Tomorrow we face Liverpool at Anfield. This is our first major test of the season to gauge where we really are in terms of how good the team really is.
The past 2 seasons we have done well against the odds at Anfield with Benteke and Weimann running riot. Last season we were very unlucky not to win but in typical Villa fashion we panicked when we went 2.0 up and snatched a draw from the jaws of victory!!
Tomorrow Sturridge is out which is a big plus but with a world class player like Balottelli likely to start they will have plenty of goals in them. Add to this we are without our talisman Benteke without an adequate replacement it does not bode well for us.
It is vital we start well as Liverpool come flying out the blocks in the first ten mins and better teams than us have gone 2-3.0 down in the blink of an eye. If we can keep in the game at 0.0 for the first half hour then who knows but in all likely hood we will get beat comfortably as they have far too much talent up front for our defence to handle.
I am going 3.1 to Liverpool.