Swansea – Villa; Preview

I trust you all had a good Christmas?
Mine was busy, but not as hectic as usual.

Boxing day has come around again then and the lads are up against Swansea in a match that intrigues me, in that I really don’t have a clue about how I think it’s going to go.

In that typical biased football fan approach, I always perceive the Villa as a much bigger club than Swansea and even though we probably are, we don’t have a very good record against them.
We’ve only beaten them once in our last six meetings, having drawn three and lost the other two.

Our form over the last few games is good, depending on how you look at it.
We’ve only lost one in our last seven games, but at the same time we’ve only won two in our last thirteen or so.
Basically, we’ve become a lot tougher to beat and I don’t see many goals today.

We’ve got some good news, with Hutton being available. Gabby is up for selection after having his red card rescinded and Tom Cleverley is also available.
You can bet your boots that all three will be picked, as I’ve given up on Lambert changing anything round.
Kieran Richardson is still banned, but I’m not really sure that’s a bad thing, as he has yet to convince me of anything.

I can’t say I’ve seen much of Swansea, but they do have a couple of dangerous players, the obvious being Wilfried Bony, who could be back today after being “rested” in last week’s win against Hull.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leon Britton and Jefferson Montero are all back from injuries.

Given that I don’t think there are going to be many goals today, the really big player for us has got to be Christian Benteke. It seems like he’s in very decent form and he’s definitely my favourite for us to score.
It’s quite worrying how he’s become our “go to” option and although our football has been better of late, I still find myself wondering who’s going to score if Benteke doesn’t?

I’m not going to bother writing our lineup, because we all know pretty much what it’ll be.
The only question for me is which combination of midfielders will Lambert go with?

My prediction?
Well, I only see a goal in it either way and I suppose I have to be optimistic.

One-nil to Villa.


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  1. Benno
    Benno December 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm . Reply

    Ive stopped watching post match interviews as I know exactly what he will say. I’m interested to see what he does now he cant play Gabby next week. Also, he will have to decide which one of the defenders misses out, and judging from yesterday he may move Clark to LB.

  2. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee December 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm . Reply

    I’m in the Lower Holte tomorrow row o UTV

  3. Andrew
    Andrew December 27, 2014 at 11:18 pm . Reply

    Lambert admits we’re in a relegation fight… Wow, he’s a genius.

    GIDDYVILLAN December 28, 2014 at 10:25 am . Reply

    No mackem preview???????

  5. nath
    nath December 28, 2014 at 11:55 am . Reply

    villa ‘s game at swansea, i thought was close, the game was played in crap conditions and both teams struggled with them, but overall the match swung on our goalie failure to deal with a free kick, which he moved away from where the ball was heading. their goalie made a wonderful save from benteke bullet header near the end.

    we cry for lumping it forwards to benteke and now we cry cos we have positive possession stats, we were trying to play one twos in the final third, we created danger in the swans defense, we pinned swans back. i was happy with the performance, gutted we lost, but if we continue to play this style, add some quality players to open up defenses, we will be no where near the bottom 5

    2days game is gonna be more important, there are a few important games coming up, sunderland were brilliant in the derby and unlucky against hull. so we will have to be on our game. but i see villa winning

    3, 1 benteke(2) vlaar

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