Although the result was undoubtedly tough to swallow, the game generated as many positive takeaways then negatives as a result of Villa's strong overall play. Upcoming Matches The Villans' luck was no better in the third round of the Carabao Cup, in which they were beaten on penalties at Chelsea in the same round. Villa will be back in the Carabao Cup in November. * Average Total Match Cards per match between Aston Villa and their opponents in a single match. For Villa, they're trying to put an end to a tough festive period that saw them lose three matches in a row. Unai Emery has warned his players they must expect a "very difficult" match at Brentford on Saturday (3pm kick-off) as Aston Our website Villa aim to extend their unbeaten run to nine games. Watkins has now equalled his highest tally of goals for a Premier League season with 14 and his form will be key to Villa’s hopes of securing European football next season.