Blues – Villa; Here we go again. VOTE for the winner

And it is of course, the Blue’s fA cup final once again.
Only this time I feel it’s more interesting than usual.
Blues have a really poor record against us over the last 15 games or so, but while they’re usually fairly tight games, I feel this game will probably be closer than ever.
Blues have a very decent attacking threat, with Che Adams firing on all cylinders.
But then, we have Tammy Abraham, who can also bang them away.

I can’t say I know anything about Blue’s defence, but we do know we have a shortage at the back.
I’ve seen talk about Jedinak coming in at centre back to replace Elphick, but I don’t think that will happen for one minute. He’s too immobile and I’m sure Smith sees it.
So Hause, who’s actually looked pretty decent at left back recently, will surely take the left CB position, alongside Mings.
Which leaves us wondering who will play at left back.

Taylor is the natural choice, but I don’t believe Dean Smith has much faith in him.
Then I’ve read that John McGinn might play left back, as that’s the position he actually started his playing career at.
This actually makes some sense, as his engine would be useful for getting up and down the wing, hopefully nullifying the pressure that Taylor would face if he were to be targeted. McGinn could also cut inside and assist the mids, if needed.
But I think Smith much prefers to play round pegs in round holes.
Hence Taylor will probably get to start, if I had to guess.

Which, given that I think this game revolves around the midfield, makes things interesting. Where does McGinn fit in?

Whelan and Hourihane did quite well last week and it would be harsh if we were to drop either of them.
Hourihane, while I think he’s lightweight as a defensive mid, so he offers options if we’re attacking.
Whereas Whelan has controlled games lately. He’s also more of a battler, which should prove invaluable tomorrow.
We know Grealish will definitely start and that leaves Smith with a big, but very pleasant problem.

I think the best solution is that McGinn will start on the bench and come on to replace any weak link in the middle.
My opinion says that if players are showing decent form, they shouldn’t be displaced unless there’s a reason.
That’s harsh on McGinn too, but I feel if he were to come on with say, half an hour to go, his undoubted energy could add a lot to our game and give us an edge.
I know little about Blue’s midfield, except that it was struggling earlier in the season. Gardner’s apparently been playing well for them and hopefully it’s a positive that he’s not eligible for this game, as much as Blues asked if we’d let him play, the cheeky scrotes.

So there we are.
I’m sure I don’t need to go through our squad status and I couldn’t care less about theirs.

The truth is, I don’t know what to think about this game.
As much as I think we were good against Derby, so I thought they were incredibly poor and it made us look better than we were.
And I look back at previous games where I didn’t think we were too clever either.
But the big difference now is that we have Jack back and it seems he has the ability to transform us.

I think if we play to our best, we’ll have too much for Birmingham.
But if we resort to the previous form before Derby, we might struggle.

I think I have to go for the draw.
1-1 it is.

I’m adding a poll, so lets see what we think.


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    DSVilla March 10, 2019 at 12:51 pm .

    Truly dreadful game.

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      Hitchens60 March 10, 2019 at 12:54 pm .

      On a truly dreadful pitch

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    Hitchens60 March 10, 2019 at 12:53 pm .

    We seem to be having a problem with the bouncing ball on a hard pitch but even then we haven’t really started. I think Taylor is being left exposed by El Ghazi who doesn’t track back and is too easily knocked off the ball. I would replace him with McGinn and go 4-4-2 but then what do I know.

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      DSVilla March 10, 2019 at 1:02 pm .

      El Ghazi is too lightweight for this game. McGinn might be a better bet though he could easily get sent off in this game, even in 45 mins!
      We have missed decent chances and it could come back to bite us. I’ll just be glad when the game is over. I’m not enjoying it at all.

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 March 10, 2019 at 1:03 pm .

    Ha ha..Lee Hendrie going for a fine …points deducted…closing the ground and putting Blues into the combination….LOL

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    Bill Pearson March 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm .

    Same here DS, a lot going on with players as well, eats hope second half gets better for us.

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    Guest March 10, 2019 at 1:14 pm .

    Get Whelan off now.

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    DSVilla March 10, 2019 at 1:18 pm .

    We are just hitting it long every chance we get. Clearly trying to avoid the mess in midfield but it isn’t working at the moment

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    Bill Pearson March 10, 2019 at 1:26 pm .

    Mcginn on Whelan off Green on .

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    Bill Pearson March 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm .

    Grealish goal

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    Bill Pearson March 10, 2019 at 1:33 pm .

    Green and Mcginn have made a difference.

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    Bill Pearson March 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm .

    Grealish off Bjarnason on , think that’s because Gardener is gunning for Grealish.

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