Coventry's former Portsmouth striker John Aloisi and their Norwegian international midfielder Trond Egil Soltvedt are on stand-by to play. Aloisi will start if Noel Whelan fails a fitness test on an injured shoulder and Soltvedt will replace George Boateng if the Dutchman is still unwell. Coventry have been beaten home and away by Villa for the last three seasons.
ASTON VILLA (from) Oakes, Watson, Scimeca, Southgate, Barry, Wright, Taylor, Hendrie, Draper, Grayson, Thompson, Merson, Dublin, Joachim, Collymore, Samuel, Vassell, Enckelman.
COVENTRY CITY (from): Hedman, Nilsson, Williams, Shaw, Burrows, Telfer, Boateng, McAllister, Froggatt, Huckerby, Whelan, Aloisi, Soltvedt, Clement, Konjic, Breen, Edworthy, Ogrizovic.
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