Villa – Leeds; Well the Leeds fans are confident.

That they’re going to lose, that is, according to what I’ve been reading during the odd chances I’ve had to look at the internet today.

How times have changed.
For the last few seasons, Leeds have been at least challenging, but it seems this season, it’s only their form in the first month that has kept them out of serious danger.
Their current form is the stuff relegation is made of and the team shows no backbone and fight, even if they take the lead.
All sad stuff and reminiscent of us not so long back.
Things aren’t helped by the fact that Leeds have around ten first team players out and they’re down to the squad’s bare-bones.
Things are so bad that I’ve seen Leeds’ fan’s predictions of a 4-1 win for us.

Which should bode well, shouldn’t it?

Except we’re the Villa and things rarely go that smoothly.

I see there’s mention that Bruce might change things up for this game and while it would be nice to see some of our upcoming players getting a game, I wouldn’t bank on it and I don’t see him changing much.
Kodjia will probably get another half hour, if he doesn’t start.

While on the face of things I ought to be predicting an easy win, we all know that we can sometimes seriously struggle against weaker sides.
And every time we go on a roll, so it seems the team have a penchant for giving us a kick in the teeth.

Hopefully that won’t happen tonight though and I’m going to have to go for the win.
I certainly don’t think it’ll be anywhere near straight-forward though.

A hard-fought 2-1.
Which will do.

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  1. Adam April 13, 2018 at 11:02 pm . Reply

    Adomah looked lively when he came on. Probably best keeping him to 15/20 mins so hes ready for play offs..why no Andre Green again?? Not heard a word about him for a while now he would be the perfect player to replace adomah.. Not sure why Davis has been frozen out too i actually think he holds the ball up best for us and has a really neat 1st touch on him. Couple of kids that deserve a chance too..why not give them the last few games and see if any shine? Somehow i think Bruce wont entertain that thought.

    1. Andrew April 15, 2018 at 4:31 am . Reply

      He’s been frozen out because Kodjia’s back. Three strikers is what he’d want so Davis isn’t necessary. Unfortunately for him, we’re not in a position like Wolves are to bring in younger players. We need Kodjia back match fit and everyone firing. I’d love the kids to play, but Bruce won’t have it and I can’t exactly say it’s a bad thing for him not to do so. Looking at our bench, unless we drop a striker, there’s no one else we can afford to drop.

  2. Fastjet81 April 14, 2018 at 12:57 am . Reply

    Anyone thinking Blues beat Fulham in the last game and send us up automatically, wishful thinking I know 🙂

    I don’t think any of the run ins are easy to be fair. Brentford one of the best footballing sides in the division, Norwich are hit and miss, but can produce the goods (as last week). Fulham face a few clubs scraping to stay in the division. Cardiff have Hull who are in good form. The odds are against us, but I don’t think we’re out of it yet.

    Good first half tonight, but poor second. I can see why Bruce freshened it up, but would have liked to see Hogan on earlier. The balls Grealish plays are primed for someone who plays on the shoulder of the last defender and runs in behind. Kodjia sometimes slows down the play by twisting and turning his man umpteen times which more or less tends to take any thrust out of the attacks.

    Roll on Ipswich, lets really put the heat on the other 2.

  3. nath April 14, 2018 at 7:41 am . Reply

    onomah had a decent game but still gets shit from villa fans. this kind of rating of our players is reason why i question ppl knowledge of the game. or what it is they are watching. i sat watching the game. i saw a ok performance, we dominated first half and leeds came out second half having brought on their little Spaniard, who is probably their best player. they had a good 20 minutes and maybe villa had decided the game was already won. but they again took over for the remaining game.

    onomah was amongst the better performers, i will say whelen was my motm. good win but nothing special last night, but it was what we should have been doing to hull norwich bolton and we know how they turned out.

    kodjia got another 60 minutes last night. i personally would have played hogan. his movement would have been too hot for the young leeds defender, who was marking kodjia. but managers decision to give kodjia more game time in preparation for playoffs. if kodjia scored the winning goal at wembley the gaffer will be justified

  4. Saddened April 14, 2018 at 10:02 am . Reply

    We were ok in first half, scrappy but just about ok. The second half started awful but got slowly better, we are guaranteed playoffs so lets get positive.
    I had to sit in the upper north stand and forgot what an awful place it is…. needs ripping down.

  5. originallondonlion April 14, 2018 at 10:07 am . Reply

    Well done to Steve and the team for qualifying for the playoffs. That was the minimum expectation at the season start. SB has won 2 out of 3 playoffs from here so we can remain optimistic.

    Fulham have no easy task against Brentford. Brentford, the forgotten side of West London are always keen to put one over their more famous neighbours QPR and Fulham. They will have plenty of support for this derby game.

    1. Villain1 April 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm . Reply

      Making the play offs in not an achievement – the manager was given a mandate to get promoted. Failure to win the play offs should result in an automatic sacking for Bruce

      1. Hitchens60 April 14, 2018 at 5:16 pm . Reply

        Sorry V1 I have to disagree – I think the play offs were the goal with automatic promotion the ambition and therefore it is an achievement. Further, the worst we can finish is 4th which probably means avoiding either Fulham or Cardiff over two legs.

  6. Hitchens60 April 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm . Reply

    I thought, on balance, we did OK considering it was the third game in six days. Leeds came at us first 20 minutes second half but didn’t really create anything whereas we had three good chances to wrap the game up.

    Off to Portman Road Saturday with my Ipswich mate who’s over the moon that ‘Mick’ has departed. He reckons they will play a very young team Saturday so it’ll be ‘kids v dads’ LOL

    Just hoping we can secure first win in four away games.

  7. nath April 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm . Reply

    oh dear fulham couldnt handle the pressure. brentford deserved the win let alone a draw. fulham were rugby tackling brenford at times. a get fredricks rugby tackle on watkins. not just cardiff hey, plus they were dropping deep defending. falling down playing for time.

  8. Bill Pearson April 16, 2018 at 7:19 am . Reply

    Not Villa, we as villa fans should congratulate Wolves for getting promotion to the premiership, we now have a Midland club in their.

  9. owen April 16, 2018 at 10:29 am . Reply

    don’t rule out second yet – Fulham could quite easily lose to Millwall on Friday, we then beat IPswich and are a point behind Cardiff before their late kick-off – huge pressure on them. If Albion can win at Man U, Forest can win at Cardiff. Blues will beat Fulham.

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