Aston Villa begin the road to potential Europa League Conference glory tonight against Hibernian.
THE The villains will face a home-and-away play-off against the Edinburgh-based side to earn a place in the group stage in UEFA’s new competition.
But the Scottish side will be looking to pull off what would be a major upset and are prepared to ensure that John McGinn’s return to Easter Road ends badly.
Hibernian v Aston Villa: How to watch
The first leg of this Europa League Conference clash will take place on Wednesday, August 23.
Kick-off at Easter Road is scheduled for 5.45pm.
No English-based broadcaster selected this for coverage.
But the match will be broadcast on BBC Scotland, accessible on Freeview, Sky and Virgin.
Alternatively, supporters can follow the action on their mobile devices and laptops via BBC iPlayer.
Hibernian vs Aston Villa: How to listen
talkSPORT 2 aura live commentary of this European clash, with Mark Wilson and former Scottish international Chris Iwelumo providing the cover.
talkSPORT.com will also be there to provide the best reactions.
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You can also listen via the talkSPORT appon DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Hibernian vs Aston Villa: team news
The hosts will be hoping Dutch striker Dylan Vente will be fit after he was taken in the face at the weekend.
But Lee Johnson He is unlikely to be without Dylan Levitt due to a potentially serious ankle injury.
Joe Wollacott, Chris Cadden and Harry McKirdy are also all absent.
During this time, Villa will not be able to call on the services of Tyrone Mings or Emi Buendia for a long time due to ACL injuries.
Signing a new loan Nicolas Zaniolo should be fit to start and could debut.
But this one comes too soon for Jacob Ramsey and Alex Moreno.
While Leander Dendoncker is still missing and Philippe Coutinho limped off in the win over Everton.
Hibernian v Aston Villa: what has been said?
Villa captain McGinn is eager to face his former side.
He said: “I never had the opportunity when I left to show my appreciation to the fans or anyone present.
“Neil Lennon and I felt that at that point it would be my last game. [Motherwell at home, August 2018]. I remember going out, but you don’t want to be that guy doing a lap of honor waiting to be appreciated. So, I just jogged normally.
“It will be nice to see the fans and thank them for an incredible three years, but at the same time, at the whistle, I hope they curse me and insult me and treat me like a normal opponent.
“Hibs was an integral part of my life, the way they treated me for those three years was amazing.
“They’ve evolved over the last few years and I’m sure this will be the opportunity they’ll look forward to more in the future.”
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