Villa – Sheff Utd; Tough game, this

Some of you might have figured out that I’m the granddad that was mentioned in the replies a while back.
So, yes, we’re making a bit of a family occasion of it and we’re going tonight. Even the missus is coming with us.

For some daft reason, the twins wanted to go in the Witton end North stand. I can’t say I’m keen, as I much prefer the back of the Holte, but there you go, it’ll make a change.

Straight into squad news and the big one is that Grealish won’t be playing, as much as he might want to and thinks he’s ready. Andre Green is training, but I suspect it’s probably too early for him too.
And Lansbury is still miles away, by the sound of it.

Hands up, a little dicky bird has told me the team for today. Whether it ends up being true, is something else, but here it is;

Kalinic
Taylor
Hutton
Elphick
Mings
Hourihane
McGinn
El Ghazi
Kodjia
Abraham
and finally, Jedinak.

Which is probably about what we’d expect, I guess, although you might have thought that Carroll might start.
I’m guessing he’ll be on the bench.

Utd have no problems and any changes will probably just be shuffling the squad.

Sheffield will be well up for this game, as if they win, they’ll go top of the league.
Which demonstrates what a tough proposition this is.

Given that Sheffield play nice football, this should be an entertaining game whatever the result, but I have to be honest and say that I’m not massively confident, especially after our previous meeting.
You never know though. We have weapons that can hurt them and hopefully our defence won’t be so vulnerable.

I’m going for a 1-1 draw, but it’s more in hope than expectation.

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    Pat 57 February 8, 2019 at 9:53 pm .

    Just hope that Badger stayed until the end!

    Really pleased that Green scored the winner too. Let’s kick on.

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    Holte66 February 8, 2019 at 10:09 pm .

    I will hold my hands up and admit Whelan did make a positive impact. Glad for Green too after an iffy few crosses. I actually think Elphick and Mings did okay but were let down by full backs especially Taylor who I don’t think prevented one cross.

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    Big Fat Ron February 8, 2019 at 10:11 pm .

    How many Teds are there??? Why are there three different avatars???

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    Big Fat Ron February 8, 2019 at 10:14 pm .

    Ted?

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    Big Fat Ron February 8, 2019 at 10:16 pm .

    Win the next two and second is still on! πŸ˜‰

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    Big Fat Ron February 8, 2019 at 10:17 pm .

    Anyone think Mings will move to left back when Chester is back?

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      Holte66 February 8, 2019 at 10:22 pm .

      We could put a mannequin at LB and it would have better opta stats

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    Big Fat Ron February 8, 2019 at 10:31 pm .

    How about a cardboard cut out of Alan Wright?

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    OriginalLondonLion February 8, 2019 at 10:34 pm .

    The Fat Lady is demanding an improved contract. Her current deal doesn’t compensate for singing twice AND changing the tune.

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      Hitchens60 February 8, 2019 at 10:49 pm .

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    Big Fat Ron February 8, 2019 at 10:49 pm .

    Fair play to Whelan. He made a difference, no doubt.

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    Sidforever February 8, 2019 at 10:57 pm .

    First time I’ve scene Mings play. I liked what I saw. Did we have an option to buy?

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      JB February 8, 2019 at 11:06 pm .

      Taylor isnt great dont get me wrong but the poor lad had a clueless kodja half tracking to help him out who had no idea who to press and what space to move into .

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