West Ham – Villa; I can’t call it, too scared

I wanted to write this yesterday, but I’ve frankly been too scared to.
It’s daft really, as I’m not really the superstitious type, but I just don’t want to call it in case I “Jinx” things, call the result wrong and send us down.
Mind you, it’s probably a good thing. The amount of times I’ve predicted we’d win and Villa haven’t obliged, it’s probably best I don’t predict this one.

But we can look at what is required for our survival and it’s basically that we need to better Watford and Bournemouth’s results. If that happens, it’s happy days.
But we all know that isn’t going to happen and then it gets a bit more complicated;

Villa will be safe if they draw and Watford don’t win.

Villa will be safe if they win by the same or a better margin than Watford.

If all three teams lose by the same margin, Villa will be safe.

If Villa win, Watford need to better their result by two goals to avoid relegation.

The only way Bournemouth can survive is if they win and both Villa and Watford lose.

(Courtesy of Birmingham Live)

So, just to avoid all that confusion, we’ll just take the win and have done with it, eh?
It’s a nice thought.

It’s ridiculous really, isn’t it?
I’m too scared to call the result of a game.

On paper, it’s just a result, one of many that won’t really affect anything in any way.
But it’s not just that is it?
It’s something that will define a line between the sheer elation of surviving and the desperation and depression that comes with relegation. I know for a fact that I’ll be affected for days, either way and I’ll bet I’m amongst the majority of us Villa fans.

Still, it’s why we love the game isn’t it?
And why, as much as I’m scared to call or even watch the game, I’ll be absolutely glued to the screen.


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    Roy Bracy July 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm .

    Well done Smith and villa now let’s consolidate our position and tell the vultures that wanted our best players to go to hell we will come for your best players up the villa I don’t drink but will get pissed on tea, don’t know how many cups had during the match but it kept me calm 😂☺️ the wife was nervous wreck though 😂

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    beamo July 26, 2020 at 9:33 pm .

    Delighted. The game management is what won it for us in the end. Our biggest achilles heel for the whole season was dealt with in the last two games and only 1 shot conceded on target against Arsenal and West Ham combined. The way we ran the clock down in stoppage time was also very astutely played as well. Credit where it is due to the coaching staff and manager to finally rectify this problem.
    Once the celebrations and dust settle, we need to recruit quality over quantity to ensure we are not in such a stressful position again – the heart can’t take another final day like that!

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    Benno July 26, 2020 at 10:23 pm .

    Damn, we never do things easy…I was still celebrating Grealish’s goal when we conceded!

    We dragged ourselves out of the mire, and now have a very decent, resilient squad to build on…

    Happy days!

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    Bum Bum July 26, 2020 at 10:34 pm .

    MOTD. What joy!!!!

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    Bill Pearson July 27, 2020 at 8:00 am .

    I hope what I’ve been reading is true. Grealish is ready to sign a
    new contract. It’s not from Facebook sites but one with 30 thousand followers, that would put the icing on the cake for me.

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    Little8 July 27, 2020 at 10:47 am .

    Ah what a day that was we can definitely move forward from this would be happy with mid table and another good cup run next season

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