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Playing Catchup And Man City

Aston Villa is playing catchup and Man City is the first team on our list. Since the opening day of the season Aston Villa has been playing catchup. Man City and a few other clubs that competed in European competition were given an extra week off and didn’t have to play on the opening day. Aston Villa were due to play Man City in our first game so we also ‘benefited’ from the extended break.

As the season progressed, the number of games in hand got bigger as a result of fixture scheduling and Cup clashes. This was further compounded when Newcastle Utd needed to postpone their game against us due to Covid. Then, AVFC got an outbreak of Covid and we needed to postpone a couple of games. We now find ourselves with 4 games in hand over 5 teams, 3 games in hand over 10 teams and 2 games in hand over 4 teams.

Obviously, while we weren’t playing games so we slipped down the league table and are now in the bottom half for the first time this season. We are in 11th place, 3 points behind Arsenal in 10th. But with games in hand, I do expect us to be in the top half when games played is equal. Deano and the team deserve huge credit for getting off to such a good start and gaining so many points. It would be horrible if we were towards the bottom of the table and watching our position drop each week when others played and we didn’t. That would add a new pressure we can do without.

Man City Next

Man City tomorrow night, but as there are other games too, unfortunately, this is not a catchup game. Not having played a game since January 8th means we will have had a 12-day ‘rest’. Further, we had a serious outbreak of Covid 19 with about 10 first team players testing positive for the disease. And we are playing against, what I believe to be, the best team in the Premier League this season. They have won their last 8 league and cup games! This does not bode well, and although the lads have had some excellent performances I expect Man City to win. On a positive, regardless of our’s or other’s results, we cannot drop below our 11th place on the table.

Team Selection Against Man City

I am not even going to try and predict what our lineup will be. With the Covid outbreak, I have no idea who will be available to play or who will be self-isolating. The only confirmed information is that Trezeguet did test positive and that Grealish did not test positive. So it does look like Grealish is available for selection. I would be very happy to see Barkley make his long-awaited reappearance in the team. He was brilliant before his injury and we could benefit from his return. If we could somehow manage to leave Manchester with a point it would be fantastic. By the way, I have read that Sergio Aguero is definitely out.

What The Bookies Say

The bookies are aligned with my way of thinking for this game. They have City at 2/9 for the win with the draw being 11/2. If you fancy a crazy and potentially profitable flutter, Villa is a massive 11/1 to win the game.

Newcastle Catchup Game

Saturday night brings a really important game for the Villa. This is a catchup game. We are the only team, other than the Toon of course that is playing this weekend. A win against Bruce’s men and we will gain 3 points on every other team in the league. Depending on upcoming midweek results a win could lift us to 7th.

Steve Bruce

Bruce appears to have lost the plot completely. He was slated by the Toon Army for playing 9 defensive players against 2 point Sheffield United. Following this he said the ‘gloves are off’ and he was going to do it ‘his way’. (It does beg the questions who’s way was he doing it for the previous 18 months). Last night against Arsenal, he changed the team and included more attacking players. He also pushed the players forward leaving big gaps at the back for Arsenal to exploit. However, he forgot to mention to the players that they were now allowed to attack the opposition goal. One-shot on target in 90 mins is something I think Emi Martinez should be well able for. Newcastle Utd is a dire football team and anything less than 3 points is a bad result for Villa.

What The Bookies Think

Yet again those clever bookies agree with me. Aston Villa is rightfully only 8/13 to win the game. Bruce is 3/1 to nick a draw and 17/4 to leave Villa Park with all 3 points. However, my bet of the week is not on either the City or Toon game. It is actually more of an investment than a bet. I think people should invest their hard-earned cash into Cabbages. There could well be a run on cabbages in the Newcastle area next week which will no doubt drive the price up.

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Muz1
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3 months ago

Bruce has got Newcastle fired up, dominated Everton and deserved 2-0 win.
His job is safe, rue the day.

Bigfatron
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3 months ago

Good clear out today lainsbury Freddy and young vasselv all out on loan,

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3 months ago
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All the loans out will be good for the club and the players, chance for them to get regular football.
Wages wise you would think that frees up wages to more than pay for Sanson.

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3 months ago
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???

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3 months ago
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“I am not a number I am a free man” πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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3 months ago
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As expat would say, “there’s only one thing worse than being talked about and that’s not being talked about”

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3 months ago
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Yes, there ought to be a bit more of this, unfortunately Arsenal able to get away with sacking a lot of their staff and active in the transfer market, shocking 😎

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3 months ago

Heads up

I have Updated the prediction sheet
It includes this weekends games and next weeks midweek games
UTV

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3 months ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

About time, game finished over an hour ago πŸ™„

Bigfatron
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3 months ago

Salah goal disallowed for hand ball against firminio,when I was younger we didn’t get as close in a slow set as spurs player to firminio,he nearly had his shirt off yet no free to pool

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3 months ago
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It almost looked like two handballs tbh, some nice Liverpool goals today, it just shows the better side wins most often.
Sorry, still a little sore about yesterday

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3 months ago

Probably was hand ball but no free for spurs players arms all over firmino,same as Watkins v hammers,surely if var pick up a foul they have to take 1 st one

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3 months ago

Liverpool playing like Villa 😎

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3 months ago

Being able to finish off sides like Burnley, Spam, Brighton when we dominate the games is part of moving up to the next level. Not sure we’re there just yet but hopefully it will come, fine margins.
Maybe this season is a little too soon but how entertaining were we that 1st half, just fantastic football 😎

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3 months ago
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Didn’t watch but yeah another shock result. I think utd in general have been getting lucky with some results, our recent game just one example, can’t see them winning the league.

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3 months ago

Reading across the webb,Ming’s is getting brunt of blame I actually thought cash was worst defender we had not for 1 st time either,mcginn getting stick me I thought he was decent,barkley didn’t go with his man for the 1st goal ,luis was poor enough traore didn’t come out for 2 nd half at all

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3 months ago
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Mings is becoming a bit of a scapegoat, issue for me was no tracking back 2nd half from Traore & Barkley it seems was done after 45 mins. Add that to a mediocre performance from Luiz. I also though McGinn was okay today.
As Begley says below, subs earlier might have made a huge difference.
I think we did start with our strongest 11 but we have to realize when players are out of gas.
Unfortunate we didn’t put away some easy 1st half chances but we could have retreated a little and shut the game down 2nd half with more of a win ugly approach, maybe Nakamba on & Trezeguet being able to support Cash better, whoever we should have subbed off or on it clearly should have been earlier.
I hope we learn from this.

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Bigfatron
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3 months ago

Agreed

jcv
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3 months ago

Barry wasnt fazed against liverpool.
should be on the bench.

Bigfatron
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3 months ago

Even our subs weren’t ready tonight

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3 months ago

Defending wasn’t great but Barkley and Traore need to be able to last longer in a game, or we need to sub them off earlier. If we could have finished them chances 1st half we would and should of been out of sight.

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3 months ago
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Davies makes me miss heskey lol

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3 months ago
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Lol
Barry is not ready mate, imagine Tarcoski & Mee with Barry πŸ˜‰

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3 months ago

Smith is to blame tonight, doesn’t have the balls to drop big name players,barkley has been awful in last 2 matches,we got out of jail when we went 2 1 up still no subs poor display by smith

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3 months ago
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As Begley says poor game management. 2-1 up we should have got Barkley off before he tired and maybe Nakamba on for Luiz who I didn’t think was great tonight.

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3 months ago
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Need a foreign accent in dressing room 1 win in 5

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3 months ago
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Only 1 win in 5 sounds grim. Should of easily won this game, annoying

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3 months ago

a golden chance to close the gap wasted.
it just goes to show,nothing in this league is guarenteed this season.

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3 months ago
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It’s been years since we took advantage of this type of opportunity to close up on teams, big reason I hate games in hand.

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3 months ago

Our games in hand v spurs and everton not easy ones especially when we only get 1 point from burnley

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3 months ago
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We always seem to struggle for results against the anti football teams. Maybe spurs, Everton we’ll be okay.

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