Villa – Chelsea; Now here’s a tough one.

Are there any easy ones?
Of course, there aren’t and this will probably prove as tough as most of our remaining fixtures.

On the face of it, it’s a pretty daunting fixture and I’m finding it hard to see how we can win this game.
The only advantage I can see is that we’ve played a game and Chelsea haven’t since the restart, which might mean we have an edge in fitness and more likely mental agility.

We have an horrendous record against Chelsea over the last few years, so there’s not much to hope for in that area either.
That said, it appears that Chelsea don’t keep many clean sheets, so if they’re likely to concede, there’s always hope that if we can score one, we might get something.

But it goes back to the same old problem of our defence.
Chelsea are a different proposition compared to Sheffield Utd and it’ll be interesting to see the defence holds up.
I suggested that we looked better at the back on Wednesday and if we maintain that, we might actually be able to get a point, which wouldn’t have been expected over the last few years.

But the reality is I’m expecting nothing at all and anything would be a bonus.
I like to be as optimistic as I can, but I’m also a realist too.

No predictions from me yet, but I do have a scoreline in my head. I’ll reveal that in the review.

For information, the game is on Sky, but if you have the nous, you might want to look into (cough) Vola Sports (cough).


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  1. Holte66
    Holte66 June 21, 2020 at 6:15 pm . Reply

    Smith, Terry, O’Kelly, Suso! Where do you lay the blame? Undoubtedly Smith will say that we were unlucky blah blah!
    Total domination by Chelsea and 1-2 flattered us. We have to prepare ourselves for Championship football next season. Sell Grealish, Mings and McGinn to pay off our debts and bring in a manager who can take us up and keep us up. Benitez anyone?

    1. Third generation Villian
      Third generation Villian June 21, 2020 at 6:20 pm . Reply

      We had one. Bruce

  2. nath
    nath June 21, 2020 at 6:21 pm . Reply

    tough game tough watch…good performances from luiz hause and targett. we just are sadly not good enough this season. yeah we should go two up top. but honestly that will probably not work too, we dont control the ball to have two up front. we end up lightweight even more than we are in midfield.

    i am more happier with this lose than the draw against sheffield. we are expected to lose to chelsea i know sheff are top 10 and flying but they are punching above themselves and i fancied us to beat them. so i was upset not too.

    everything boils down to newcastle. i think we lose that we can kiss good bye to this league. i would expect to beat them even at their place, but we got to carry more threat with the ball,

    the two quick goals turned the game today. if we could have held out just a little longer, the game was turning into our favor

  3. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 June 21, 2020 at 8:16 pm . Reply

    Positives – I didn’t watch the second half 🙂 and I can see why Man City have a buy back clause for Luiz – at least we won’t lose money.

    Negatives – pretty much everything else!

    So – will Smith still be manager next season in the Championship?

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