England middle order batsman and Aston Villa fanatic Ian Bell has exclusively told GiveMeSport a good run in the Capital One Cup cannot be underestimated as his boyhood team host Tottenham this evening.
The midlands club have got off to a steady start this season, helped by a 1-0 win over Norwich at the weekend and face a knockout showdown with high flying Spurs at Villa Park tonight.
Lying on six points from five games the Villans are in 13th position in the table with their other win of the campaign coming against Arsenal on the opening weekend while they progressed past Rotherham in the 2nd round of the cup.
Paul Lambert picked a strong team to beat the Yorkshire outfit and two of the scorers that day in Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph are expected to be among a list of casualties from the victory over Norwich.
That hasn’t dampened the mood of Ashes legend Bell though who has exclusively told GiveMeSport he will be in attendance at Villa Park cheering on the claret and blue and he has been relatively happy with the opening six games to the season.
“They needed to beat Norwich and they probably didn’t play as well as they would have liked but sometimes you have to be scrappy and grind the result. Now after the win its not a bad start for them.
“When they won at the Emirates I think they were flying but the next three games were a bit tougher and now they have some big games coming up now.
“We have Spurs in the cup today then a big game at home in Manchester City as well so if they can get two good results there then they are back on track,” claimed Bell.
Villa are in a clutch of midtable teams that will feel they have a realistic chance of lifting the League Cup with Swansea and their near neighbours Birmingham winning at Wembley in recent seasons with Bell hoping for an extended cup run.
“It’s really important for everyone to have a good run in the cup, especially the supporters and the confidence for the team as well because these days in the Premier League it’s always going to be a challenge to break into the top five.
“If you can focus on the cups and get to Wembley it’s a great way to thank the fans for their support.”