If nothing else, Bramall Lane will feel a bit more familiar than Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford as Villa seek to get back to winning ways. Not sure it’s going to be any easier to get a result. Still, I’d like to think after the players’ meeting to hash out the Leicester bomb we might see a refocused side with their eyes firmly set on the upcoming run of fixtures and the very vital points available.
We know what we’ll get from Chris Wilder’s men. So job one will be matching their intensity and playing smartly under pressure.
Speaking of Leicester, I was traveling again last week, so I never got the GB&U up…it wasn’t a masterpiece, so I don’t know that anyone missed much there. But it was better than the game, so I did manage to clear a very low bar. Speaking of low bars, Liverpool have done what we needed and kept Watford from getting anything. Let’s hope the rest of the day’s results are equally favorable.
As to the side, we’ve got Engels and Hause at the back, and Guilbert returns. Targett seems to be okay because he’s back in. And those calling for Lansbury will be pleased to see him getting an extremely rare start today. No Hourihane or Jota on the bench.
Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Hause, Targett, Nakamba, Lansbury, McGinn, Grealish, El Ghazi, Wesley.
Nyland, Konsa, Luiz, Trezeguet, Taylor, Elmohamady, Kodjia