Irish duo Shay Given and Ciaran Clarke start for Aston Villa in the first leg of their Capitol One League Cup semi final, away to Bradford.
Given had spoken earlier this week about the ‘soul destroying’ life of failing to start in the league and said the cups had been a ‘carrot’ for him to stay at Villa.
The Donegal man who recently suggested he may come out of international retirement says he hopes to retain his place but Villa manager Paul Lambert seems unconvinced that the former Newcastle and Manchester City man can still perform consistently at the top level.
Stephen Ireland and former Shamrock Rovers full-back Enda Stevens are on the bench for Lambert’s team.
League Two side Bradford shocked Wigan and Arsenal in the last two rounds so will be looking to give themselves the best chance of taking another Premier League scalp when they head to Villa Park in the second leg in two weeks.
Bradford: Darby, Hanson, Duke, Atkinson, McHugh, Jones [c], Hines, Wells, McArdle, Doyle, Good
subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, Jones, Hannah, Connell, Turgott
Aston Villa: Given, Clark [c], Bennett, Baker, Lowton, Bannan, Delph, Weimann, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Benteke
subs: Guzan, Ireland, Bent, Lichaj, Stevens, Carruthers, Burke