Villa – Fulham; Can we make it back to back wins?

It’s sod’s law isn’t it?
No disrespect to Fulham, but this is a fixture that’s never really excited me, as it’s always looked drawish (is there such a word?).
And if you’d asked me the result before the Reading game, that’s quite simply what I’d have gone for; a draw.

But given the last minute Reading win, this game now has a lot more about it, where we might get the first back to back wins in a lot longer than I care to think about.

Why sod’s law?
Well, seeing as I thought this would be a nothing game, I agreed last week to get up to my proverbials in work this weekend.
Which means I won’t even get to listen to it, let alone watch it.

To be honest, I don’t really know what to say about the team that should be played, but I’d have no problem with the side that started against Reading, Cissokho apart. Amavi should start and I believe will, seeing as we’re at home.

Steve Bruce has quickly realised that the midfield is poor and went with a five. I can’t see that changing.
But while I thought the manager was just rolling the dice, so I suspect he’s close to knowing his best eleven.
Yep, already.
Because I believe he doesn’t give a toss about egos and what players cost. He’s simply going back to basics.
Which is what makes the difference for me.

I can’t even update on injuries much, but it seems Elphick and Richards might both be out for up to three weeks.
I simply don’t know what to think about that, apart from what the hell? Two similar calf injuries on the same day?

While I appreciate you might think my starting line-up is a bit negative, think about the players we can throw on when the opposition are starting to tire.
It’s a frightening thought for any opposing Championship manager, I’d say.
And one that creates competition amongst the squad, especially up front, something RDM didn’t seem to have a clue about.

So pure guesswork it is then and I think we’ll win this one.

Villa 2-1


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  1. Morgan Villa
    Morgan Villa October 23, 2016 at 9:36 pm . Reply

    A couple of things about the championship, a friend of mine has an ST at Forest. he says the league is ugly in terms of football, no two halves are the same, if someone dominated one half they wont the other. it is more tactical than any other league.

    On another note two wins in a row, got a good feeling about Bruce

  2. Benno
    Benno October 24, 2016 at 3:55 am . Reply

    Very happy with Bruce so far. Seems to be picking up on the things that Di Matteo wasn’t. No doubt we have had some luck…but a lot of it can be put down to changes made by Brucey.

    A big thing for me is bolstering the midfield. 4-4-2 just wasn’t working. We needed an extra man in there. I hope Gardner can keep up these performances although we definitely need to bring in another midfielder in January. The lad from Barnsley would be great.

    Also having Amavi back in is so much better. Cissokho is rubbish. Shame about De Laet, but again maybe another RB can be brought in Jan…unless Lyden can maybe do a job in there. I don’t trust Hutton!

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