Villa – Everton; A different proposition

Our first home game of the season then and I think this ought to be a lot easier than last week’s game. Not that any games are easy in the Prem, but I’m sure you know what I mean.

Put it this way. If we lose this, everybody involved with the club will be on a downer.
Not that it’s going to happen.
And before I forget, welcome back, Ashley Young! Hopefully it won’t be a happy return for him.

Squad news and it’s all been dominated by Ming’s cruiciate ligament injury. I don’t particularly rate him, as I’m sure many of you are sick of me saying, but I do appreciate that he is definitely some sort of talisman and it’s true that our results are better when he plays. Hence, he’ll no doubt be a big miss, as much as I want us to learn how to play better without him.

Mings apart, we also have Buendia out with the same injury, but in better news, Alex Moreno is close to returning and Jhon Durán and Bertrand Traoré have returned to training this week.

The big news this week was the signing of Nicolo Zaniolo on loan from Galatasary. I’m not sure what to think about his signing and it seems our hierarchy think the same, with us apparently having some clauses written into the agreement possibly surrounding his ability to stay fit.
Will he come straight into the team today as a replacement for Bailey? It’s difficult to see how he could be any worse in my opinion, as Bailey’s contribution to a game is generally close to zero, but I’d guess the thinking will be that Zaniolo shouldn’t be thrown in too quickly.
I’d expect him to get minutes at least, but if he does start, I’d see that as a sign that Bailey will soon be relegated to a back up status, if indeed he’s not sold.

It should already be obvious what I think about this game. It’s a straightforward win for us.And if we don’t get it, I think I’m going to be in a pretty dark place as Everton are a team that I expect to seriously struggle this season and this year might well see them being relegated.
I can’t quite work out what’s gone so wrong for the Toffees, but some players I thought were pretty decent just haven’t come good for them at all. Neil Maupay immediately springs to mind as a good example.

Still, Everton’s woes should be good for us and I’m going for a 2-1 win.
Fingers crossed as much as we shouldn’t need that and UTV!


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  1. Holte
    Holte August 20, 2023 at 12:34 pm . Reply

    I don’t think Zaniolo is eligible to play Badger. Not sure if it’s a visa thing or a hip injury or both!

  2. Holte
    Holte August 20, 2023 at 1:07 pm . Reply

    Aarghhh! Bailey starts! I’m changing my prediction to a 2-1 defeat. Philogene not even on the bench.

    1. Texas Villlan
      Texas Villlan August 20, 2023 at 2:14 pm . Reply

      I just can’t handle how crap Bailey is. Played in on goal and passes it back and we lose possession.

    2. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson August 20, 2023 at 2:32 pm . Reply

      Holte we lose no no way. Last match was an official disappointment but even Man Utd god was impressed. We are someone to be feared mark my words. 4 0 is my shout.

  3. Holte
    Holte August 20, 2023 at 1:12 pm . Reply

    Calvert-Lewin starts for the toffees which is a worry without Mings.

  4. Holte
    Holte August 20, 2023 at 2:27 pm . Reply

    Bailey is having a blinder (by his standards) I need to criticise more often.

    1. Texas Villan
      Texas Villan August 20, 2023 at 2:46 pm . Reply

      I’ll admit he is! He looks more like a team player today which has been my biggest criticism of him. Maybe this is the Emery effect.

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson August 20, 2023 at 2:48 pm . Reply

    Bailey is trying hard to please fans and he’s winning, Emery must see something that pleases him, yes he’s frustrates but then he produces. Me give him a little more time .

  6. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson August 20, 2023 at 3:19 pm . Reply

    Well !!! Bailey scored. Give him time .

  7. Gerry
    Gerry August 20, 2023 at 3:20 pm . Reply

    Superstar Bailey. We need to go into positive goal difference. Before the goal we had definitely switched off.

  8. Adam
    Adam August 20, 2023 at 3:37 pm . Reply

    Great performance today by all except Watkins I feel has been poor. His first touch has been attrocious again. Perfect opportunity to put Archer on for 20 mins.

  9. Adam
    Adam August 20, 2023 at 3:42 pm . Reply

    Or Duran! Nice tidy finish happy days.

  10. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson August 20, 2023 at 3:44 pm . Reply

    What did I say 4 0 .the rest is a bonus . UTV

    1. Holte
      Holte August 20, 2023 at 3:50 pm . Reply

      Have you got next week’s lottery numbers Bill 😂

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson August 20, 2023 at 4:08 pm . Reply

        I did win a £1000 on the lottery Holte , must start the pools .

  11. Holte
    Holte August 20, 2023 at 3:52 pm . Reply

    What’s going on with all these injuries! I hope it’s not another ACL. Everton also having bad luck today.

  12. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 August 20, 2023 at 3:53 pm . Reply

    Yet another serious injury?

  13. Gerry
    Gerry August 20, 2023 at 4:03 pm . Reply

    Because Everton were so bad it was hard to know if we were playing a high line today.

    1. RSS
      RSS August 20, 2023 at 4:25 pm . Reply

      I’d agree with that Gerry, can’t argue with the result but Everton where truly shocking.

  14. Gerry
    Gerry August 20, 2023 at 4:07 pm . Reply

    To half of the table

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