Villa – Sheff Weds; Hopefully the start of a decent run

I’m fed up.
I have a very decent, well paid job, but it involves long hours and weekends are the most important part of the week.
I quite simply have to turn in.

Which makes it a pain for me when we get a normal Saturday afternoon kick-off.
Hence this is yet another game that I won’t get to see live.
I must be one of very few who actually like the late Sky starting times.

Whatever, what do I say here?

We all know the score and it’s simply that we need to win if we’re to maintain momentum and keep the pressure on the clubs above us.

I have to be honest and say I know very little about Wednesday or how they play, save to say I have a work colleague who supports them and he’s been very quiet lately, which suggests to me that they just haven’t been very good.

From what I’ve read on flicking around, Carvalhal is under serious pressure, which strikes me as odd, given that he was flavour of the month not so long back. It is indeed a funny old game.

Straight on to squad news then and Kodjia might be ok, but it’s doubtful.
Jack Grealish is in contention, but I reckon he’ll be on the bench, if he’s involved at all.
Bruce obviously rates him, so will probably look to bring him on if things are going ok.
Gabby is still injured. Enough said there.

Bruce could change things up, but I doubt he will.
Taylor could come in for Hutton, for instance, but why would you do it?
Hutton is probably our best player over the last month, even though he’s played out of position.

In this sense, I think the manager is calling it spot on.
Play the same players every game, until there’s a reason not too, in my opinion.
14 players won us the league, all those years ago, after all.
As Bruce has said, the likes of young Callum O’Hare will get their chances.
I believe we have seven games in December, when it’s proper cold and injuries will creep in.
And this is where squads will show the difference, when it comes to lasting the course.

As for the Owls, Daniel Pudil is a major doubt and Midfielder Sam Hutchinson, striker Fernando Forestieri and winger George Boyd remain sidelined.

So given that I’m very much guessing then, so I have to go on form and ours is just better.
Wednesday (it’s a strange but great name isn’t it? Nearly as good as ours and very British) won their last game, but have only achieved back-to-back wins once this season.

Add in our home advantage, coupled with the fact that the corresponding fixture last season saw us get a 2-0 win, I have to think we should win this.
The bookies agree, with us being near evens and Wednesday 2-1.

I’m hoping this will be a decent game and am going to predict a 2-1 win.



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  1. nath
    nath November 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm .

    stories on snodgrass say hes broken a rib ?? before game. watching his reaction after being subbed. was very poor was he angry at the injury or being subbed. if it was the latter then this was poor on his part. he was in affective apart from one tame long shot. second half we had more about us. just because we had more effort with and without the ball and further up field. but by then the game was already lost. wednesday were never gonna entertain being a contest in the 2nd half and rightfully so they deserved their win

  2. DSVilla
    DSVilla November 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm .

    Today’s result isn’t disastrous. It should show everyone where we are though. We are play off contenders. We will not get anywhere near top 2 based on the season so far.

    I keep banging on about this but I am convinced we have the players to automatically qualify. I don’t have any faith that Bruce can get us that far. We may go up through the play offs, but do we really want to be in that position?

    That said, I think we have no choice but to keep going with Bruce. I find that depressing. We will probably make the play offs, and are at least as likely to fail as get promoted.

    Anyone who thinks we will go straight up needs to try and see things as they are, not what we would all like them to be.

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