Villa – Bournemouth; would you take a draw for this one? POLL

Yes, I know.
On the face of it, it’s a really negative question.
But I’ve just been reading the Birmingham Mail (or Live, whatever) where their new Villa correspondent, Ashley Preece, is writing his usual incredibly over-optimistic views of anything Villa related.
Don’t get me wrong. Let me say straight out that I love the optimism.
It’s just that my experience tells me that if you expect a neutral outcome or even disappointment, you’ll feel a hell of a lot better if things exceed that.
That and the disappointment doesn’t hurt quite so much as it would otherwise.

So, with my approach in mind, I wondered how we’d feel if we were to draw this game?

Ashley informs us that this is a total sell-out and a quick check at the on-line ticket office seems to confirm this. That’s great, as Bournemouth aren’t usually such a big pull and it shows that if you can entertain the fans, they’ll turn out in droves.
Roll on the stadium expansion, if things go our way over the next couple of seasons (temper that expectation, Badger).

Ash goes on to say how Villa Park will be a cauldron if the players work their guts out, perform and win.
He’s dead right, simple.

But the point in this post is what if things don’t go our way tomorrow?
Would a draw be a total disaster?

I view this as a game, where we really ought to get three points.
Indeed we NEED to get three, to keep the optimism up.

A draw, in my opinion would be a bit of a setback, but let’s keep it real.
I fully expect Targett and Guilbert to start tomorrow.
I also expect Trezuguet and Luiz to maybe start too.
It’s the sort of game we need to try to win and I think Dean Smith will have realised that sitting too deep and trying to defend does you no favours. The truth is, I don’t know what he was thinking, given the way the game played out against Spurs on Saturday, but what do I know?

I’d fully expect us to attack Bournemouth a lot more than we did Spurs.

But Eddie Howe is no mug and Bournemouth, while not particularly being a club/side that stand out in the Premier league, are a very efficient side. One that to me, we’d be doing okay to equal at this stage of the season.

We have to bear in mind, that if Smith starts a lot of new players, they might not quite gel from the off, is what I’m trying to say.

Team news, then.

Bournemouth have Arnaut Danjuma, Lloyd Kelly, David Brook, Dan Gosling, Simon Francis, Lewis Cook and Junior Stanislas all out
Blimey, what’s happened there, that they have so many players unavailable, this early in the season?

As for us, Chester, Hause and Kodjia are all injured.
I find Kodjia’s injury convenient, given his links to Besiktas, but whatever.
Otherwise, we’re all good and I’m sure all our fit players are chomping at the bit for a start.

So what to think?

Well, I’ve asked a negative question and expect some pelters for even thinking of us not winning this game at home.

But I’m actually reasonably confident that we’ll get the win.

I’m going for 2-1, as much as I think it’s going to hard drawn out.


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    Hitchens 60 August 17, 2019 at 4:58 pm .

    Fed up – all round crap day

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    nath August 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm .

    much better second half a wonderful goal by luis. but villa go down to referee akinson 2 1 🙁

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    Pat 57 August 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm .

    Oh well at least we’re still in 15th place 🙂

    Didn’t see the game but was it bad luck? Second game where the opposition scores via a deflection.

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      Hitchens 60 August 17, 2019 at 5:08 pm .

      You can’t rely on luck. We lack a class striker and ultimately that will tell.

      20 consecutive games for Jack in the Prem without a win.

      I’m feeling particularly depressed

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        Pat 57 August 17, 2019 at 5:16 pm .

        Cheer up Hitch! Remember when we were all saying before the season that we needed to be patient? Well we need to be patient.

        The learning curve is obviously even steeper than we thought but we have scored in both games and we haven’t been overrun.

        It will get better (I hope)

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        Originallondonlion August 17, 2019 at 5:45 pm .

        I am sure the VP backroom possesses a Statto. Therefore it will not be long beofre Jack’s run is top of the manager’s in-tray, and a drop to the bench is not so unthinkable.
        Bournemouth get judged on the size of their town and stadium – but they are better than that and it is their style Dean wants to copy. When Callum Wilson was injured they ran through a bunch of non-scoring strikers and had to work out how to bring other players within striking range. We might have the same task to do.
        Finally though it did not affect the result last Saturday I though Heaton should have got closer to the third goal, it was telegraphed. When I was unennthusiastic about him coming to Villa – I based that on his concession of to many cheap goals at Burnley. I haven’t seen today’s game yet, but I read here he was at fault for one today.

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    Holte66 August 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm .

    We gave ourselves a uphill task for sloppiness at the start. We can’t make these mistakes in the premier league and get away with it. We got better in the second half although Bournemouth could afford to sit deep and break on us. Any game plan was ruined after a couple of minutes. I’m still not convinced Wesley is going to get many goals. Actually I’m pretty certain of it although I hope he proves me wrong. Still early days so no need for panic yet.

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    Tom August 17, 2019 at 5:25 pm .

    No need for panic yet, a disappointing result that time round but this is what I said before the season. Strikers for mid table and survival scrappers like Wilson, Vardy, Barnes etc are all something we lack

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      Bill Pearson. August 17, 2019 at 5:32 pm .

      I watch the game. Shit we missed chances again an also gave away goals, at a 80th now and going to get drunk, maybe tomorrow it will get better. Four cokes 1 beer £16 60 maybe not

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        Pat 57 August 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm .

        Bill I hope the beer was yours…

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        Hitchens60 August 17, 2019 at 5:46 pm .

        Drown your sorrows Bill 🙂 Just what I’m going to do as the missus thinks I’m a miserable so and so at the moment!

        Feel for Jack.

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