I’ve said previously that I thought we’d be able to beat Palace, Everton and West Ham.
I’ve also said that this is a game that I don’t think we can win. I’m sorry to say I still think that applies.
It’s typical of Villa’s luck, that Arsenal, who have been reasonably mediocre by their standards have now gone on a bit of a roll and are in very good form.
It doesn’t help that they’re still very much in the running to qualify for the Europa league, although this might have been pushed to the back of the players’ minds now that they’ve qualified for the FA cup final.
You’d expect that any of their players picked will be playing for a place at Wembley, so I’m certainly not expecting them to give us an easy time of it.
Still, I’m not exactly the world’s best at predicting games and there’s every chance I’m wrong.
It’s not like Arsenal are unbeatable by any means and they have actually lost 9 of the 36 games they’ve played this season.
And then I’m struggling for positives. Clutching at straws, if you like.
Because I just don’t think we have a hope in hell of beating Arsenal, not in a month of sundays.
Where is the goal, let alone goals going to come from?
And who is going to step up and have a blinder at the back, saving the day from what will probably be a fair old onslaught?
There isn’t anyone, is there?
Even Jack Grealish, our one man team, doesn’t seem to be able to produce anything of note lately.
Dean Smith rightly pointed out that he’s due a goal though and it would be great if he could get one to pinch the points in what will possibly be his last game at Villa Park as a Villa player.
We’ll know the Watford score before we kick off, but I think it really won’t matter too much.
We’ve probably done pretty well to drag it out this far, but I think today we’ll see our number is up.