Brentford – Villa; A draw written all over it

I’m really not sure that I have much to say that’s any different from what I’ve said in the last few weeks, to be honest.
It’s very much the same old, same old, where we just have to keep winning games if we’re to get a play-off place.
Yet we haven’t been achieving those wins and we’ve only got six points from our last five games.
How we’re still in the top six (via goal difference) is somewhat beyond me.

Yet we are where we are and it could definitely be worse.
Unfortunately, this is another Sky game, where I fully expect our poor run of televised games to continue.

The good news is I’ve done my tax returns and have the added bonus where I’m due a few quid back.
Which means, having subscribed for a one week Sky pass, I’ll be able to watch the game.

So what do we know?

Brentford sit in 12th place and their form is a bit better than ours, in having eight points from the last five games. The same as us, they’ve only lost once, so are obviously fairly tough to beat.

Squad-wise, Josh Clarke and Henrik Dalsgaard might be in contention to return tonight while Alan Judge continues to work his way back to full-fitness. Up front Lasse Vibe lasted an hour on Friday on his return from a three-week injury lay-off, so he might be doubtful.

On our part, Gabby is out (again), along with John Terry, Henri Lansbury, Chris Samba and Jonathan Kodjia.
Onomah might be available.
You can see Steve Bruce’s words in the Twitter timeline on the right of the page (or maybe not, as I’m seeing “media can’t be played?).

So I can’t see much changing team-wise, with the only question being will Bruce go with Jedinak as a central defender again after his poor showing in the last game?
We have Elphick available, but will Bruce use him? It might be good timing for him to put himself in the shop window, but I don’t see it, as much as it’s the pragmatic option.

Against my better judgement, I think Grealish will start, as he did at least offer something. I still don’t see that we have the team that suits his play, but there you go.
It seems Hogan will start too, as the manager has been talking about how it’s his time and as much as I’d like him to come good, I just don’t see that either.

Prediction time then and I’m going for the draw, as I really don’t see much else.
Brentford are tough to beat, we don’t look much like scoring and we’re on Sky again, where it seems we never win.
Then add in that they beat us 3-0 last season and I certainly don’t see us winning.

Which all in all sees me a bit depressed and longing for the days where we could strongly expect a win.

I’m tempted to say 0-0, but I’ll go for the 1-1.


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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson December 27, 2017 at 1:39 pm .

    Here we go, all the bull shit coming out from Bruce, he’s just as angry as the fans and understand why, the guys unbelievably a idiot, we have a week before it’s critical, what planet is he from.

  2. Andrew
    Andrew December 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm .

    He tweeted: “A hectic work and business travel schedule month. Just recovering from one week serious flu. No(t) enough free time and most time inaccessible to Twitter. Hopefully it will also end the ‘disaster month’ with a win! Time to recovery!”

    Xia’s tweet. Pretty much assures Bruce won’t be sacked yet. When you’re in the game for 20 years and blame injuries and expectations from fans, you’re utterly pathetic, especially knowing what you’re getting yourself into.

    1. nath
      nath December 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm .

      this is not the news that will end this nightmare. injuries have been cruel nobody can doubt that. but injuries alone are not the reason for the chaos which is happening every game now. they have been getting worse game by game. so our immediate future is bleak.

      i watched middlesbrough against wednesday monks last game,they were second best first half, but still had the better chances. second half they stepped it up and were easily the better team. pulis will give them a automatic lift, if we play like we have, we don’t have a glimmer of a chance. middlesbro are a strong unit strong all over the field.

      we don’t have a ounce of confidence, work rate, organisation or skills to hurt them or anybody. we are dead men walking. bruce won’t last out this year. dr x will have to act or maybe bruce will walk after a heavy defeat saturday,

  3. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson December 27, 2017 at 7:05 pm .

    Just read that tweet , another good news Terry at bodymore, training with the first team and may be back for the game, still one man won’t make that much difference would it.

    1. nath
      nath December 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm .

      terry back is a wonderful plus. but doubt he can rattle the troops for another effort. looking at the villa players faces and those of the brenford players. difference was night and day. villa players looked disinterested and scared. brentford players were happy and laughing. obviously at the state of the villa defence.

      mistakes are littered all over the pitch. they are individual errors as well very hard to eradicate. been happening for months and getting worse. snowballing affect. yesterday we made 10 to 20 basic errors that is too many for 10 games never-mind one

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