August 23 and we have been drawn away from home, so everybody get the maps out and look for Holker Street and then shake your head as that’s a mental trip for a midweek game!

Barrow reached the second round with a 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United, courtesy of a Dimitri Sea overhead kick – yes that Dimitri Sea who was with us between 2017-20 before we released him from our youth setup. This will be the first competitive game with Barrow, but a certain Peter Withe was the last man to play professional football, who had also played league football for Barrow.

The tie should take place about a week before the Big Man’s birthday, so that gives the game an extra element.

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