And I’ll bet I get this one right, one way or the other.
I’m being somewhat flippant, but the truth is I haven’t a clue as to how this one is going to go.
Bruce making a total bollocks of it against Peterborough leaves me wondering what the hell he thinks and the truth is I now have very little faith in him if he thought making 10 changes would see us through.
I still think the squad’s good enough, but you can’t make wholesale changes like that and expect much.
Yes, he’s probably concentrating on the league, but throwing games isn’t or shouldn’t be what the Villa are about.
At least, that’s not how I perceive us and us being in the second league has nothing to do with anything.
Even if we aren’t that good, we should be better than that.
Still, I’ll leave it there and you should by now, know my thoughts.
Tomorrow’s game then and we know it’ll be back to normal with the usual X1, because Bruce only changes it up if he has too, doesn’t he?
Which coincidentally are the only times he makes the right moves, it would seem.
The big question is will John Terry walk straight back in?
And my money says he definitely shouldn’t, given that he seemed nowhere near ready last week, by most accounts.
But I’d bet he will.
Because Bruce likes his favourites.
I could possibly rattle on about how Karanka is a more defensive-minded manager, who will try to tighten Forest up at the back.
But it doesn’t really matter, because as I’ve said previously, by Bruce’s own admission, he doesn’t “do” tactics and just relies on his players to find a way.
This is wearing thin with me, but I still trust that he somehow has the nous to get some kind of result.
I’m going for a 1-1.
But I suspect this won’t be enough in the fan’s eyes, after throwing the FA cup away so cheaply.
Every game is a must win when it comes to the Villa, but Bruce hasn’t helped himself in the slightest, in my opinion and will deserve everything he gets, should we lose this one.