Villa – Palace; Maybe, just maybe

I’m sure some of you might be happy to know that the weather isn’t the best here in Gran Canaria. It’s not cold, but it’s not very sunny either. In fact, it’s probably about the worst I’ve known it in lots of visits.
The good news is that the forecast is looking much better for the next few days and it’s probably a good thing anyway, as I often tend to overdo it, get burnt and then spend the next couple of days evading the sun.

I’m waffling, because as I ready myself for the FA cup final, I don’t know what to think for this game.
It’s all a bit meh, now we’ve nothing to go for isn’t it?
I really don’t see us getting anything against City, but if they beat West Ham tomorrow, they’ll be champions unless Liverpool do something dramatic and score a boatload of goals. So maybe they’ll go easy on us?

Most likely, this is our last chance of points this season and we might be able to move up the table a place all two, which adds to the club’s coffers, although it’s small beans in the scheme of things.

Squad news and Jacob Ramsey is looking like he’ll be fit, Ollie Watkins is a maybe, but Hause and Bailey are both still out.
Emi Buendia suffered a knock in training but he looks okay to play.

As for Palace Marc Guehi and Vicente Guaita are major doubts and Nathan Ferguson is a long term injury.
I was asking “who?” too.

Palace are going quite well and are trying to better their previous highest ever finish in the Premier league, so you know they’ll be trying. I think Patrick Viera has done a very decent job there and is even up for manager of the year.

I don’t want to guess the team really, because what I think it ought to be is definitely not what Steve Gerrard thinks. I’d be starting Buendia over Coutinho, myself for instance and I also wouldn’t start Ramsey, who I noticed didn’t make the shortlist for young player of the year.
I thought YPTY was supposed to be for under 21s, but obviously not, looking at some of the entrants.

Oh, talking of awards, I’ve only just learned that Matty Cash won the supporters player of year. That’s well deserved I reckon, as he’s been easily our most consistent player.

Prediction then and I see goals.
I’m going to go for a 2-1 win to us.

UTV and fingers crossed I can get a good internet connection. To be fair, It’s been pretty good up till now.


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  1. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum May 16, 2022 at 1:48 pm . Reply

    You couldn’t make it up…Villa linked with Suarez according to the BBC.
    Maybe Gerrard can consider King Kenny and Ian Rush too…Ian St John anyone?

    1. The Ron Saunders Stand
      The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 3:52 pm . Reply

      Aston Villa 2022/3 (aka Liverpool old stars)

  2. William Pearson
    William Pearson May 16, 2022 at 4:16 pm . Reply

    That begs a thought ,Gerrard not getting the Liverpool job so he gets the player’s, I have to retract saying Coutinho trots in a game ,I watched a video of him in his days playing, God he’s got a quick mind and feet hope he does it for us next season.

  3. The Ron Saunders Stand
    The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 4:19 pm . Reply

    Villa’s possible line up for the opening game of 2022/3?
    Bruce Grobbelaar
    Phil Neal
    Alan Hanson
    Phil Thompson
    David Burrows
    Terry McDermott
    Jan Molby
    Jimmy Case
    Sammy Lee
    John Toshack
    Kevin Keegan

    1. Holte
      Holte May 16, 2022 at 6:21 pm . Reply

      I agree with Keegan instead of Ings but not sure about Sammy Lee instead of Coutinho 😃

      1. The Ron Saunders Stand
        The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 7:33 pm . Reply

        Steve Heighway?

  4. The Ron Saunders Stand
    The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm . Reply

    Mark Lawrenson said on Off The Ball:
    “I was at Villa Park on Tuesday and Coutinho, to be honest, I didn’t really see him.“The game passed him by a little bit.
    “Coutinho against any team outside the top six will be outstanding because you will get a bit more of the ball and he is very good with it.
    “But against the big teams, I just felt he is a little bit of a non-entity.”


  5. Holte
    Holte May 16, 2022 at 6:25 pm . Reply

    When I watched Coutinho in the game against Palace, he certainly had a lot of the ball and I would guess he had the most passes although they were nearly all short passes. I’m guessing his pass success rate was a very high percentage too.

  6. Holte
    Holte May 16, 2022 at 6:33 pm . Reply

    Michael Beale to Charlton? Are we going to get a repeat of last season when Smith lost his main back room staff?

  7. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 May 16, 2022 at 7:01 pm . Reply

    Coutinho isn’t currently performing at a level he’s reputed to have but we need to see whether a full pre season will make a difference. To me though it’s not simply a question of his performance levels and contribution to the game, it’s more about Gerrard continuing to start him when, frankly, Buendia has far more of a claim to a starting place – and I’ll keep banging on about it because managers have to show integrity in their team selection.

    I have no problem with Suarez signing on a one year contract with us moving Ings on and introducing Archer to the first team squad.

  8. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum May 16, 2022 at 7:59 pm . Reply

    Emylin Hughes?

    1. The Ron Saunders Stand
      The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 9:39 pm . Reply

      There might be a bit of a problem with old Crazy Horse.

  9. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 May 16, 2022 at 9:33 pm . Reply

    With Newcastle beating Arsenal we are now 14th!

    I venture to suggest that Howe is showing Gerrard how to be an EPL manager?

    1. The Ron Saunders Stand
      The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 9:34 pm . Reply

      Lets face facts – Howe’s got more experience!

      1. Hitchens60
        Hitchens60 May 16, 2022 at 9:45 pm . Reply

        That’s true RSS but it’s also true there was very little support for him on here as a possible manager at Villa.

        Isn’t it also true that we’ve taken a hell of a gamble on Gerrard if, as you suggest, he lacks experience – was that the right call after removing Smith given our owners ambition?

        1. The Ron Saunders Stand
          The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 9:52 pm . Reply

          I don’t feel he was the right but we’re just gonna see how this project pans out mate.

        2. Guest
          Guest May 16, 2022 at 10:42 pm . Reply

          I wanted Howe.

          I thought he was the best candidate at the time and I’ve always felt Gerrard is out of his depth, I still think he’ll be gone by Jan/Feb.

          1. The Ron Saunders Stand
            The Ron Saunders Stand May 16, 2022 at 11:20 pm . Reply

            “All we are saying is give Bin Dipper a chance”
            Sorry Guest, couldn’t resist 😁
            ( You know it’s coming)

            1. Guest
              Guest May 17, 2022 at 5:34 pm . Reply

              Christ did I say that?

              Must have been pissed after a rare decent performance and Buendia actually starting a game 😂

              1. The Ron Saunders Stand
                The Ron Saunders Stand May 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm .

                No mate not you but Shh…………you know who (:

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