Colchester didn’t look that well and suffered quite convincing 3:1 defeat away from home against Accrington last Saturday evening in the season opener, result that was actually expected as well. They ended the previous season at eight position, just a point below play-off positions and even though their wishes remain the same, it won’t be easy this time.
Their team somehow looks weaker this season and it won’t be surprise in case the side just stands around the middle of the table at the end. Their hosts entered the game well last weekend, taking the double lead via Jackson in 9th and Kee in 32nd minute, while Beckles increased the lead in 64th minute. Players of Colchester tried to respond and had some offensive phases, but were only able to reduce the deficit toward the end via Szmodics in 81st minute.
Defender Tom Eastham is doubtful after he suffered ankle injury against Accrington. Winger Kyel Reid has been added to the squad and might make a debut after he moved on loan from Coventry. Brennan Dickenson, Luke Prosser, Kurtis Guthrie and Doug Loft are all sidelined with injuries.
Aston Villa, on the other side, disappointed their fans in the Championship opener last weekend, as the team took only a point in a home match against Hull City in a 1:1 draw. They are once again looking like a side that should be able to get promotion this time and anything but that would be huge disappointment for all of their fans.
Hosts actually made a right step into the match, took the lead in seventh minute already via Agbonlahor in quite an open first halftime, however failed to show determination and looked passive in the second halftime, as the players of Hull deservedly equalized in 62nd minute via Bowen.
Manager Steve Bruce will take the opportunity to rest several key players for this one. John Terry, Glenn Whelan and Gabriel Agbonlahor are among those who should not be playing. Youngsters Josh Onomah, Andre Green and James Bree should be involved, plus veteran defender Chris Samba.
Colchester is undefeated in last six home matches in League Two.
Aston Villa didn’t look that brilliant in the first round of Championship, however they stay as favorites here and should be able to progress. However, having in mind that they didn’t impress and are now playing away from home with a rotated squad, I see plenty of chances for both teams to score at least once, since players of Colchester have nothing to lose here and generally stand way better in front of own fans.