GOAL! Burton 1-0 Aston Villa Dean Smith’s team tightened up amazingly towards the end of last season but their defence has not begun this one well: they conceded within a minute of their first game, as burton’s Colin Daniel arrives unmarked to meet a low cross from the right and slam it into the net from 10 yards.
GOAL! Bradford 0-4 Lincoln. Be afraid, Vrigil van Dijk! Lincoln are coming for you! James Jones has added to their impressive tally; it’s not half-time yet but Lincoln are surely on their way to Liverpool.
Oxford, despite making eight changes, are running the show against Watford and creating numerous chances. They’ve just hit the post from one and ballooned the ball over the bar from close range from another. Watford need to get their act together to avoid embarrassment. They currently trail 1-0.
GOAL! Bradford 0-2 Lincoln A swift counter-attack down the right, followed by a neat side-footed finish fro 15 yards by Anthony Scully. The prospect of meeting Liverpool in the next round seems to have fired up Lincoln.
Aston Villa play their first match of the season today, with their Premier League campaign not starting until’s Monday’s joust with Sheffield United. Today they are in action at Burton Albion and Dean Smith is NOT taking it lightly: Jack Grealish starts on the day he pledged his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year deal and record signing Ollie Watkins will be hoping to get his first competitive goal after netting in Saturday’s friendly against Manchester United. Here is the full lineup: