Villa – Derby; Grealish starts as Captain

So this is yet another game where I’m not sure to think.

The good news is that Jack Grealish will start and as captain, no less.
Dean Smith is obviously quite happy to go along with the hype that we’ve had from the club this week in naming him captain, but that’s certainly something I wasn’t expecting.
Still, I’m not knocking the decision and quite like the idea that our playmaker is in charge.
I do wonder though if we’re placing undue pressure on Jack’s shoulders and maybe expecting a bit too much from him.
Regardless, if it works, it could inspire the whole team and boy, could we do with three points today.

The teamsheet is out and it’s pretty much as suspected, with Steer in goal, Elmohamady at right back, with Hause on the opposite side and Elphick and Mings in the centre.
Grealish will be assisted by Hourihane, with Whelan playing the anchor. The question there, is which one will Carroll be swapped out for?
On the wings are Adomah and El Ghazi.
And of course, Abraham up top.
All pretty much as expected really.

What to think?
Well both sides are in a poor run of form and apparently derby were abysmal against Forest, which given it’s their Derby game, must be a bit worrying.
Whereas while weren’t brilliant last week, we did show resiliance in coming back at Stoke.

I’m inclined to say I see this as yet another 1-1 draw.
I certainly don’t see many goals.

But the optimist in me is hoping Grealish is straight on it and does indeed inspire us to a victory.
In which case, I’m going for a 2-1 win, with Abraham to get back in the scoring groove.


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    Bill Pearson March 2, 2019 at 4:11 pm .

    Some rotten sod set the alarm off at the hull game. Has to be a scum fan. Just because your loosing.

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    Pat 57 March 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm .

    Just watched jack’s goal on social media. F*** me but it’s one of the best volleys you’ll ever see. Absolute magic!

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    Hitchens60 March 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm .

    Elphick off injured – assume Hause has moved to cb. Let’s hope it’s not serious.

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    Bill Pearson March 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm .

    Cracker Hitch just viewed it, from a corner knocked back first time connection to Grealish bang goal. Got to watch tonight’s play back Russian Hepburn Murphy just scored for Cambridge. Got get him back scoring.

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      Hitchens60 March 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm .

      Will be watching later plus can watch on Villa Informer on You Tube. Nice to win well and a clean sheet at home – going to be a good weekend – at last!

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    Pat 57 March 2, 2019 at 4:54 pm .


    4-0 at home, Jack’s back and scores a cracker, a clean sheet and the noses lose. Not a bad day.

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      Sidforever March 2, 2019 at 5:11 pm .

      Just watched Jack’s goal. It’s even better than McGinn’s eArlier this season and I thought that was a world class strike.

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