Many disagree with Project Restart but I suspect we are all happy that today is Match Day and Sheffield United visit Villa Park. Live Premier League action is back and after 100 long days of abstinence, we have a feast of football to look forward to during the next 6 weeks. And what better way to start off than with Aston Villa versus Sheffield United.
Belief and Heart
We need to leave the disappointment of our previous 28 games at the door. It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. There is nothing we can do to influence Dean Smith’s team selection nor his tactics. Today is all about belief and heart. We the fans have had a tough season and a very tough 3 months but today that all ends. Today is the start of a new beginning for Aston Villa Football Club. Today we return! So let’s have a bit of banter, a few beers and sit back and enjoy live football and then perhaps a few more beers.
I think tonight’s game is going to be very difficult to call as both Villa and Sheffield United will be new to playing in an empty stadium. Neither team has played competitive football in over 3 months and full contact training has only started in the last couple of weeks. Project Restart has come about very quickly leaving little time for teams to prepare. So I expect to see a lack of fitness and a scrappy game. However, I also expect to see every Villa player wear the shirt with pride and at an absolute minimum, offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. The team with the fewest errors will in all likelihood come out victorious. But just maybe I am wrong and just maybe a little magic from Grealish and McGinn will create the chances for Villa to kick off the season restart with 3 much-needed points.
The Important Stuff
TV Channel: SkySports Main Event
Check enough beer is cooling in fridge: 9am (UK), 1am (Vancouver)
Program start on Sky: 4:30pm (UK), 8:30am (Vancouver)
Aston Villa & Sheffield Utd team announcements on avfcvillablog.com: 5pm (UK), 9am (Vancouver)
Project Restart Kick-off: 6pm (UK), 10am (Vancouver)
3 points for Villa and we jump to 16th in the table: 7:50pm (UK), 11:50am (Vancouver)
Aston Villa Team Prediction
Result Prediction: 2-0
Match Odds: Aston Villa 11/5, Draw 12/5, Sheffield United 5/4