Aston Villa v Wycombe preview: Remi Garde aims to avoid FA Cup upset
Last Updated: 19/01/16 7:45pm
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde could make changes for their third-round FA Cup replay against Wycombe on Tuesday.
Garde says Jack Grealish (tonsillitis) and Carlos Sanchez (hamstring) are in contention to play and he will also check on the fitness of Gabriel Agbonlahor (back).
Micah Richards may also be recalled after Garde decided to leave his captain out of the previous two teams, partly because of a foot injury, but also because the Frenchman favoured Joleon Lescott and Jores Okore at the heart of defence.
Villa have beaten Crystal Palace and drawn with Premier League high-flyers Leicester since the 1-1 tie at Adams Park on January 9.
Wycombe, meanwhile, were beaten by Hartlepool at the weekend in League Two, but manager Gareth Ainsworth insisted they were not distracted by the FA Cup replay.
"They know the league is our bread and butter," he said. "It will be a great occasion for Wycombe Wanderers, lots of people have got tickets and can't wait for the game but we really wanted to get something out of today, even if we didn't deserve to win.
"We're as big an underdog as you can imagine given the gulf in the two teams. It would be momentous to get anything out of Aston Villa and I fully expect us to be up against it.
"We'll give it everything we've got and we're looking forward to pitting our wits against a Premier League side away from home."
Aston Villa have won their last seven FA Cup ties against fourth-tier opposition, last losing to a side from that tier in 1972 - a 1-0 defeat at Southend in a first round game.
The Villains have progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup in six of the last seven seasons.
Villa also boast an excellent recent home record in the competition having won 10 of their last 11 at Villa Park, with their only defeat in this period a 1-2 loss to Sheffield United in a third round tie in January 2014.
The Chairboys knocked out a higher-ranked club in round two this season, with a 2-1 away win at Millwall.
Wycombe have travelled away to face top-flight opposition three times before in the FA Cup (W1 L2), famously winning 2-1 against Leicester City at Filbert Street in 2001 to reach the semi-finals.