He Hou dares wins?


Aston Villa are 4/9 to qualify at Blackburn’s expense in Gerard Houllier’s first match in charge, and 5/6 to win inside 90 minutes. Rovers are 13/8 to progress, while Gabby Agbonlahor is 4/1 to score the first goal of the Houllier era.

Elsewhere, Scunthorpe are 6/1 to upset holders Manchester United, while Northampton are 14/1 to heap further misery on Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool with a shock win at Anfield. Premier League leaders Chelsea are 1/4 to defeat Newcastle.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said, “Houllier will want to get off to a good start, and the players will be keen to impress their new boss, so Villa should go through.”

After 90 minutes
Aston Villa 5/6, Blackburn 10/3, Draw 5/2

To qualify
Aston Villa 4/9, Blackburn 13/8

First goalscorer
Agbonlahor 4/1
Carew 9/2
Heskey 5/1
Delfouneso 6/1
Mame Diouf 6/1
Kalinic 6/1

Wednesday’s other Carling Cup matches
Chelsea 1/4, Newcastle 9/1, Draw 5/1
Scunthorpe 6/1, Man Utd 4/9, Draw 10/3
Wigan 4/6, Preston 4/1, Draw 11/4
Liverpool 1/6, Northampton 14/1, Draw 6/1 West Brom 10/3, Man City 5/6, Draw 5/2