Here is how Tim Sherwood's men will line up for tonight's Capital One Cup second round tie against the League Two club at Villa Park...
Starting XI: Mark Bunn; Alan Hutton, Nathan Baker, Carlos Sanchez, Kieran Richardson, Jordan Veretout, Carles Gil, Adama Traore, Jordan Ayew, Jack Grealish, Scott Sinclair
Substitutes: Brad Watkins, Joe Bennett, Joe Cole, Jerell Sellars, Esah Suliman, Libor Kozak, Corey Taylor
Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s Capital One Cup campaign when they host League Two side Notts County in Tuesday night’s second round tie.
Villa were beaten 1-0 at home by third-tier side Leyton Orient at this stage of the competition last term under former manager Paul Lambert and their new boss is taking nothing for granted against another lower league opponent.
“It will be a tough game,” Sherwood told the club’s official website. “I know their manager Ricardo Moniz very well. He used to be a skills coach at Tottenham.
“They will look to come and play football. It's a good home draw for us and one we are looking forward to.”
Nevertheless, after three Premier League games, Sherwood has opted to shuffle his line-up for the cup, making nine changes to the side that lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace on Saturday, with former County loanee Jack Grealish and Carlos Sanchez the only players to keep their places.
Along with a debut for summer signing Mark Bunn in goal, winger Adama Traore makes his first start for the club after his impressive cameo at Selhurst Park, while youngsters Brad Watkins, Jerell Sellars, Esah Suliman and Corey Taylor all have the chance to make their professionals bows after being named to the bench.
In addition, the opposition line-up features former claret and blue striker Graham Burke, who spent five years at Villa Park before joining County this summer on a free transfer, having enjoyed a solid loan spell at Meadow Lane over the final months of last season.
“I am really looking forward to going back in what is a massive game for the club and the players,” added the Irishman, who made two first-team appearances in the League Cup during his time at Villa Park.
“Personally, I spent five years at Villa where I had good times. I played at Villa Park once and that was always the aim.
“It was against Tranmere a couple of years back, but tonight is different. I am playing for a different team, but they still hold a special place in my heart.”
On this particular occasion, though, the claret and blue faithful will be hoping he has an off night.