Big game. No Jack. Other players fit. Let’s see how Smith adapts to this one. I’d like to see BB starting instead of Whelan or Jedi, but I’ve no idea about his fitnesss levels. Beyond that, team sort of picks itself. Over to you.
Depending on reports, Steve Bruce might well be living on borrowed time, making tonight’s match with cellar-dwellers Preston North End sort of a must-win just 11 games into the campaign. Seemingly, key milestones determining just how much time he has are the imminent appointment of a director of football and the October international break. That’s what the papers are saying, anyway.
It was scrappy. It was lucky (maybe). It was vital. Aston Villa hosted Cardiff City Tuesday night in front of Prince William, and a Jack Grealish wonder goal saw Villa take home all three points. Oh, and John Carew was there, too.
We thought Ipswich might be a good barometer of Villa’s actual strengths, and in the end they posed no real danger. Will Leeds? We’re about to find out.
A good fightback from Villa on the road is followed by a visit from bottom-dwelling Sunderland. Surely this is a moment where Villa need to dig deep for another three points if we’re to believe in ourselves.