Villa – Blues; the big one again….. Vote as to who will win

There you go, it’s right at the top of the post, so you can vote and don’t have to read my prattle if you don’t want to.

I have to confess that I’m worried about this one.
We’ve had a great run in winning six games out of six and when you’re having such a good run, thoughts have to turn to when that run will eventually end, as it surely has to.

Unfortunately, Blues seem to have turned their very poor form around and they’ve won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six, while also scoring a lot of goals compared to previously in the season.
Couple this with the fact that I’m not so Gung-ho in my thinking these days and I see this very much as a major banana skin that we need to avoid, if we’re to continue in our challenge for second in the league.

It’s not that I think Blues are as good as us, it’s just the fact that it’s a derby, where we all know the odd simple mistake can decide the game.

So what do we know?

We’re in very good nick, with only the usual long-term sufferers being out.
Lewis Grabben has trained this week, so might get a few minutes, depending on how the game goes, but you’d have to expect that Steve Bruce will yet again make very few, if any at all, changes to the starting eleven.

On the Blues’ part (and I really couldn’t care less) full-back Jonathan Grounds is out with a knee injury.
Winger Jacques Maghoma might make it, after missing the last couple of weeks with a groin problem.

None of it really matters, as it’s all about who wants it the most when it comes to the second city derby, in my opinion.

We’re the better/bigger club, by a mile.
We have the better first X1 and squad.
We have the better everything; it’s as simple as that.
As we all know.

But it means nothing, as derbies are on a level only equalled by the FA cup, in that everything goes out the window.
Where the result can massively inflate/deflate a club’s confidence either way.

That said, the bookies have us as odds-on favourites and they’re no mugs.
And as much as I’m worried about this one, so I refuse to think that the scum can beat us on our own patch.

I’m going for a 2-1 win.
I don’t give a toss who gets the goals and I don’t care how we go about it.
As long as we out-work and out-fight the toe-rags.

The word is that Steve Bruce is hoping to be at the game, after the sad loss of his father, combined with his mother’s ill health.
He has my sincere condolences and I suspect he will indeed make it, purely because he won’t be able to resist such an interesting game. That, plus work takes your mind off things, I’ve found.

Fingers crossed for that Villa win.

UTV!

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  1. Bill Pearson February 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm . Reply

    If it stays that way we still keep our second spot. Owen spot on mate keep up them predictions right so far, utv.

  2. VillaAwayInDiv3 February 13, 2018 at 9:39 pm . Reply

    Both 2 nil…….could have been a worse night…..

  3. Andrew February 16, 2018 at 3:44 am . Reply

    Appears we’ve hired another academy coach. Brian Eastick who looks to be leaving his Al Jazira technical director position. Former U19 and U20 England manager, rebuilt the shit’s academy from scratch over 7 years and was made academy manager and head coach by Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle.

    Also it seems our finances are out.

    https://7500toholte.sbnation.com/2018/2/15/17017892/aston-villas-latest-accounts-show-good-news-and-bad-news

  4. DSVilla February 16, 2018 at 2:32 pm . Reply

    We need to go up this year. That is looking more likely now than at any point in the season. Let’s hope we can keep the run going. A point at Fulham would probably suffice.

    On the subject of our run. There has been plenty of praise for Bruce. I think it’s no coincidence that our good run has coincided with the arrival of Agnew. The football is better. The performance against Blues, even allowing for the fact they are poor, was one of the most controlled I have seen in a Villa Blues derby.

    Certainly you must add the resurgence of Grealish to that. He has something that nobody else in the squad has.

    My view on Bruce hasn’t changed, but at least he finally got a decent coach in so I’m thankful that he recognised our shortcomings. Took his time though.

  5. Holte 66 February 16, 2018 at 6:47 pm . Reply

    Tomorrow’s game won’t be a disaster if we lose due to amassing 21 points from last 7 games. It would be a good result if we drew to keep Fulham at arms length. It will be our home form particularly that will us into top 2. It’s no coincidence that a team staying injury free with players breathing down their neck is the biggest reason for our upturn. Creativity was a problem before Grealish returned, and add to that Agnews appointment, and we can all start to dream again.

  6. Hitchens60 February 16, 2018 at 8:07 pm . Reply

    Concerned that Grealish and Odamah are doubts for tomorrow – can we afford to lose either let alone both for such a crucial game.

    DS Villa – I think we owe Bruce more than you are willing to concede. Just look at Hull and Sunderland – we could easily have been in the same position last season but for Bruce coming in and firstly shoring up the team and then changing the mentality within the club. He’s also done brilliantly in the transfer market with no money (net spend around £2.5m) and helped to deliver a massive improvement in our financial position.

  7. nath February 16, 2018 at 8:53 pm . Reply

    i think villa have been playing with fire this season. we could have fallen quite easily. this form we are displaying now. is down to number of things one being confidence, pressure was getting the better of the squad injuries etc it was becoming a dead weight around our necks.

    bruce and his staff must reap the praise, they have taken the flak away from the playing individuals. so the players have been able to not feel the pressures. its too easy to say its the new coach. he has added something but only to complete the rest. grealish is another MAJOR factor he is miles above championship lvl. other teams can not live with his awareness his vision and ability to attack space in tight areas and behind defenses.

    also hogan i feel needs a mention because he has taken loads of shit too. he has worked hard on his game to fit in to villa lack of creativity at the start of this run. he has tried to work the channels more and hold the ball up which he is not known for. grealish returning has meant more creativity and hogans has flourished.

    finally i thing bruce has assembled a hungry squad each player around the squad has added. if we get injuries i feel confident we have good cover. famous last words

  8. Bill Pearson February 16, 2018 at 9:17 pm . Reply

    Well one things for sure you sound better Nath, Badger posted a new blog and he’s working again , must love his work I pushed big wheels and worked nights one thing I didn’t do is miss the night games, how?I went in after each game the drove to the docks.hey ho, converted the owner he went with me he was a pompy supporter. We must have Grealish in tomorrow he’s our driving force if he don’t l thing we will struggle.UTV.

  9. Bill Pearson February 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm . Reply

    Not Villa Wigan beat Man city. 1-0

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