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Baggies Entertain Aston Villa Tonight

The Baggies ‘entertain’ Aston Villa this evening in their first game with Big Sam as their manager. I use the word ‘entertain’ with reservation as the Baggies will not offer any entertainment from a footballing perspective. The lack of proper football under Bilic was there for all to see. This was understandable as they are basically a mid-table Championship team masquerading as a Premier League team.

But with Big Sam now calling the shots I think the Baggies will make Burnley’s performance against us last Thursday night look Barcelona. I think Covid has done the Baggies fans a huge favour by banning fans from the games. I am assuming even they will be able to appreciate how dire the football will be under Big Sam.

Villa Is A Bigger Club

Villa is a bigger and better club to WBA in every possible way. History, stadium, owners, money, management team, head coach, players, youth development, ladies team, facilities, fans, and most importantly a positive future. We must show we are a bigger club this evening by not giving the Tesco Bags even the slightest sniff of getting anything from this game. This game should be another nail in the Baggies relegation coffin. However, I do hope they pick up a few points this season as it would be proper entertainment if Villa were to relegate the Baggies when they visit Villa Park on April 24th for the return leg.

Villa Must Assert Our Superiority

Football is a funny old game and even the worst footballing teams in the Premier League will have their 15 minutes of fame. Didn’t Norwich give Man City a good beating at Carrow Road last season. Villa must assert our superiority and not make this evening’s game the Baggies 15 minutes of fame.

They have some things going for them and we need to be aware of this. Significantly, this is the Baggies Cup Final this season and they will probably be well up for the game. For Villa, it is just another game against a team counting the days till relegation. Further, they have a new manager in the form of Big Sam. This is the perfect game for them as they may benefit from ‘new manager bounce’. Also, Big Sam won’t have been there long enough to completely kill off any ideology of trying to play football that Bilic had thought them.

Dean’s Team Selection

Hopefully, our team selection will be fairly straightforward. Cash and Luiz return form suspension. Barkley is hopefully fit again and I believe that Trezequet is still injured. Cash will return as out right back. Luiz will return as defensive midfield. Barkley back in as attacking midfield and Grealish will go back to the left side of our front three (where he is better than in a central role).

The open position which requires a decision is the right side of our attacking front 3. The choice is El Ghazi or Traore. Yes, El Ghazi had a good game against Burnley and had 8 shots on goal but I would opt for Traore to start. I like Traore, he needs to improve but I see aspects of his game that make me think he will become a good player for Villa. He needs a run of games and Dean needs to afford him this opportunity.

Villa Starting 11

Villa starting 11

How The Game Will Unfold

Prior to the appointment of Big Sam, the Baggies had built a reputation of ineptitude in front of goal and comically stupid defending. They balanced this with an average of about 30% possession during games to give them the slim hope of getting a goal on the break after boring their opposition into complacency. Their record signing Karlan Grant (15m) has managed one goal this season. It is very difficult to judge him as a player as he gets no service from his teammates. I don’t expect much threat from him nor the rest of the Baggies but maybe it is a chance to rest our defensive players and Martinez and give the young lads a chance to play with the senior team?

We must play to our strengths and we need to be much more clinical in front of goal. Luiz will add to our attacking threat as he is much more forward-minded a player to Nakamba. Villa’s ability to unlock a defense and show our qualities tends to rest with the relationship between Grealish and Barkley. When these guys click we are unstoppable as Liverpool discovered the hard way. If Barkley is fit to start I expect a bag full of goals to go along with our 25+ shots and our dominance in possession. If Barkley doesn’t play we will find it much more difficult. This does not mean we won’t dominate the game. It is just a sign that we need that extra bit of quality in the midfield when Barkley is not available.

What The Bookies Think

Villa win: 10/11

Draw: 14/5

Baggies win: 14/5

10/11 looks like very tempting odds for a Villa win. Put a grand on that and you will nearly double your money.

When & Where To Watch

For most of us, kick-off is at 19:15 on BT Sport 1 with the pre-match warm-up starting at 18:45. For those of us lucky enough to be living on the beautiful West Coast of Canada kick-off is at 11:15am and is available on DAZN. Some of us will be enjoying a few beers and others will be tucking into some Canadian bacon with maple syrup with some fluffy waffles. Personally, I would like both!

UTV

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Bigfatron
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9 months ago

New prediction sheet please

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9 months ago

Would luv it if we can turn over ollie’s utd with jack having a star role ,not bothered about chelsea

Muz1
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9 months ago

14 points above the bottom 3 , is it too early to talk about survival. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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9 months ago

There is a Christmas rumour that Dean Smith’s next contract will include some elecution lessons 🀣🀣🀣

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9 months ago

Great game, just love watching this current team. Almost faultless performance, even the players I have come to doubt have stepped up massively. And just reading back the comments during the game, looks like all of you to a man wanted El Ghazi off after the sending off. Another glaring mistake from Deano 🀣🀣. A point at Chelski will do for me, but we rarely end up drawing games, so who would back against us getting all the points there??

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9 months ago
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I honestly think we are as good as Chelsea on the day. Interesting with the injuries & suspensions and changes playing Jack centrally we haven’t missed a beat. Its wonderful to see smiling players enjoying their football.

Bigfatron
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9 months ago

Funny facebook had up highlights today of our 44 draw with chelsea under mon on boxing day ,last time we had a squad of players to be proud off

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9 months ago
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Yeah, I liked that squad, memorable away draw at Everton that season too.
Thankfully we’ve moved on to winning games now πŸ˜‰

Bigfatron
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9 months ago

Still would like a mellborg Lauren and carew they would fit in seamless

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9 months ago

Yep, all smiles to a man. Feeling good about not spending a fortune on Tuanzebe too. Never thought I would be saying that. And in my book, Watkins looks to be as good as Abrahams – he works a lot harder.

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9 months ago
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Abrahams is quick but looks slightly amateur and less skilful to me. Think Watkins is a much better all round CF.
I always liked Tuanzebe but tbf Hause has been emense for us, asked to come in and play on his wrong side hasn’t put a foot wrong out of position, then asked to switch back to the right side today to cover for Mings.
The squad “stand ins”? Have been truly outstanding. Credit to the coaching team & the players patience waiting for a chance.

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Bigfatron
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9 months ago

Martinez signing of season such a great pro

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9 months ago
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He must be loving playing behind this back four.

Vancouvervillan
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9 months ago

21 shots, 10 on target
Now 8 clean sheets !
It really is Christmas 😁

Bigfatron
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9 months ago

Does 2 efforts hitting post count as on target,πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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9 months ago
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No, so I guess we need to snap up Arteta as soon as the arse let him go 🀣🀣🀣

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9 months ago

Excellent suggestion. A man with a great foreign accent. 🀣

Bigfatron
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9 months ago
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Usually you wouldn’t have to leave birmingham for that πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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9 months ago
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🀣🀣🀣

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9 months ago

Who knew Targett could defend like that as well ?
Heaton going to need a heated seat πŸ˜† Mings will have to fight for his place as well. Got to be the best December we’ve had for many a year.

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9 months ago
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🀣🀣🀣

Bigfatron
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9 months ago

Sell heaton definitely surplus

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9 months ago
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Not a bad performance out there, brilliant festive game.
Watkins works so hard, goals will come, 2 assists motm easily.
I think we have enough to give Chelsea a shock too.
UTV !

Bigfatron
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9 months ago

1st great boxing day football for years thank you deano

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9 months ago

Still would have preferred Taylor to come on and chase zaha

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9 months ago
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LolπŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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9 months ago

How has Watkins not scored in this game, it just will not go in for him.

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9 months ago
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He is not hiding tho just got man of the match well deserved

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9 months ago
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No his work rate is fantastic , luck is just against him.
It wasn’t meant as a criticism, just that he’s got luck against him at the moment.

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9 months ago
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Wasn’t a dig mate never seen a striker at villa run so much unless it was Gabby to chippy

jcv
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9 months ago

what a bloody shame for watkins.it just wont go in for him

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9 months ago

Why is ward still on the pitch after that foul on Targett, already been booked.

jcv
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9 months ago

how on earth was there no card for that challenge on targett.

Bigfatron
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9 months ago
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Taylor part of the wnakers club including dean and friend

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9 months ago

JT can no longer say we are a side that tire after 70 mins. What an effort from each and every player.

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9 months ago

“Glue fingers” 🀣🀣🀣

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