Preston – Villa; Bring it on!

I’ve just read an interesting stat that says today’s game will be the first we’ve played against a lower half of the table team in nearly two months.
If that’s so, it just confirms my thinking that we’ve done pretty well recently.

It seems today’s game is about injuries as much as anything, with the Villa having four players, in Jack Grealish, Axel Tuanzebe, Neil Taylor and Henri Lansbury all out. Callum O’Hare is also expected to be unavailable.
That said, given that two of those were very unlikely to feature anyway, I don’t think that’s too bad.
While it shows how important Grealish and Tuanzebe are for us, I’d hardly call it a crisis, as our injury list seems to be being portrayed.

If you disagree with that, fair enough, but my point is that we’ve done ok without them.
To put things in perspective, Preston will be missing nine senior players, with Ben Davies, Callum Robinson, Brandon Barker, Sean Maguire, Josh Harrop and Billy Bodin and more, all unavailable.
That list definitely seems to have affected their form and they’ve struggled recently, with 2 wins, a draw and 3 defeats (including 2 at home) in their last six.
One of those wins was away to Forest, but it seems the Reds are on the verge of sacking Karanka, so that’s probably not saying much.

Which all in all, while I hate to count my chickens, makes this look like a definite win for us.
Of course you never know, but 3 points is the logical outcome and I just think that with our attack, we’ll just have too much for them to handle.
That’s becoming a bit of a re-curring theme lately, but I don’t care.
It makes a pleasant change to be on a roll of optimism.

Plus this is exactly the sort of game we have to win if we’re to prove our promotion credentials.

A prediction then and I think we’ll score more than 1.
2-1 to us, but I’ll take any win.

74 Comments

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  1. Badger123 December 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm .

    Blatently obvious we’re going more down the middle now.

  2. VillaAwayInDiv3 December 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm .

    need some ball in the area then some shots….

  3. Pat 57 December 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm .

    Norwich beating Derby!. COYL just give us a goal

  4. Holte66 December 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm .

    Whelan off and we have sprung to life judging by the commentary. Is it obvious that I think he’s s**t

    1. Badger123 December 29, 2018 at 4:47 pm .

      Lol, yes.
      Not been his sort of game today.

  5. Badger123 December 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm .

    Spurs 1-3 Wolves.

  6. Badger123 December 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm .

    Bjarnason misses a sitter nearly on the line.
    It’s not going to be our day.

  7. Pat 57 December 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm .

    See the floodlights at Norwich have stopped working. That could be a very late result

  8. VillaAwayInDiv3 December 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm .

    Harrys Nan would have got that one

  9. VillaAwayInDiv3 December 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm .

    Whelan off…Conor sitting in front of defence and Ice man up leading midfield.

  10. Bill Pearson December 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm .

    What a Plonker Villa.

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