Here’s me almost forgetting the kickoff time. But, as always, getting something up just before kick-off. Not that there’s much to say. Villa beat Everton 2-1 a couple weeks ago, and the Toffees were poor. Which seems to be their vibe at home. At Villa Park? We’ll see soon enough.
I can say it’s hard to beat a team twice in quick succession, and Everton do still have something to play for. Villa will have to go without Ollie Watkins because of a ludicrous yellow, and Keinan Davis will get the start. How that affects Villa’s tactics, I can’t say. Less high press? More sitting back? Fewer attempts to quickly spring the striker, and instead work to hold up and join in? Could be all of the above. Nothing else is changed behind Davis.
For Villa, the big news obviously is that Grealish has been training and returns to the bench. I’m guessing Deano will give him some minutes, but I can’t say that’s a sure thing. I doubt he wants him out there getting kicked for no real reason. And while I don’t believe that Jack is simply angling for Euro fitness, I would believe that Dean is sympathetic to protecting him so that he can make the squad. It’s a part of keeping him at Villa, as well as his long-term fitness. No one wants this re-occurring.
So here’s to a good night for Keinan: It would be great for all of us if he could lead us to three points to leapfrog Leeds back into the top half.
Over to you.