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Tammy Abraham Returns To Aston Villa

Later today, Tammy Abraham returns to Aston Villa. Oh, how I wish this blog title was about Tammy Abraham’s return to Aston Villa to wear claret and blue. Last season Tammy quickly found a place in many Villa fans heart’s, and it is easy to see why. Villa won promotion to the Premier League and I will be forever grateful to him for his contribution. Without his goals, Villa would still be in the Championship.

But it was not just his goals, it was so many other things too. He wore the Villa shirt with pride always giving 110% on the pitch. However, Tammy wasn’t just a goal scorer, he was regularly found back defending set pieces and corners successfully. Always playing the game with a smile on his face he looked like he really enjoyed playing for Aston Villa. In the January transfer window, he refused a move up to the Premier League with Wolves to stay at Villa. Earlier this season, in our away fixture to Chelsea, Tammy scored against us and refused to celebrate. This showed a lot about the man’s character, and if he had taken the move to Wolves, we would still be in the Championship. So thank you, Tammy Abraham, you are a Villa hero.

Sunday afternoon at Villa Park

It is Sunday today, and we have the late afternoon kickoff against Chelsea. This usually is my favourite kickoff time of the week. It is when I put dinner in the oven and pop down to the local with the Mrs for a few pints and to watch Aston Villa on TV. After the game, we are home by 7:30pm, have a nice dinner and asleep by about 10:30pm. Today will be different but still a few drinks and a nice dinner to accompany Aston Villa hosting Chelsea at Villa Park.

Watching the behind closed door game against Sheffield on TV was very different. After switching channels a few times, I ended up watching the game with the canned crowd noise in the background. I didn’t expect to like it, but Sky did a reasonable job, and there was more atmosphere than watching the silent Villa Park channel. So later on today I will have a beer, a lamb shank with gravy and mash and some canned noise on TV. Not quite as good as going to the pub but I will still enjoy it. And as it is Father’s day, I would like the added bonus of a good result for Villa.

Tammy Abraham returns

Frank Lampard has some world-class players to choose from, so regardless of what team we face, it is safe to say Chelsea will be no pushover. Tammy Abraham returns to Villa Park, and I expect him to lead the line. No doubt he will be keen to impress Lampard with Chelsea having just signed Timo Werner. Jorginho has effectively left Chelsea. He is serving a suspension and following that I understand he is signing for Roma and is refusing to sign a short term contract extension. Kante is rumoured to be injured, so there is possibly a little weakness for Smith to exploit. As mentioned above, no Chelsea team will be weak and we will be up against a quality side.

Smith’s team selection

After my team prediction against The Blades, I feel I would have more success randomly throwing darts at pictures of our players trying to predict Smith’s starting 11. Just thinking, maybe that’s how Smith did it? Above all, the critical decision for me is who Smith starts upfront; Samatta or Davis. With only 4 goals from 58 appearances for Villa, it is fair to say Keinan Davis is hardly prolific. This is a genuinely awful return and should restrict a Premier League striker to the bench or the reserves. Actually, with that level of scoring, you should not even be a Premier League striker. However, Davis played really well against Sheffield Utd, and I believe he deserves to keep the shirt. However, I would like to see Smith bring on Samatta as a substitute to play alongside Davis as opposed to replacing Davis.

Our defence is going to have to cope with Tammy’s Abraham’s return to Villa Park. We kept a clean sheet against Sheffield, so the straightforward logic suggests we stick with the same defensive unit. This would be wrong as in my opinion I think Nyland needs to be replaced in goal. I don’t really mind which of Reina or Steer starts but when push comes to shove I would probably opt for Reina. The reason being I believe Reina has better distribution, and he has that extra bit of experience.

Made in Egypt at Villa Park

When Villa visited Chelsea earlier in the season, we went behind in the 24th minute to a header from that Villa hero, Tammy Abraham. However, in the 41st minute, we drew level with a goal made in Egypt. Elmo with a delightful cross and Trezeguet used his pace to beat his defender and slot the ball past Kepa. This was the Premier League’s first-ever goal scored by an Egyptian with the assist from a fellow Egyptian. I am sure Nassef Sawiris, our Egyptian owner, enjoyed that goal.

Against Sheffield, we were the better team, but we failed to score, and this ultimately cost us 2 valuable points. I appreciate that Davis is not finding the net too often, but I think he was unlucky to come up against Dean Henderson. Our biggest weakness on Wednesday evening came from our wide players. We need a little more of the ‘Made In Egypt’ against Chelsea and for that reason I would like to see Elmo and Trezeguet given a start. This would give us a little more attacking flair and at the same time, strengthen our defence; with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham return to Aston Villa, our defenders will need to be on their game.

The Villa starting 11

This is not my first choice Villa starting 11, my preference would be to see Guilbert, Engels and Samatta start. Obviously, McGinn is key to our survival and he must start every game as we need his drive to stay up. But this is a starting 11 of players that is fit and available which I think is somewhat along the lines of what Smith may pick.

Smith v Lampard

With three wins last season Dean Smith clearly had the upper hand over Frank Lampard. Our two league games finished 3-0 and 4-0 to The Villa which helped us to secure our playoff place. At the time of playing these games, we were not expected to win, let alone get those type of results. Then May 27th arrived which resulted in Villa beating Derby in the richest game in world football, and again, Dean Smith emerged with the plaudits. A 2-1 league win earlier this season gave Frank revenge but that was with a Chelsea team and at Stamford Bridge.

The clean sheet on Wednesday will have given Villa a little boost in confidence which needs to be taken into the head to head with Lampard. Importantly, we have experienced a competitive game played in an empty stadium while Chelsea has not. I am not suggesting that this game will be straightforward or that we should be getting points from it, but there is a little hope. For this reason, I am going for a 1-1 draw and a very well earned point for Aston Villa. A point will not be enough to move us up the league, but we would be level on points with those above us.

Yesterday away from Villa Park

Villa’s Premier League status next season is not just about our results, it is also about our relegation rivals. Finishing above 3 other teams is our objective regardless of whether this is by goal difference or points clear, it doesn’t really matter. We are now back to the position where we have played a game less than our relegation rivals. Not really a game in hand as we are playing Chelsea later today in the same game week but still an opportunity we should be looking to exploit.

So the question is, how did the other results impact Villa’s survival? Watford’s late equaliser didn’t help, but the 2 point gap between us remains the same since the restart. However, Brighton coming from behind and taking 3 points in the 95th minute was a bit of a sickener. However, If any team was to pick up 3 points, I would have picked Brighton as they are top of the 6 team relegation mini-league.

The ones that went Villa’s way

Norwich, West Ham and Bournemouth each lost comprehensively, and each is looking like Championship contenders. Irrespective of the result against Chelsea, we have closed or extended the gap on all 3 teams. This is precisely what Villa needed to do, and more game weeks like this will keep us in the Premier League.

I have tried to summarise the Relegation Mini-League below showing the points gained in each game week. Looking at the Total Points Gained there are 3 teams below us, we are joint 2nd with The Hammers on points won, and we still have a game to play. If you offered me that before the restart, I would have happily accepted.

Relegation Battle: Points gained since restart

The important stuff

TV Channel: SkySports Main Event

Aston Villa & Chelsea team announcements on avfcvillablog.com: 3:15pm (UK), 7:15am (Vancouver)

Program start on Sky: 4:00pm (UK), 8:00am (Vancouver)

Kick-off: 4:15pm (UK), 8:15am (Vancouver)

Result Prediction: 1-1

Match Odds: Aston Villa 9/2, Draw 10/3, Chelsea 8/15

Relegation Odds: Norwich 1/33, Villa 4/11, Bournemouth 4/7, West Ham 15/8, Watford 5/2, Brighton 8/1

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Begley
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jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

hi all,
im lost for words,but ill give it a go.
of course no fan wants us to go down.but at the same time,its agony watching us at this time.

i did say when lamberk was here,that if we are not to compete,we may as well go down.and we are at that stage once again.
i know we all love and support this club,but lets be honest,its getting harder and harder watching our games when we probably know the outcome.
there is no passion,fight or anything that will suggest we will survive.

as for DS and co,the sooner they go the better.he is not going to change his ways,he is stuck on 4-3-3.
id rather get somebody like warnock or big sam in,just to see if a change is as good as a rest.

i know what you are probably thinking.
but at this moment in time,beggars cant be choosers.
we have got nothing to lose.
i dont even know if i can stomach watching another game with him in charge.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

Has begleys wife found his karen stash lol

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

Well he did mention a lamb shank for dinner earlier ???

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

On another note, I’ve changed my mind on the canned crowd noise, got the opportunity to watch the Liverpool game with “stadium sound” or should I say echo, on DAZN today for the first time. I changed back to the canned noise pretty soon, artificial or not, its better with the crowd noise.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

Hope terry got on chelsea bus didn’t even celebrate when we scored complete tosser

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

Bit harsh, I think its just showing a bit of respect, when Tammy scored in the reverse fixture he didn’t celebrate much either. Don’t see much wrong with that.
Besides he’s hardly had to think about reactions to us scoring for a while 🙂

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

Terry here 3 years now ,I know the feeling on scoring tho

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago

That was as easy a win as Chelsea will have had all season and we just don’t look up for the fight, even Grealish seems to have given up now and I will be amazed if we are still in the premier next season after such a gutless display.
DS earned himself a shot after getting us up last season but it has become clear as the season has gone on that he is struggling at this level, and unfortunately it will cost us our place in this division and it could be a very long way back.

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

Tend to agree only got the press going when a goal down. I was preaching solid and keep shape but at same time you can’t just roll over. I was amazed we were constantly attacked down our left, Targett not great, but Smith did nothing about it.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

Some good points in that post ,takes a rant

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

well,
ive got nothing left to say about DS and co today.
so cheers all ??

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

Really nothing nice??

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

at least you got angry enough to post mate.
great to hear from you.????

AVFCVillablog
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5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

Thanks Buddy
Following Villa should have a public health warning.

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  AVFCVillablog

LOL

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

Wednesday night either elmo or Freddie right back,4 in the middle and 2 up fro t

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

dont think it matters now mate.
DS wont change now.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

Someone needs to tell the rich owners we are a sure bet for relegation and a massive income drop

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

Handbags at the end there a little
silly, ref wasn’t very strong for protecting Jack.
Since when have you been allowed to make a defensive sub just before an opponents freekick?
Seems clear Villa get very little respect from refs, media, nothing changes.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

If jack would pass the ball he might end up fouled less

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

to be honest,ive got sick of jack just looking to be fouled.
he should be driving forward and scoring goals.like lampard used to do.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

Agreed

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

To true we are so slow in moving the ball, no urgency and Jack doesn’t help that.

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

Well if we didn’t know it we are in a relegation battle, gained a point on our closest rivals this weekend. Its looking like a must win at Newcastle unless the others are worse than us.
I can’t knock the tactics, playing open we’d have lost anyway, shame a couple of chances didn’t go in, off my seat as Jota’s cut back rolled past ?

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

DS should be gone tonight,its our only chance

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
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Doesn’t matter now what is anyone going to change drinky lad from Swansea,we are gone ,clueless smith

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago

I know we have had an enforced break, but 1 point out of the last 18 is relegation form by anyones standards. Chelsea are a decent side but they have dominated from start to finish and we have given them so much space to play its been as comfortable a win as you could get.
For those of us that were hoping Chelsea might have been rusty, its been us that have laboured from start to finish.
While the argument could be we havent lost ground on those around us, we are not making ground up either and we cant rely on those teams helping us out by dropping points either.
Next 4 games are Newcastle and Liverpool away, and Wolves and Man Utd at home, cant see us getting too many points out of those and there are only 4 games left after those. I now fear the worst.

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
Reply to  Muz1

1 from 18 dire stat. Lost 6 games from winning positions this season also.
Just got to hope for some improvement and 3 performing worse than us im afraid.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

11 men back ,2 corners in a row Chelsea players free all over the place smith terry youse are a disgrace to call yourself coaches

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

Everyone’s happy to foul jack because we are so bad at setpieces

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

did we miss the boat,DS should have gone after the leicester game if not before

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
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Should have been gone at xmas mate so far out of his depth,and nothing to do with today’s performance

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

Hause unlucky just too much on it. Some encouragement though

Muz1
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Muz1
5 months ago

That was so poor. once again so much space and time.

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