Happy Boxing Day, all. Hope everyone’s in fine spirits. We’ve almost got this ludicrous year behind us.
But, before we can bid adieu to 2020, we’ve got Crystal Palace visiting before we face Chelsea, United, Spurs and Everton. Tough matches every one. We’ve also got a bit of a jinx running at Villa Park we’d do well to put right.
Anyway, I guess the main news coming in is no Ross Barkley on the bench. For those who get angry with the club for not telling us much, I’ll say there’s no reason they should. We know hamstrings can be notoriously fickle and that he’s trying to get back. We just aren’t necessarily going to get announcements every time he feels good and then gets a twinge. And there’s no point putting him on the bench if there’s any doubt, or if they’re not going to risk him
Dean’s got a winning side to put back out on the pitch, and Barkley can’t play in the next one anyway. Let’s just hope there’s an abundance of caution being employed so that he gets it as sorted as possible for the rest of the season.
When it comes to the Eagles, they’ve got that Liverpool drubbing in their minds. Inspiration? You never know, but I’m betting they’re going to want to acquit themselves a bit better. So, could be a very difficult match. Or they could be bereft of confidence. And they are missing some players. Certainly a match where the first goal might be even more important than usual.
So, given the late hour, that’s all the brilliant insight I have to offer. Oh…I hope Ollie can keep his nose hair onside today.