Well, I hope everyone has had a good Christmas. My partner and I have enjoyed ours; very quiet, just as we wanted.
I didn’t do a write-up on the Sheffield game, but I was basically gutted and just didn’t want to think about it. Typical bloody Villa. Beat Man City and Arsenal and then go and lose to that load of rubbish, who even Luton have managed to beat tonight.
It’s just what we’ve always done for decades though, isn’t it?
As is often said amongst Villa fans, “it’s the hope that kills you”, and it’s this which probably makes some of us seem so pessimistic and not able to 100% believe. I mean, as much as I was confident of beating them, so, along with most I did make a big point of it being a banana skin game.
The good part was that we didn’t actually lose, as much as it felt like it, but I do wonder how that result and the Forest loss might look at the end of the season.
Anyway, onward and upward it is.
And I actually feel more confident that we’ll win tonight than I did against Sheffield.
Which is just nuts.
With our history against them it should be impossible to feel any confidence at all.
Yet I honestly do. I’m setting myself up for heartbreak, I know, but I’ve been saying for a couple of years now that Utd are totally rubbish.
I’m sure I heard somewhere that they’ve lost over half their games this season, which says a lot about them.
Add in that I think Ten fags will set up with a low block against little Villa and it says even more.
I can’t see them coming at us, because we’ll beat them even easier, in my opinion.
Team news and it’s out;
Martinez, Konsa, Carlos, Lenglet, Digne, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Dendoncker, Bailey, Ramsey, Watkins.
Subs: Marschall, Proctor, Chambers, Moreno, Zaniolo, Duran, Diaby, Pau Torres, Iroegbunam.
We all know the state of injuries and suspensions, I’m sure.
Man U have dropped McTominay, but Rashford is back.
I really couldn’t care less, to be honest, as I firmly believe they’re just a club in decline and Ten fags will only be saved from the sack because no decent manager wants to touch the club.
These clickbait news sites might think they’re being clever in saying the likes of Emery would go there, but there’s not a hope in hell in reality.
Why would anyone want that poison chalice job?
So what to think?
Well, I don’t see too many goals.
Man U will be out to try and limit us, so it’s one or two goals to us.
I do see them getting one, if only because they haven’t scored in 4 games.
So that’s it then. Given that I think we’re going to win, it has to be 2-1.
The only worry is, if they do play the low block (I prefer “park the bus” myself. Where do all these recent sayings come from?), we might struggle to break them down.
Hopefully, Emery has a plan. Fortunately Cash won’t be involved, as much as I thouroughly dislike Konsa getting nosebleeds in playing so high as the opponent’s second half.
Should I put a few bob on it, I wonder?