It’s a semi that will be very difficult for the baggies to win. Especially if we take full advantage in our home leg. If we do, then it’s happy days going into the second leg on Tuesday. Subconsciously every player will be fully aware of what’s at stake. And I fully expect them to rise to the occasion. It is a game where full-time is half-time, But I would not be surprised to see us kill this semi off at Villa Park.
It’s an old cliche, but timing is everything. Not only have Villa hit form at the right time, but we have also had the luxury of resting some big players before this semi. Everything has aligned nicely in that sense. But it will come down to who shows the most hunger and desire. And on that score, we should be quietly confident. Because It’s something, we have demonstrated in abundance and why we find ourselves in this semi.
I’m Confident going Into This Semi
I know it’s hard to forget what happened twelve months ago. But Aston Villa is a different beast under Dean Smith. We are now much better equipped in every area of the pitch. Of course, as fans, we’re bound to be somewhat nervous. But when I look at that phenomenal run, we went on. I can’t help but feel confident going into this semi.
It’s a semi-final game that I believe Villa will win, regardless of what happened earlier in the season when we met. Or how the league table ended. Why do I say that?. Simply because we’ve had to come through a season of transition.
And for me, we are now the better team. Plus we will be fielding our strongest eleven in this semi. And all that hard work on the training pitch has started to pay off. You don’t go on a ten-game winning run in any league by good fortune. That’s why a pre-season is so essential to achieving automatic promotion. But keep the faith as we’re going to do it the hard way.
- Tomorrow’s game will be the 166th meeting between the Villa and the baggies in all competitions, with the Villa winning on 77 occasions (D37 L55).
- The Baggies remains unbeaten from their last four games against Villa (W2 D2), winning on each of their previous two visits to Villa Park.