Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa Head To Head v Blackburn (Carling Cup)

Villa Head To Head v Blackburn (Carling Cup)

forum

* 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

Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stracey Interview



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

Writer:JayVFC
Date:Tuesday January 5 2010
Time: 10:12AM

Comments

0
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
05/01/2010 10:14:00
0
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
05/01/2010 10:14:00
0
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
05/01/2010 10:37:00
0
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
05/01/2010 10:37:00
0
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
05/01/2010 10:40:00
0
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
05/01/2010 10:40:00
0
I've heard whispers that it should be the 14th Jan Bazzah.
JayVFC
05/01/2010 10:42:00
0
I've heard whispers that it should be the 14th Jan Bazzah.
JayVFC
05/01/2010 10:42:00
0
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
05/01/2010 10:48:00
0
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
05/01/2010 10:48:00
Page 1/5
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Something For The Weekend (555)

It was destined to be a week haunted by old doubts after Bruce's Villa relinquished their invincibility tag, as they lost to Leeds United.

From Hate To Love! 5 Teams Villa Fan Does Like (Opinion)

JuanPabloAngel yesterday told us which opposition teams he hated. Today he's showing the love.

Away Fan Consultation Minutes From 7/12/2016 Meeting

The away fan consultation minutes from the last meeting.

The Villa Times - 09/12/2016 (Aston Villa News Round-up)

The uno fish ial Aston Villa news and views round up...

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

The Vital Villa Player Of November
Suggested By: JP Fear
Gollini7%
Hutton1%
Chester4%
Baker5%
Westwood2%
Amavi3%
Jedinak33%
Gardner1%
Grealish2%
Gestede2%
Kodjia32%
Adomah 5%
Ayew1%
Other2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Red Bull Racing to take advantage of Merc turmoil?
Latest Vital Boxing News
Joshua v Molina – The Weigh-In
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 18 2016 12:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 29 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear205
2.JuanPabloAngel131
3.HeathfieldRoad187495
4.sirdennis84
5.TuBBz74
6.BodyButter73
7.Stephen Jay Hawkings55
8.DeanoVilla51
9.Wurzel49
10.kefkat32
Vital Football Comment