The truth is there’s absolutely nothing to talk about lately apart from links to players that are probably never going to happen and the usual official site public relations type stuff, where players tell each other how good they are. I can’t be doing with that sort of stuff and prefer to stick with facts.
I could have gone into the latest accounts, but frankly don’t think much of those either. I’ll just say that in my opinion, all the bad things were purposely raised this year to make things look better for next year, which is when I think Randy Lerner will be more likely to be looking to sell.
That’s just my opinion though and it really doesn’t interest me much.
Things are much of a muchness and there’s nothing happening, in other words.
So, looking for my Villa “fix”, I turned to the run in for this season and it’s quite interesting.
Let’s look at the rest of March:
Aston Villa V Chelsea Sat 15 Mar
Aston Villa V Stoke Sun 23 Mar
Man Utd V Aston Villa Sat 29 Mar
Quite simply, I don’t see us getting much out of these.
Chelsea are just too resolute, maybe a draw against Stoke and even though I believe Man U are pretty dire, I just don’t see us getting anything.
Pretty bleak there then and one solitary point, where we’ll probably be dragged into the brown stuff for a while.
Onto April then and things should look better here;
Aston Villa V Fulham Sat 5 Apr
Crystal Palace V Aston Villa Sat 12 Apr
Aston Villa V Southampton Sat 19 Apr
Swansea V Aston Villa Sat 26 Apr
This is the month that really grieves me and at the same time demonstrates how far we’ve fallen.
A few seasons back, I’d have been licking my lips and fully expecting 12 points, while accepting 9 or 10.
This time round, who knows?
We seem to struggle against teams around us. Fulham can’t buy a win, but we’re at home. Palace have improved and we might scratch a draw. Southampton should be a decent game with goals, but could go any way, imo. Swansea, well, I’d expect 3 points there.
Would my expecting 7 points be unreasonable? It really shouldn’t be.
And then onto May;
Aston Villa V Hull Sat 3 May
Tottenham V Aston Villa Sun 11 May
I’ll actually go for the win against Hull, it’s just a hunch. But nothing against Spurs.
So 3 points there.
I haven’t included the Man City game, as I don’t know when it is, but see us getting nothing there, so it doesn’t really matter.
So 11 points to be had then, which should see us pretty comfortable on 42 points, which would make my bet with “B6” (finishing above/below 12th) seem very much in the balance. And somewhat deceptive, given that I think we’ve been decidely poor up to now, on the whole.
I’m not asking for your game by game predictions, but more your thoughts about if you think I’m in the ballpark or not.
Roll on Saturday and up the Villa!