Villa – Everton; Our best bet for a while

The big talking point here has to be the fact that Emiliano Buendia and Emi Martinez won’t be arriving in the UK until some time tomorrow morning.
Surprisingly, (to me anyway) the flight time from Croatia is only just over two hours so it’s not exactly long haul, but when you combine it with the usual couple of hours in the airport, the arrival at Brum and then the drive to Bodymoor Heath, you’re probably talking around five hours easily. So it’s not exactly ideal preparation for a top level game is it?
I’d be surprised if they got to play and particularly so if Buendia starts.

I like compromise and was glad that we’d agreed to let the players go to the qualifiers, but this has proved to be an unmitigated disaster and I’d wager the players themselves won’t be so keen to go next time. Buendia especially must be at least a bit miffed that he wasn’t even involved at all.

Otherwise, nothing has changed. Trezeguet and Davis are still out and Chukwuemeka and Philogene-Bidace haven’t trained yet since being injured while representing England.
Everyone else is available, which is an improvement on the first couple of weeks.

As for Everton, Calvert-Lewin is out with a thigh injury, as is hissing Delph, who has a shoulder problem.
James Rodriguez has trained well, so could feature, as could Andre Gomes, who’s appearance halfway through the game against Burnley helped totally changed things.

Interestingly, Benitez went with three defenders on Monday, which leaves a guessing game as to if he’ll do the same against us. If so, it’s pleasing to know that we can also do it and certainly we did okay against Chelsea, even if I don’t think it’s ideal with the players we have.

I think the key to this game might well be who gets up to speed first.
Pleasingly, we’ve improved our sharpness with every game and I didn’t feel there was much lacking fitness-wise last week. You’d have to expect we’re pretty much up to speed now.

We concede too many goals lately, while Everton have scored ten in 4 games.
You have to expect that they’ll score then and I’m going to take them to score at least one.

Which begs the question how many do I think we can score?
I’m happy to think that if we play Ings and Watkins up front we can score, although Ings has to get more involved than last week, that’s for sure. His stats were shocking, but I’m going to look at that as a one-off.

I think we can beat them 2-1, but I don’t feel we could beat them 3-2. It’s one of those “I can feel it in my water” jobs, that’s all.

I’m going for that 2-1 to us.
Worryingly, Lawro thinks the same.

A nice three points it is then.



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  1. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 19, 2021 at 1:14 am .

    Bailey only on the pitch for 21 minutes yet he scored one and provided the ‘assist’ for the own goal. BBC viewers also rated him Player of the Match.

    I haven’t yet seen him play – do we have a really good player on our hands?

    1. OLL again
      OLL again September 19, 2021 at 4:03 pm .

      If he stays fit, and can play for 90 mins we have a new Tony Morley. Enough said Hitch? appropriate that he should burst forward on the left and blast the ball past an Everton keeper, just like Morley’s GoS.

      1. Hitchens60
        Hitchens60 September 20, 2021 at 6:19 am .

        Remember that goal OLL – who could ever forget it – and what a player Morley was. If Bailey lives up to that billing enough said.

  2. badger123
    badger123 September 19, 2021 at 11:57 am .

    His goal was quality Hitch. I reckon if the goalie had got in the way, he’d have ended in the net too 🙂

    Meanwhile, RIP Greavsie 🙁

    I’ll try and write something later.

  3. Holte
    Holte September 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm .

    RIP Greavsie. The greatest goal scorer this country has produced. Loved the Saint and Greavsie show too.

  4. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 19, 2021 at 8:59 pm .

    The guy Greavsie was a class player, he goal poached and was the top goal scorer of today. RIP Greavsie will always remember you..

  5. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 20, 2021 at 6:22 am .

    Another great of English football sadly gone.

    A bygone era never to be seen again.

    RIP Greavsie – gone but never forgotten.

  6. Bill Pearson..
    Bill Pearson.. September 20, 2021 at 6:50 am .

    Just found out how he got that name Deadly! ! Greavies gave it to him when he showed him how to kill a salmon. Doug loved it and stuck to it ..

  7. Big Fat Ron
    Big Fat Ron September 20, 2021 at 9:48 am .

    Random comment: IF Spurs are struggling come Jan and we’re in and among the top 4, anyone fancy a blockbuster cheeky bid for Son or Kane? Use all the JG money plus any Jan budget and then push for the title next year? See a few peripherals like City did to fund Jack and use more of the super kids? Sanson can go for a start…

    1. Tom
      Tom September 20, 2021 at 5:22 pm .

      We looked good against Chelsea despite the 3-0 score line and we brushed Everton off in the second half but without their key players. You cannot be serious in thinking son or Kane would entertain villa even if we were top of the league and they were bottom. Sorry, that’s just the state of things right now.

      1. Big Fat Ron
        Big Fat Ron September 20, 2021 at 11:12 pm .

        Tom, if Villa were top and Spurs were bottom, can you explain why they wouldn’t ‘entertain’ Villa?

      2. Big Fat Ron
        Big Fat Ron September 20, 2021 at 11:33 pm .

        If Villa really want to play with the big boys, I think they will need at least one signing to make everyone, home and abroad, sit up and take notice. A signing who will, by his presence and reputation alone, raise the game of the rest of the squad, and the expectation level. If Villa really want to go to the next level, my opinion is they will need that. Kane or Son are just two random names because Spurs are seemingly ‘powering down.’ So a situation like that is ideal for a club in Villa’s position – ‘powering up’, to make a move. Even if you don’t get the player, the media coverage of a bid will automatically plant the idea in people’s minds that AVFC are serious. Think about it. Ambition is not just about dreams (thoughts) and words; actions are needed to realise ambition, IF it is actually authentic. I believe the club are soon to be at that crossroads, where they will have to decide, do we keep trying with players just a notch below, or do we now add a player who is ‘top notch’ to raise the others, raise the club’s profile, and raise expectations? Kane, Son, whoever. My point is, when will the club be ready for that type of transaction? In my opinion, only then will we really be able to play with the big boys. It may be that we have to get that profile of player in his late 20s, to get the boost needed. Son’s physique and jet-propelled legs would suggest that his age is merely a number. It can’t always be about sell-on value; that doesn’t work and won’t bring success – see Arsenal. The idea is simple – a TOP player who is late 20s will bring in the revenue through success on the pitch, NOT through what he will make when sold. We have enough of those. Besides, if the club is planning on selling them all for a profit what the hell are we bothering for? Why are we filling Villa Park full of hope and expectation? Do the club want to make money and be a sound business, which is pretty much what Doug Ellis’ model was, or do the club want to win things? If they want to win and compete, they will need to go up a level in the caliber of player they sign.

        John Gregory once accused Ellis of talking big and acting small; he allegedly tried to sign Shearer from Newcastle. Just the idea of it makes Aston Villa sound more serious. Merson wasn’t a spring chicken when he signed, neither was Dublin, but they were a cut above what we had, and sparked a title attempt, albeit a short, failed one.

        The club will need to act as big as they talk if they want success.

  8. Big Fat Ron
    Big Fat Ron September 20, 2021 at 9:48 am .

    *sell a few

  9. Big Fat Ron
    Big Fat Ron September 20, 2021 at 9:50 am .

    Other players who could go to raise 30ish million: Davies, Trez, Fred, El Ghazi?

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