It’s off to the DW Stadium today as Aston Villa visit Wigan and look to start turning draws into wins. As everyone’s been talking about, it’s one of those weekends where Villa could make up some ground and finish the day seventh if everything turns out right.
That, of course, includes getting all three points.
In a bit of a surprise, to me anyway, James Bree will be starting at right back. Tommy Elphick and James Chester will be in the middle, and Neil Taylor out left. Not many surprises elsewhere, as Bjarnason joins Conor Hourihane and John McGinn in midfield. Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi will be on the flanks and Tammy Abraham up top.
Right now, that’s just about the best side Dean’s got, with the only real question being whether Bolasie and El Ghazi will impress since they’ve both struggled with consistency. Henri Lansbury can’t buy a break having tweaked his hamstring again. Jack Grealish is off in Dubai and out of his boot. Kortney Hause has been training with the team.
Now of course this might not be the best side in a couple weeks’ time, as Villa seem to be quietly active behind the scenes. But for now, barring a bit of argument over whether Jonathan Kodjia or Albert Adomah should start, this is what we’ve got. And after the dismal display against Swansea in the Cup, I’m guessing we’ll see plenty of effort. Kodjia’s not made the bench, but Albert has and Alan Hutton will be keeping him, Hause, Whelan, Hogan, and Davis company.
So, not much analysis. It’s three we want, three we need. There’s a whole lot of other stuff up in the air. Now that I’ve put in quite a shift at work this week and gotten a book sent off to the printers, we might dig into some of the other topics in the post-match or during the week.
Over to you.