Carabou cup; Villa – Stoke

You know a cup competition has been so devalued, that it’s almost worthless, when there’s practically no mention of tonight’s game in the news.
It’s a massive shame as it’s a competition that brings back some of my best ever memories of being a Villa fan.
Was I the only one who got down on my hands and knees in response to Tony Butler’s request to “get yer prayer mats out” in the run-up to our second replay against Everton, for instance?
I doubt it.
Heh, the things footy does to you, eh?

So over the years I’ve forgot about and had to read up on the format.
It’s seven rounds and we had a bye in the first one.
We’ve won two and if we win tonight, we’ll be in the quarter finals, which to me makes things very interesting.
It’s easy to say the competition is a waste of time, but it’s not like we’ve had to put much effort in to get this far is it?

And I think we’ll definitely win tonight, simply because we’re on a roll and Stoke er, aren’t. Actually that’s not strictly true, as they beat Wolves in the second round of the cup a couple of weeks back and won away at Preston at the weekend.
Not that I’m bothered. It might be a bit tougher than I imagined on the face of it, but I’m supremely confident that we’ll be in the hat for the quarters.

At least I would be if I knew we were going to play our strongest eleven.
Which we won’t.

Ross Barkley is cup tied, so we won’t be seeing him and he’s about the only change I might have expected from the squad that faced Bristol City in the last round anyway.
Whether it’s to give some of the second string minutes to keep them in trim should they be needed in the league or maybe a last once over by the management team before getting moved on, there’s little reason to change things just yet, in my opinion.

I actually found my password for one of the betting sites a couple of days back and was tempted to have a tenner on this one.
They don’t give much away do they?
7/4 on for the win I’m seeing.
It’s hardly worth the hassle, so I don’t think I’ll bother.

Hmm, a second glance shows I can get 15/2 for a 2-1 win and that’s much more like it.
I’m not really a betting man, but that would definitely spice things up a bit and if I do bother that’s what I’ll go for, because that’s my prediction.
You can guarantee that’s wrong then.

I thought this would be on Sky tonight, but it’s not so I don’t know how that will leave the streaming situation.

Whatever, I’d love us to progress and actually win the thing. It’s the closest we’re realistically getting to silverware this season, after all.


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    Holte66 October 3, 2020 at 1:08 pm .

    It seems a pay off might be the only way to offload a few more players unfortunately. The likes of Lansbury on premier wages but only likely to attract championship clubs is a problem we have created. I would imagine another 3 or 4 need to go and I expect one more arrival if that happens.

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    Bill Pearson.. October 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm .

    Yes the termination of Twitter was because abuse to them, why do fans do that personally? We have our say on the site about performance but not directly to them . As you said Badger Jota gone , he only did 16 games but not aggressive enough or should I say lightweight on the pitch.

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    nath October 3, 2020 at 6:23 pm .

    scouting leeds for us lol

    they are high energy team, which play man for man. they press very high and play out from the back all the time. you can see why they are doing well like sheff utd done last season they play a usual style.

    how to beat them ? well winning your dwell is a start. if they play man for man you can create panic if you can beat you man this will mean another leeds man will have to leave his man to stop the break. also they are attacking with 7 or 8 leaving two back on the halfway so balls and pace in behind will be a must / counter attacking with pace.

    tough game for sure but thats after we beat pool and foxes lmao

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      nath October 3, 2020 at 7:32 pm .

      was a very entertaining game leeds /city they went toe to toe for most the game, except or the opening 20 minutes that is where city should have won the game with their dominance, leeds will be a tough game for sure for anybody this season. they play a man for man system which and press high which is a winning combination not many teams can play against, they turn over possession lots doing this and very high field position too.

      only thing that combats that is players like grealish mcgin and our new guy in midfield love driving runs. also pace on the counter and pace up front will unsettle them. still i enjoyed that game was a blast from the past when games where all like this

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    nath October 3, 2020 at 9:23 pm .

    westwood slotted a nice volley to equalise. turned into a nice premiership player.

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    Bill Pearson.. October 4, 2020 at 7:24 am .

    Samatta scored both goals in Fererbatche game , they won 2-1 . Nice start.

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      Bum Bum October 4, 2020 at 7:59 am .

      Hmmm… I see a pattern emerging. Average player leaves Villa. Does really well at next team.

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    Holte66 October 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm .

    Samatta seemed like a good January signing before the lockdown. Post lockdown however he didn’t seem up to speed. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does well now he has left. Whether he would eventually have scored goals in the premier league is debatable.

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    Holte66 October 4, 2020 at 1:48 pm .

    Watching West Ham take Leicester apart and Jarrod Bowen looks the real deal. I’ve been impressed with his displays since he signed. We were supposedly linked with him. Rumours are that he is a Villa fan so obvious talk that he would join us. Unfortunately we wasted a lot of money last season on foreign players recommended by Suso. I think Benrahma would be equally as good as Bowen so let’s hope we can get him in before he joins Palace and we regret it.

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