Dean Smith can take satisfaction from the fact that this is a Premier League match, since he played a role in the rise of both clubs. He did well during three seasons in charge of Brentford, during which he hired Thomas Frank as his assistant. Now Smith hopes Villa become the first team to score a league goal against Frank’s side this season.
A weakened Aston Villa were knocked out of the League Cup by European Champions Chelsea after losing 4-3 on penalties at Stamford Bridge. Dean Smith made wholesale changes to his side with only two...
Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the squad for the League Cup defeat against West Ham during the week