Here we are again, three games between another season in the Championship or a return to the big stage. And if Villa want it enough and go play like it, I’d not bet against them.
Eleven games back, I don’t know that anyone would’ve said we’d be playing this last fixture, never mind the one before, safely ensconced in the playoff spots. But we’re back where we were last May, and what looked an intimidating way to finish the season has instead turned into a management exercise for Dean Smith. Expectations. Momentum. Sharpness. Albion. These will be the things on Smith’s mind, and no doubt the players’.
A juicy enough fixture today, and Dean Smith is fielding a full-strength side, with the exception of Tammy Abraham.
As Villa’s remarkable resurgence continues, we got a bit of history to savor on a very good Friday, marching to a ninth consecutive victory for the first time in over a century. Hard to believe that in all the club’s history there’s never been a run of 10.
And then there were five. With 41 played, sixth-placed Bristol City come to Villa Park in a big late-season clash for both clubs. Do Villa keep on winning? Is it time for the bubble to burst?