Southampton – Villa; I’m sick of saying it but……

it’s yet another massive game.
And one that I think might really be a season maker or breaker, as opposed to the Spurs game.

Southampton’s home record is truly appalling and it’s the reason they are where they are in the league.
In 13 games, they’ve won only three, drawn two and lost eight according to footystats.
Actually, I’d recommend you have a glance at that site, as it makes for interesting reading.
While we have the worst record for conceding goals in the league and that’s partly the reason, we have the second highest goals per game ratio.
At least we’re entertaining if you’re a neutral fan.

Anyway, the point is that Southampton playing at home actually gives them a 19% disadvantage compared to playing away which is somewhat strange, albeit it makes sense because they’re a decent counter-attacking side.

Squad status then and the good news for us is that Mings should go straight back in defence, probably in place of Engels.

As for Southampton, Kyle Walker-Peters, Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond are all unavailable.

Those Southampton home statistics give me encouragement, but we all know we’re probably the best club in the whole English game for bringing poor runs of any kind to an end for the opposition.

The fact that Southampton counter well worries me though, given our horrendous defence and it’s likelyhood in making a costly mistake at any time. Couple this with the fact that either the team or the management, or probably both don’t understand what “see the game out” means and well, I’m a lot more than worried.

Still, I was listening to radio WM on the way home from work and the question was “would you be be happy with a point?”.
And I’m really not sure I would.

I’d have been happy with a point at home to Spurs, but feel this is a game where we really ought and really need to get all three.
The problem I have is that I keep thinking that if we can’t beat these with that home record, then who can we beat?
Not that our away record is any good.

I suspect this game has something like a 2-2 draw written all over it.
But I can’t contemplate us drawing, let alone losing this one.

Hence I’m going for a 2-1 win.

If we don’t get it, I suspect I’m going to be feeling pretty downbeat tomorrow afternoon.
Meaning it might actually be fortunate in that I won’t have to witness it, because I’m working.


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  1. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 February 22, 2020 at 8:06 pm . Reply

    Why is it that we do the same every match…get in the shit and finally change things and then Jack sits on the half way line and for 90% of the time we flaff around going side side side then back to GK and he blast it forwards….did the unthinkable today….turned off all footie at 85 minutes…just too painfull.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 February 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm . Reply

      Fortunately, I lost the stream at the start of the second half and couldn’t get it back – saved me turning it off 🙂

  2. Holte66
    Holte66 February 22, 2020 at 9:02 pm . Reply

    At least we will be the Man Utd of the Championship next season. The ship has long since sailed about our chances of becoming a force in the top league. We are all deluded if we think otherwise. Wolves are bigger than us right now! We had an opportunity in 2010 but Lerner pulled the plug and left us to sink. We have wealthy owners but FFP ties their hands whereby we are struggling to match wages of teams like Burnley because we are still in FFP standards 2/3 championship level. This is why we have ended up with mainly championship players. Our owners simply cannot buy their way to success. I think we all agree that Suso and Terry have proved failures in their roles. As for Smith, it’s a results business and after we have been annihilated by Citeh in the final, calls for his sacking will increase dramatically.

  3. Jdoyle
    Jdoyle February 22, 2020 at 9:02 pm . Reply

    What this shower of absolute dogshite doing same old shite in all me years never ever seen such a shower of absolute shite even bruce at least tried to make us not concede this utter dinosaur clown cant get us defending and cant get us attacking. What is Tery doing on second thoughts hes probably doing more coaching in a players wifes bedroom because he definitely cant be teaching defending.

    This dinosuar needs to go now, at least get big fat sam in for remainder of season at least he will make us solid to beat and then if we stay up get a younger manager in who was at least born nearer the 2000s than nearer the end of world war one.

    As for the players hoe oh how do we manage to do it time and time again we take players pay big money they end up like theyve never seen a football beflre let aline kicked one. Then we let them go for nothing and then they have a magical transformation again into a half decent footballer what is going on at this club I cant take it anymore.

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