Have you seen our next few fixtures? POLL

You’ve no doubt realised that I don’t generally get too carried away when it comes to the Villa.
I see and hear younger people saying they’re much more positive all the time and my daughter is a good example, where she was fairly convinced we’d beat Arsenal, which for me is always a very big ask.

No doubt it comes from witnessing years of disappointment, doesn’t it?
And hopefully the younger generations won’t have to suffer in the way us old ‘uns have.
Certainly things are looking very positive at the moment, with someone on here pointing out that we’ve beaten Liverpool, Leicester and Arsenal already.
That’s no mean feat for any club, let alone the Villa, who have long been the whipping boys for the top 6.

So with me already feeling pretty upbeat, it gave me great pleasure to read an article that actually listed our next seven games.
Here they are;

Nov 21 Villa – Brighton
Nov 30 West Ham – Villa
Dec 5 Villa – Newcastle
Dec 12 Wolves – Villa
Dec 15 Villa – Burnley
Dec 19 West Brom – Villa
Dec 26 Villa – Palace

Now the question is, given our excellent start up to now, how many of those look winnable?
I’ll be dead straight with you and frankly it terrifies me, because just the same as all of us, I’m worried about being too confident and just, well, you know, jinxing things.

I really shouldn’t say it, but looking at that list, I think six of those games are very winnable. I won’t say which one might be a step too far, but I suspect many of you can guess.
I’m kicking myself, telling myself I’m talking rubbish, but I keep looking at that list and I really can’t fault my thinking.
That’s some turnaround, when you consider how poor we were last season.

Okay, I’ll get more reasonable and say to myself that good things just don’t happen to us.
Realistically I’m going to say we will win four of those games.
That would put us on twenty seven points. Which is three quarters safe. At Christmas. How good would that be?
Yet I still think we will win more.

I haven’t considered any draws, so things might even be better.
But what a cracking run of games that is and it’s looking quite exciting for even a pretty miserable sod like me.

I won’t put a dampener on things and mention the games that follow, but we have to get the tough ones at some stage, I suppose.
And what a shame we’ve got another load of international games beforehand that no-one is the slightest bit interested in.

Never mind.
I know a few of you love a poll, so I’ll put one up and you can indicate how many points we’ll get in that run.


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    Bum Bum November 13, 2020 at 5:03 am . Reply

    So according to the BBC, which 2 players performed best in an England shirt last night?
    Our very own Jack and Tyrone!
    Well done lads!!!!

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    Bill Pearson.. November 13, 2020 at 6:13 am . Reply

    I’ll like that Bum Bum.

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    nath November 13, 2020 at 6:25 am . Reply

    i put myself watching england, first off it wasn’t that bad but against a tinpot country, secondly in southgates interview. it sounding like he has made jack the player he is today. he has had lots of conversations one on one with jack. telling him if he wants to be involved he needs to improve his states. more goals more assists.

    so all the hours jack has put in the gym. all the coaching he has received over the years at villa. sadly was not effective all it needed was a conversation from big nose. i supposed he is responsible for our form this season.

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      Hitchens60 November 13, 2020 at 7:36 am . Reply

      Don’t let him get to you Nath 🙂

      He’s just trying to justify why he’s now picking him – he can’t very well admit his previous refusal to acknowledge Grealish’ talent without claiming all the credit for his miraculous improvement.

      Must have hurt not being able to talk about Mount though 🙂

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        nath November 14, 2020 at 6:59 am . Reply

        yeah i will try not too hitch lol

        he does talk lots of sh it thou,it’s hard not too. if i was grealish or his parents i would be even more livid. grealish has put in lots of hours and his parents have had a massive sacrifices, but southgate wants all the credit. all he has done is talk to him.

        another thing southgate mentioned. he said he spoke last season too him, now look at his input, now hang on a minute he judges grealish on a villa campaign where we struggled back in premiership. jack was obviously gonna suffer being a creative player in a struggling team. but his development was already in process. we villa fans have been saying for years. now the country is taking note and england manager is taking the credit

        also too boot the utd speculations won’t go away. utd manager made grealish his number one target. but the board failed to land him. the fans wanted him but the club seemed to have other ideas. but week after arsenal beat utd lots of press and fans are demanding the club try to get grealish in the summer

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          Hitchens60 November 14, 2020 at 7:51 am . Reply

          If Villa continue to progress and JG continues to be part of the England set up he won’t be interested in going anywhere.

          He just signed a new five year contract – as I said if Sancho is being priced at £120m then how much would Villa want for him – £200m?

          Anyway, it’s just lazy journalism – press a button and regurgitate a great click bait story – or should that be fantasy?

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            nath November 14, 2020 at 8:29 am . Reply

            i agree hitch with most but its not all smoke no fire they do desire him. their fans are getting obsessed with him. they see us scoring goals like mad and they are struggling creatively. they are angry that they could have got him on the cheap now they are likely to pay well over 100.

            personally i feel jack can stay and achieve loads. utd are going nowhere fast only downwards.i hope he stays and i hope the owners keep on improving the team and squad and give jack no reason to want to leave

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    Hitchens60 November 13, 2020 at 7:37 am . Reply

    So, if Sancho is worth £120m …………

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      Tom November 13, 2020 at 10:59 am . Reply

      I’m saying an average 2 points per game and 14 points total from that list there! Yes this is the season for non top 4/6 but let’s also acknowledge the feeling of not hanging round the bottom 3 for a little longer.
      It does however look like things are falling into place for villa at a really convenient time.

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    Hitchens60 November 15, 2020 at 8:12 pm . Reply

    Watching England, I despair about today’s football. Rice wins the ball cleanly and De Bruyne kicks Rice’s foot after he wins the ball and Belgium are awarded a foul – why? If that’s the way of modern football then it’s bollocks.

    And, of course, Belgium score from the non foul free kick.

    Football is being destroyed by completely nonsense rules.

    Rant over

    Mind you the Nations League is a non event.

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    Holte66 November 15, 2020 at 9:46 pm . Reply

    Grealish was by far the best player on the pitch. My big worry is that it’s inevitable that a Man Citeh, Barcelona or Real Madrid will soon be offering £100m plus and then it will be almost impossible to hold onto him. As for the Nation’s League I despair!

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    Hitchens60 November 15, 2020 at 10:07 pm . Reply

    Grealish voted best player (again) by an absolute country mile with Mings second again!

    Agree with you Holte – whilst I’m made up for Jack it seems inevitable that the wolves will be ravening at the door. Whilst I believe our owners can resist the $ can Jack resist the opportunity to play for a Madrid or Barcelona or will he want to drive his beloved club to the top in Europe.

    It may come down to how the owners / manager sell the vision to him.

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    J November 15, 2020 at 10:25 pm . Reply

    Stop Press – Villa turn down offer from Barcelona to swop Messi plus £50m for Grealish 🙂

    Levi – eat your heart out 🙂

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      Hitchens60 November 15, 2020 at 10:29 pm . Reply

      Don’t know what happened there but ‘‘twas me!

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        Originallondonlion November 15, 2020 at 11:00 pm . Reply

        If you tell a big enough whopper Hitchens, your Tag line grows a Pinocchio nose, represented by J.

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          Hitchens60 November 16, 2020 at 7:56 am . Reply


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