Villa – Qpr; Not so confident, but hopefully still a win

There’s nothing better than not getting what you thought was a certain win, for denting the confidence, is there?
It’s not so much the fact that we drew at Preston that bothers me, but more the fact that we’ve failed to catch up on the clubs above us.
We have to start winning games consistently, it’s as simple as that.

Which means we could have done without today’s fixture against a Qpr side that McClaren has got going very nicely thank you, after a really poor start, where they were regularly getting tonked.

Squad news and the big one is that Nyland looks to be out for the rest of the season after doing his Achilles. This wouldn’t have bothered me in the slightest, to be honest, but for reasons I still don’t understand, Kalinic isn’t available to replace him for today’s game.
Which means Jed Steer, who’s been recalled from Charlton, will take his place, only to be sat on the bench for at least the short term future. I wonder how he feels about that after featuring regularly this season while on loan? Still, his duty is in serving us, I suppose.

The other big news is Elphick being recalled from Hull. He’s done very well for them and has been rated as one of the best defenders this season, which makes Bruce’s decision to let him go all the more unbelievable. You can put the house on him starting today.

That apart, it’ll probably be Smith tinkering with the same squad he used on Saturday.
There are plenty of options.
Will Bree, get moved to RB in place of Elmohamady, I wonder?
Maybe Bolasie will be rested, to give Kodjia a start?
I’d expect at least a couple to be rested, put it that way.

As for Qpr, Massimo Luongo is at the Asian cup, but Ryan Manning has been recalled from Rotherham.
Defenders Angel Rangel and Geoff Cameron and striker Tomer Hemed are all out.

I’m a bit worried about this one.
Qpr will sit back, soak it all up and hit us on the counter, which is where we’re weak, especially with that long ball over the top.
As usual I think we’ve got enough to threaten them and I see us getting at least a goal.
Home advantage should see us through, but my head can see a draw.
I’ll go for a 2-1 win, simply because we need to believe, but can see it being 1 apiece.

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm .

    McGinn stormer hits the bar.

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm .

    Abraham header.
    Why would he want to go?

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm .

    It’s as quiet as VP on here lol

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm .

    Good chance for Qpr.
    Goes well over.

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:42 pm .

    Qpr long range strike.

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm .

    Kodjia shoots and it’s wide.
    Probably should have squared it.

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      nath January 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm .

      kodjia had to square that ball, but he cuts inside as per usual and the chance has gone, his shot also got more chance of being blocked, all because he cut inside. decision making final third really needs to be more unselfish we got more goal getters than providers.

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm .

    Lovely back heel flick from Huttino then 🙂

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 3:50 pm .

    And it’s HT.
    It’s all a bit slow, but I suspect tiredness has something to do with it.
    Creating quite a bit though.

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      Pat 57 January 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm .

      I’m nor surprised if they’re tired, I’m absolutely knackered after last night.

      It’s a makeshift team and I think even a point wouldn’t be a bad result right now. Hopefully some new recruits will soon be on their way.

      Still 3 points would be nice and would start off the new year nicely. COYL

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 4:05 pm .

    I’m not sure it’s that makeshift.
    There’s only Hutton not in his correct place?
    And I wouldn’t be happy with one point, Holte.
    They’ve offered very little and came for a draw, imo.

    It’s all a bit subdued, so I know what you mean.

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    Badger123 January 1, 2019 at 4:11 pm .

    Kodjia catches the goalie. It’s yellow.

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