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The Villa Times - 19/12/2008

The Villa Times - 19/12/2008

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Aston Villa will face CSKA Moscow in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup. Full draw: Click Here

Aston Villa would face Shakhtar Donetsk or Spurs in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup, with the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium if they progress. Full draw: Click Here

Interview with Saul from Vital West Ham ahead of the evening clash tomorrow: Interview With A Hammers Fan

Martin O'Neill and John Robertson on inside sport (Video) Click Here

The ever excellent something for the weekend from the Bard of B6 Steve Wade. Something For The Weekend (218)

Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-2 draw in the West Ham v Villa game on Saturday (live on Sultana) Full quotes: Lawro Predicts West Ham v Villa Draw

Martin O'Neill has told Sky Sports that he thinks it is just a matter of time before James Milner gets and England call up and says the player has a fantastic heart. O'Neill said: 'I am naturally very pleased for James after what Fabio said. That will have given him a further boost of confidence. Is he ready for an England call-up? I am sure in time that will come. He has got the ability. He feels he has got much more to give and much more to learn. But he is making very good progress at the moment. I accept the point that if Fabio says anything about any player he likes, then it is raging headlines.' Full quotes: Villa Boss Says Milner Has A 'Fantastic Heart'

Odds for Villa v West Ham (11/5) Draw (12/5) Aston Villa (7/5). For full odds: Click Here

Vital Villa asked in our last poll whether Martin O'Neill was right to field an understrength team in the UEFA Cup game v Hamburg. Seems he was, as 63% voted yes! That left 22% saying they'd have hated it if they had travelled to the game and 9% saying no he wasn't right. The 6% remaining voted 'time will tell!'

Our January Transfer Window Thread is back, just check out the top of the site for the rest of December and all of January. How very exciting!

Video preview for West Ham v Villa: Click Here

The Sunday Mercury are reporting the man who threw the coin at linesman or is it assistant ref's these day, Phil Sharp. Think that is the same one who missed the handball by Gary Cahill in the Villa v Bolton game last week. I digress... Full article: Villa Park Coin Thrower Arrested

MON post Hamburg match reaction: Click Here
randy.stand Hamburg match report: Click Here
Stats for Hamburg v Villa: Click Here

Martin O'Neill says he has heard nothing from Real Madrid following rumours that they had an interest in Villa winger Ashley Young. He told AVTV: Simply put, he's not for sale. He's just signed a new contract with us. I think this is exactly where he should be in this stage of his development and we're hoping we can all develop together. That's our aim. But I suppose the people at the football club and Ashley himself should take some reflected glory in it [the story], if in fact there is anything in it. But remember, we are getting to the old silly season. Not that the story is silly, just that we are going to be linked with a host of players ourselves and some of our players will be linked with other football clubs too.'

Martin O'Neill has spoken about the UEFA Cup clash with CSKA Moscow telling the official site: 'I think the draw is very tough. They won all four games in their group and I think it will be exceptionally difficult. When it comes round, we will give it plenty of thought.' Full article, including MON's call for a winter break: Click Here

Luke Young is looking for some Christmas cheer and hopes Villa can push to 3rd place in the Premier League. He said in the Express & Star: 'If we can win we would go third with Manchester United away in Japan, that would be lovely and almost unbelievable at this stage. It would be an early Christmas. It is exciting. In the squad we are not getting too carried away because there is such a long, long way to go in the season. But at the minute the league table doesn`t lie, we are fourth, having a real good go and we are winning games.'

Have a great weekend one and all.

Thought for the day: I was reading this book today, The History of Glue. I couldn't put it down.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday December 19 2008
Time: 6:22PM

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CSKA Moscow eh? Now theres a tie that will well and truly test us, but its the type of european game we've been craving for some time now, so hopefully the lads will do us proud. Then we'd face a much easier task against Harry Redknapp's lot, providing of course that they can successfully negotiate their tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, no easy ask, that.
08/01/2009 15:52:00
Real Madrid and our very own Ashley Young eh? Whats this? Juande Ramos attempting to make his mark. Cant see too much in this, certainly not at the current time anyway. One day perhaps Ash might decide to savour the delights of football abroad, but hopefully he will remain at Brummagem B6 for a few more seasons yet.
08/01/2009 15:56:00
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