Well the good news is that the proper footy is back.
There’s more good news, in that Hutton and Samba are both fit and available for selection.
But the really good news is that Jonathan Kodjia is really close and will feature for the U-23’s on Monday, according to the OS.
While I’m not going to get carried away and expect him to hit the ground running, scoring a boatload of goals that propel us to the top of the table in short time, this is a massive psychological boost to us Villa fans.
His return will also provide Steve Bruce with a very pleasant dilemma where he has to decide if he’ll throw Kodjia straight back in.
I know it seems a no-brainer, but what about Hogan, who looks close to coming good and Davies, who has looked excellent? Don’t they deserve a bit of a run?
Decisions, decisions, eh? and who’d be a manager?
Onto the actual game then and Brentford have had as poor a start as us.
Talking of poor starts, Bruce has said we’ve had an “average” one.
I’d suggest he looks at the table where the average should be 7 points and not the 5 we currently have.
Whatever, there’s no doubting Brentford have had a poor start.
They’ve gained two draws in their first five games, meaning they’re second bottom in the table.
Hence, unless we revert to the “expect Villa to end the opposition’s poor run” syndrome, we should expect to come away with all three points, shouldn’t we?
I’d originally expected this game to be probably the last one in what I thought was a tough start, but now expect it to be very winnable.
Which should hopefully prove a nice continuation from the week before the international break and better still, a good start to what will hopefully prove a very fruitful September, where we climb the table.
I’ll go for a 2-1 win.
But I’m very interested in what you think, so I’ll add a poll.