Villa -Stoke; What to think?

Ah man, I’m sure I read somewhere this was a 5pm kick-off.
It’s not and it’s a rare 3pm kick-off, which means I probably won’t get to see it.
My AVTV subscription and extras is beginning to look a waste of time, but I’m quite happy for games to be played at the proper time, even if it means it’s my loss.

I’m up for this game, as a fan, but let’s look at the script.

Squad news first and the big news is that Grealish is ruled out.
That, on the face of it might seem like a big miss, but I’m actually intrigued to see how we work without him.
I honestly believe that the team does not revolve around Jack, as much as I rate him.
Indeed, I believe that Jack can work against us, in slowing the game down too much at times.
I’m ready for egg on my face, don’t worry.

Henri Lansbury (hamstring), Neil Taylor (hamstring), Birkir Bjarnason (groin), James Bree and Mile Jedinak are all out.

Given that most of these are what I perceive as goners, come the winter window, I’m not scared about this either.
Adomah is a doubt, which is more of a concern to my mind.
I like the bloke and the way he plays the game.

Stoke look in good nick, at a quick glance, not that I’m bothered.

Cutting to the quick then and it’s just a feeling.

Stoke are going well.
They are unbeaten in eight games and haven’t been been beaten away since September the 1st.

I don’t care about all that rubbish.
They’re going to meet a proper team tomorrow.

And we’re going to beat them 3-1.

Purely because they won’t be able to live with the way we play.
We’ll blitz them, simple.

The faith is very strong.

Please let it be so.


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    Holte66 December 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm .

    2-1 to Stoke. Exactly as I forecast. I really don’t want to be right on this occasion. Come on Villa. Small Heath have gone from 2-0 down to 2-2 to rub salt into the wounds

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    Holte66 December 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm .

    Why is Whelan still on the pitch?

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    Bill Pearson December 15, 2018 at 4:43 pm .

    The sods have pulled the plug on me. Just as we scored. Now it’s 2-1 didn’t see it.

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    DSVilla December 15, 2018 at 4:43 pm .

    2-2 with about 10 mins included added on.

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    Holte66 December 15, 2018 at 4:43 pm .

    Thank goodness I’m wrong. 2-2 now! Stoke not happy because a player was down injured. Tough luck

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    Holte66 December 15, 2018 at 4:45 pm .

    Hogan on for Whelan! Smith is going for it

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    Holte66 December 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm .

    Imagine Bruce swapping a midfielder for a striker

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    Bill Pearson December 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm .

    Hope he’s right the Scum are drawing now.

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    VillaAwayInDiv3 December 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm .

    still a lot of work to do as no creation – bloody Stoke are such a hard team to play against.

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    Holte66 December 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm .

    2-2 FT. Looks like we had to work hard today to get back twice. Fair play to Kodja who had an impact today. Wish he could be more consistent. Trouble is we have only got 2 points from last 6 so beating Leeds next is a must if we have any hope of catching top 2. At least we are resilient now, compared to our the thrashing we had away to Sheffield United. Hopefully Grealish and a couple of others will be fit for next week.

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