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Nic Ladds 3rd Dec 2008 - 18:20

Barry looks to secure a point against underdogs Žilina

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is planning wholesale changes to his starting XI for the UEFA Cup game against MŠK Žilina on Thursday night.

Even though it'll be a rather inexperienced Villa team facing the Slovakians, they're still heavy favourites - 3/10 says they'll win, which is what they've done twice in two games so far in group F.

Žilina, currently second in the Slovakian Corgoň Liga, sit bottom of the UEFA Cup mini-league, with just one point and one goal to their name. If you fancy a big upset you can get a price of 10/1.

With Villa set to play a much different line-up to one you'd expect to see in the English Premier League, featuring such players as ‘keeper Brad Guzan and academy striker Nathan Delfouneso, the more likely result is a draw, at a very decent 4/1.

A point would also guarantee the Villans a place in the last 32 of the competition - a fact not lost on ex-captain Gareth Barry: "It was a tremendous night against Ajax.

"The noise that night was electrifying. That's what football is all about. It's great to be playing on nights like that at Villa Park.

"The players loved it. Hopefully, it will be like that on Thursday and we do enough to get through in front of our own fans. I think it has whetted our appetite for more European football."

Aston Villa v MŠK Žilina - Thursday 19:45


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