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Villa Head To Head v Blackburn (Carling Cup)

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* Due to Europa League qualification. *Call it laziness or the fact I've just got off a night shift but this is just re-jigged version of last weeks Head-To-Head and as such, doesn't include statistics picked up in Blackburn's match against Manchester City.

Last Matches

ASTON VILLA 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Seems a long while ago now since this was played. It was a night of much changed line-ups with both teams having an eye on tonight`s fixture. Villa started the game well and by half time seemed out of sight as Delfouneso & Cuellar had put 2-0 up, Brad Guzan had saved yet another penalty and Diouf had managed to get himself sent off for a reckless challenge on international teammate, Habib Beye. In the second half Blackburn pulled one back when the normally reliable Guzan dropped the ball in the box for Kalinic to poke home. As the final whistle neared Carew was felled in the box as he was runned AWAY from goal for a penalty to be awarded that he cheekily prodded over the line.

Manchester City 4-1 BLACKBURN ROVERS

Carlos Tevez, the player deemed not good enough for united continued his fine goal scoring run and made Blackburn Rover's his b*tch with a hattrick on top of a Michah Richard strike(Yes you read right). Morten Gamst Pedersen claimed a goal of his own to try and spare some blushes but the damage was done and Mancini pushed Sam Allerdyce closer to the exit (If rumours are to be believed)

milner full back

Likely Line-Ups

ASTON VILLA

Martin O`Neill should recall all his stars back for this hugely important semi-final barring the obvious omission of Friedel as Guzan keeps his place for the cup competitions. James Milner will have overcome a bruised foot to reclaim his central position after being played out wide in the loss against Liverpool - you watch him cover every blade of grass. The called off games has actually proved usual for one thing as he would have missed this one last week.

Goal: Guzan
Defence: L. Younng, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock
Midfield: A. Young, Petrov, Milner, Downing
Up Front: Agbonlahor, Heskey

BLACKBURN

Blackburn will likely play with David Dunn behind the two strikers and dropping back into the midfield so if ever there is a time for Petrov to stand up and be counted, then this is it.

Goal: Robinson
Defence: Chimbonda, Nelsen, Samba, Givet
Midfield: Emerton, Dunn, Pedersen, N`Zonzi
Up Front: Di Santo, McCarthy

Treatment Table

ASTON VILLA

Bouma (toe)
Davies (shoulder)

BLACKBURN

Grella (thigh)


Suspensions

Blackburn Rovers

Diouf (3 games)

Aston Villa

None

Key Men

Stephen Warnock: Could have been a number of players but I`ll plump for Warnock again facing his old club. Did well on against Blackburn in the FA Cup and linked with Downing tremendously to get forward in support.

Warnock

Brett Emerton: One of Blackburn`s best players returns from a groin problem to claim a starting line position and will be one of their key threats.

Prediction

The last time Aston Villa were in a semi final was in this very competition against this very manager as we were beaten by Sam Allerdyce`s Bolton 5-4 on aggregate in 2004, we all know the result of our last final in 1996 when be beat Leeds United 3-0.

Blackburn however won their only ever final of this competition in 2002 but in all the years these League founding members have been in existence, they`ve never played each other in this competition.

Very little was learned from Saturday`s clash between these two teams as both managers rung the changes. The only thing that could be said of the game is that Villa have a better squad but that won`t count for much tonight.

Blackburn still maintain their 10 game winless streak and the 3 goals conceded on Saturday now mean that they have conceded 10 goals in their last 5 games. In contrast, Villa have won 6 of their last 8 games with the two losses coming against top four opposition in Liverpool & Fabregas whilst scoring 14 goals and keeping 4 clean sheets in the process.

I could reel off records and statistics all day but it all counts for diddlysquat in a semi final.

The only thing that matters tonight is the hunger of the players and who wants it more.

I was a bit more hesitant when predicting this result last time around, but now? I'm in full Cup fever and can only see a drubbing. Blackburn haven't been playing too well of late and with all the behind the scenes nonesense going on at Ewood Park, then Villa are all set to put themselves in the final tonight making the return leg a mere formality.

Prediction… Blackburn Rovers 0-3 Aston Villa




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Writer: JayVFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 5 2010

Time: 10:12AM

Your Comments

love these, top work as usual. Really think this will be called off though, motorways are in a right two and eight and from a decent start even outside here in Redditch the snow is now coming down thick and fast. Can't see me risking it, hours stuck on a motorway isn't my idea of fun!
The Fear
love these, top work as usual. Really think this will be called off though, motorways are in a right two and eight and from a decent start even outside here in Redditch the snow is now coming down thick and fast. Can't see me risking it, hours stuck on a motorway isn't my idea of fun!
The Fear
From Moylesy, I mean Jim... Last minute inspection, treachorous roads, thousands of villa fans braving the elements, nerves and tension about if it's all worth it??? It sounds to me like this match has all the makings of a classic that could spoken of for years to come.
JayVFC
From Moylesy, I mean Jim... Last minute inspection, treachorous roads, thousands of villa fans braving the elements, nerves and tension about if it's all worth it??? It sounds to me like this match has all the makings of a classic that could spoken of for years to come.
JayVFC
In manchester the snow is shin high in parts - and can imagine it's worse in the higher laying Blackburn area. Closures on the M60, M62 and M6 and major disruptions to public transport. In the likely event of the game being postponed, does anyone know when it is likely to be rescheduled for?
bazzah
In manchester the snow is shin high in parts - and can imagine it's worse in the higher laying Blackburn area. Closures on the M60, M62 and M6 and major disruptions to public transport. In the likely event of the game being postponed, does anyone know when it is likely to be rescheduled for?
bazzah
I've heard whispers that it should be the 14th Jan Bazzah.
JayVFC
I've heard whispers that it should be the 14th Jan Bazzah.
JayVFC
It would be great if the game could go ahead an the orange ball makes an appearance! The official website have issued a statement saying they are in discussions with the met office and police about the game.
bazzah
It would be great if the game could go ahead an the orange ball makes an appearance! The official website have issued a statement saying they are in discussions with the met office and police about the game.
bazzah
Really want this to go ahead. Been looking forward to it for ages and a little snow won't stop me.
JayVFC
Really want this to go ahead. Been looking forward to it for ages and a little snow won't stop me.
JayVFC
No way can they play this. More snow than I've seen since I lived in Canada today. Traffic at a total standstill around the Ewood area. More snow all day forecast. Doubt I could make it from 2 miles away never mind you lot!
Uncle Jack's Nephew
No way can they play this. More snow than I've seen since I lived in Canada today. Traffic at a total standstill around the Ewood area. More snow all day forecast. Doubt I could make it from 2 miles away never mind you lot!
Uncle Jack's Nephew
match is off...as stated for safety reasons on BBC website
Bangkok Villan
match is off...as stated for safety reasons on BBC website
Bangkok Villan
Yeah, gutted but it's for the best. Hopefully it's better conditions for when it's rescheduled.
JayVFC
Yeah, gutted but it's for the best. Hopefully it's better conditions for when it's rescheduled.
JayVFC
Referring to the article, though, with these head to heads, how the HELL could blackburn be confident? that's football though, i guess! such a shame it's called off. as long as the first leg is played before the second, i'll be happy :)
benji_starsky_avfc
Referring to the article, though, with these head to heads, how the HELL could blackburn be confident? that's football though, i guess! such a shame it's called off. as long as the first leg is played before the second, i'll be happy :)
benji_starsky_avfc
Blackburn have every right to be confident having beaten us once at Ewood Park surely? Most will know they aren't the favourites but we aren't in the position not to take them very seriously as they'll hit us if we do!

My understanding - might be wrong - is that the legs have to be played in the order that was drawn.
vitalfootballadmin
Blackburn have every right to be confident having beaten us once at Ewood Park surely? Most will know they aren't the favourites but we aren't in the position not to take them very seriously as they'll hit us if we do!

My understanding - might be wrong - is that the legs have to be played in the order that was drawn.
vitalfootballadmin
damn, meant to be via my The Fear not admin login, can't be bothered to delete and re-do though! :o)
The Fear
damn, meant to be via my The Fear not admin login, can't be bothered to delete and re-do though! :o)
The Fear
It doesnt say on the bbc website its off? and skysports are still advertising it for tonight?
claretandbluearmy
It doesnt say on the bbc website its off? and skysports are still advertising it for tonight?
claretandbluearmy
Lol, sorry claretandbluearmy, they are old comments from last week. I just moved this to the top and edited it to avoid having two head to heads of the same match. Apologies for the confusion :)
JayVFC
Lol, sorry claretandbluearmy, they are old comments from last week. I just moved this to the top and edited it to avoid having two head to heads of the same match. Apologies for the confusion :)
JayVFC
Christ, i was panicking then, looking out my window thinking "the snow isnt that bad". Roll on 4pm, get to Blackburn for 5ish, meet my Rovers mate for tea, maybe a few shandys in the Fernhurst, then sing my hear t out with the 5500 claret blue army, ive got goosepimples!
pauled177
Christ, i was panicking then, looking out my window thinking "the snow isnt that bad". Roll on 4pm, get to Blackburn for 5ish, meet my Rovers mate for tea, maybe a few shandys in the Fernhurst, then sing my hear t out with the 5500 claret blue army, ive got goosepimples!
pauled177
Phew!!lol
claretandbluearmy
Phew!!lol
claretandbluearmy
Very complacent wiht your predicitions guys... Rovers may have been bad in recent weeks but we need a response and we are all fairly sure we will get one. Furthermore we have played the last two games with this in mind!!! But by all means having said that... please, be complacent.
Mikey Delap
Very complacent wiht your predicitions guys... Rovers may have been bad in recent weeks but we need a response and we are all fairly sure we will get one. Furthermore we have played the last two games with this in mind!!! But by all means having said that... please, be complacent.
Mikey Delap
will have to chuckle if you're wrong, mikey.
benji_starsky_avfc
will have to chuckle if you're wrong, mikey.
benji_starsky_avfc
likewise Mr. "Blackburn shouldnt be confident!!!"... we seem to remember a few of you thinking the Ewood game earlier in the year would be a turn up and win job, look how that turned out! Youa re favourites without doubt but to assume you are already at Wembley has shown in the past it will bite you on the backside!
Mikey Delap
likewise Mr. "Blackburn shouldnt be confident!!!"... we seem to remember a few of you thinking the Ewood game earlier in the year would be a turn up and win job, look how that turned out! Youa re favourites without doubt but to assume you are already at Wembley has shown in the past it will bite you on the backside!
Mikey Delap
We already are at Wembley Mikey :) That's not arrogance, it's just enjoying the spirit of the semi final. You guys should feel the same as well. It's what these days are all about afterall.
JayVFC
We already are at Wembley Mikey :) That's not arrogance, it's just enjoying the spirit of the semi final. You guys should feel the same as well. It's what these days are all about afterall.
JayVFC
C'MON VILLA, C'MON VILLA, C'MON VILLA, C'MON!!!
bazzah
C'MON VILLA, C'MON VILLA, C'MON VILLA, C'MON!!!
bazzah
just mostly footie trash talk though isn't it? Always confident when faced by the opposition but most of us know we have no automatic ability to turn up anywhere and win, never have had. On balance I fancy our chances over two legs and think your recent form is poor BUT think most of us know this is a cup game and anything can happen!
The Fear
just mostly footie trash talk though isn't it? Always confident when faced by the opposition but most of us know we have no automatic ability to turn up anywhere and win, never have had. On balance I fancy our chances over two legs and think your recent form is poor BUT think most of us know this is a cup game and anything can happen!
The Fear
Need villa to win tonight to get me my £50 lol come on the villa! anyone able to confirm if milner is match fit? Read somewhere that he was injured :S
leeb25
Need villa to win tonight to get me my £50 lol come on the villa! anyone able to confirm if milner is match fit? Read somewhere that he was injured :S
leeb25
why has NRC been dropped he was the man of the match last game then they bring on donkey sidwell?
ShaneBlack
why has NRC been dropped he was the man of the match last game then they bring on donkey sidwell?
ShaneBlack
I totally understand the way you feel Mikey, we'll come into the final with the same sort of attitude against either of the mancs :) no, honestly it's still a very open game by all affairs! conceded, on paper, we should have the villa park game in our pocket. but your lot will really be throwing it all at us. i really do think with a little more creativity and better defenders your team would be a lot higher than they are now and would have given us more of a game tonight. were either of them penalties? double post! gabby is now suspended for the wet spam game. clattenberg's a tool. very excited about going upto VP next week. I mean no disrespect to blackburn or yourself Mikey, but I think clearly we've got one foot in the final!
benji_starsky_avfc
I totally understand the way you feel Mikey, we'll come into the final with the same sort of attitude against either of the mancs :) no, honestly it's still a very open game by all affairs! conceded, on paper, we should have the villa park game in our pocket. but your lot will really be throwing it all at us. i really do think with a little more creativity and better defenders your team would be a lot higher than they are now and would have given us more of a game tonight. were either of them penalties? double post! gabby is now suspended for the wet spam game. clattenberg's a tool. very excited about going upto VP next week. I mean no disrespect to blackburn or yourself Mikey, but I think clearly we've got one foot in the final!
benji_starsky_avfc
 

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