Villa head to Pride Park to take on Derby County. If nothing else, this fixture and Sheffield United following will not only have a bearing on whether we remain in the playoff mix come the new year, they’ll also tell us something about our prospects if we do make the playoffs.
Villa’s three-game winning streak was interrupted last Friday night with a draw away to Leeds, and today sees Millwall, currently 17th, coming to Villa Park. With Sheffield United and Bristol playing each other, it’s an opportunity to pick up an important three points. Then again, from here on out, pretty much every match carries the same weight.
As I have thought about our trip to Elland Road, which seems a lifetime ago, we had some interesting things to ponder after. A rough first half, a better second, subs that changed the game, a point salvaged, and a final stretch that looked more likely to see Villa grab a winner.
We thought Ipswich might be a good barometer of Villa’s actual strengths, and in the end they posed no real danger. Will Leeds? We’re about to find out.
This is getting boring. Three matches, three wins, nine points. Eight wins in 11 now, as Villa handled Ipswich Town with relative ease to close out a very good week with a 2-0 win courtesy of an Albert Adomah brace. Please feel free to be positive. Or take a nap.