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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  1. TED February 8, 2019 at 9:14 pm .

    Disgraceful. Even you Smith fans can’t defend this.
    It’s embarrassing g howhave tried to defend him
    Smith out.

  2. Sidforever February 8, 2019 at 9:15 pm .

    That’s it for me tonight. Turning on Fifa19 where I have a Villa team who who are a pleasure to watch. Wish me luck in my first Champions League match, we’re playing Valencia. Only Grealish and McGann are the only players I have left at Villa from the shower who are on the pitch tonight.

    1. Pat 57 February 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm .

      Watching some real football, Villareal in fact in La Liga. At least they aren’t losing.

      Sooooo disappointing!

  3. Jimbovilla February 8, 2019 at 9:16 pm .

    What pissed me off more is smith has sold out, playing Jedinak from the start said everything, he can’t play his style, wants to move forward and puts the oldest player in the side. The football had gone!!!!!

  4. Holte66 February 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm .

    I do worry that Smith will struggle with the pressure he is now under. Bruce was hardened to criticism. There is no point in changing manager again. We have to persevere till next season and see what happens then. I have said it before that major surgery is needed this summer.

    1. Hitchens60 February 8, 2019 at 9:18 pm .

      Bet Smith is wishing he’d stayed at Brentford

      1. Holte66 February 8, 2019 at 9:21 pm .

        I think Ted wishes that too! A few more will agree with him after tonight

        1. Hitchens60 February 8, 2019 at 9:23 pm .

          Humour Noir of Villa fans, developed, tried and honed to perfection through years of misery!

  5. Jimbovilla February 8, 2019 at 9:18 pm .

    Changing smith is not the answer, but smith needs to show some balls and stick to his principles

  6. TED February 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm .

    Disgraceful Smith out now!
    You Smith supporters what have you got to say?

  7. TED February 8, 2019 at 9:26 pm .

    Why are my posts being ignored?

    1. Bill Pearson February 8, 2019 at 9:28 pm .

      Ted I won’t ignore you mate, what’s up.

    2. Hitchens60 February 8, 2019 at 9:35 pm .

      Those ignoring Ted’s posts should be ashamed of themselves 🙂

  8. Holte66 February 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm .

    OMG we scored and I missed it. Mings hat trick possibly?

  9. Bill Pearson February 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm .

    You all have to admit we don’t have a team to challenge for honours, we have seen the worst and now it’s getting even worse than before, Grealish don’t bother to come back you will be labelled a failure in the club. Minds just scored

  10. Guest February 8, 2019 at 9:29 pm .

    Should have kept Enda Stevens.

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