Aston Villa meet Swindon Town in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup
Last Updated: October 30, 2012 11:11am
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Paul Lambert will be hoping for some respite from Aston Villa's Premier League travails when facing Swindon Town in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
Villa have won just once in nine league games since Lambert took charge in the summer and the club have claimed three points only twice in their last 25 top-flight fixtures.
However, the high point of a lacklustre start to the season came in the last round of this competition when Villa enjoyed a 4-2 victory at Premier League champions Manchester City.
Swindon have settled well into life in League One since winning promotion and have already accounted for three clubs from higher divisions in the Capital One Cup this season.
Brighton, Stoke and Burnley have all been disposed of and victory over Villa would see Swindon become the first club from outside the top two divisions to reach the League Cup quarter-finals since Wycombe in the 2005/2006 competition.
Swindon look set to be without playmaker John Bostock, who looks likely to miss the next few weeks after hobbling off with a groin injury against Stevenage at the weekend.
But Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio's options could be boosted by a return to the substitutes' bench for striker Andy Williams, who has been out for more than three weeks with a calf injury.
Nathan Thompson could also be available after recovering from an ankle problem, while fellow defender Troy Archibald-Henville is fit after having been sick in the build-up to kick-off at Stevenage.
Midfielder Luke Rooney is another option for Di Canio after returning from a month's loan at Burton Albion.
Villa left-back Joe Bennett will be suspended for the tie as he will have to serve a one-game ban for his sending-off for two bookable offences in Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Norwich.
Striker Darren Bent and keeper Shay Given will be in contention to return to the starting line-up against Di Canio's side but winger Charles N'Zogbia is facing a spell on the sidelines with knee ligament damage suffered in training last week.