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Lawro Says Draw - Mystic Mug Says Win


Hot on the heals of a correct Villa to win at Reading prediction (albeit the wrong score, he said 2-1) Lawro this week is saying 1-1 against the ever tough Stoke.

Lawro said:

'Stoke continue to progress very nicely, regularly picking up points to maintain their mid-table place. They gave Chelsea a very good game in the Cup last week before going down 2-0 and picked up a point at Burnley on Wednesday. They are at home and they beat Villa at the Britannia last season in their first campaign back in the Premier League. They are a match for any side on their own turf.' Adding, 'Villa are going to have a lot of fixtures coming up because of their relative success in the cup competitions and that may be problematic to them as they tend to play the same side week in, week out. But Villa are strong and very mentally resolute, as we saw at Reading last week. I can see them getting a point.'

BBC match preview: Click Here

Mystic Mug says 1-0, he doesn't really know which way but being a Villa man, he'll side with us!

MON on Stoke boss Tony Pulis: www.avfc.co.uk
Stoke City's official site match preview: www.stokecityfc.com

Martin O'Neill has backed Villa's mean defence to deal with Rory Delap's lethal long throw. Full quotes: www.avfc.co.uk

John Carew has told the official site: 'It will be a very tough game. It's one of the most difficult away games in the Premier League. It's a game that will be similar to the game against Reading. Stoke are obviously a division higher than Reading but they are a physical side and it will be a physical game on a tiny pitch. We really have to be up for it. I am sure we will be able to get something out of the game.' Fighting talk, go for it JC, get another hattrick!

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Interview with a Stoke fan: Click Here


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 12 2010

Time: 5:42PM

Your Comments

What a hard game this is going to be, i feel this is a much tougher game than playing spurs or city at our place. Stoke are going to be very resiliant and we need to take an early lead and just hold on and grab a second goal because with their long throws and physical players they are always a threat
p.villa
What a hard game this is going to be, i feel this is a much tougher game than playing spurs or city at our place. Stoke are going to be very resiliant and we need to take an early lead and just hold on and grab a second goal because with their long throws and physical players they are always a threat
p.villa
I think stoke are the modern wimbledon and bash their way around, not for the purest! I would take a draw but playing away suits us much better so it is really all to play for. A nice early goal to settle our nerves. UTV.
holte ender 1969
I think stoke are the modern wimbledon and bash their way around, not for the purest! I would take a draw but playing away suits us much better so it is really all to play for. A nice early goal to settle our nerves. UTV.
holte ender 1969
we should do a burnley and move the advertising boards closer to the pitch for delaps throws
jimjim96
we should do a burnley and move the advertising boards closer to the pitch for delaps throws
jimjim96
I believe that Stoke City are a far better footballing team, than many people seem prepared to give them credit for. Yes they have that 'in your face', 'up and at 'em approach' that has served them so well since they arrived in the premier league, but they can also move the ball around sweetly, and are very difficult opponents, particularly on their own patch. In the three premiership encounters to date, they've certainly provided us with some problems, and going back to December '09, I think that it's very fair to say that they were somewhat unfortunate to leave Villa Park without a share of the spoils. Be interesting to see the starting line-up that Mart sends out tomorrow, particularly bearing in mind the fact that the games are about to start coming thick and fast right now. I'd like to see Luke Young re-instated at right full back, particularly to counter the threat of Matthew Etherington (if he plays), while if Gabby isn't 100% fit and raring, then lets give the lad an extra few days to fully recharge his batteries, and go again with John Carew and Emile Heskey up front. Right now, as I write this, I'd happily settle for a point tomorrow, but when you consider the importance of us continuing our challenge for a top four finish, its all three points that are really required.
glensider
I believe that Stoke City are a far better footballing team, than many people seem prepared to give them credit for. Yes they have that 'in your face', 'up and at 'em approach' that has served them so well since they arrived in the premier league, but they can also move the ball around sweetly, and are very difficult opponents, particularly on their own patch. In the three premiership encounters to date, they've certainly provided us with some problems, and going back to December '09, I think that it's very fair to say that they were somewhat unfortunate to leave Villa Park without a share of the spoils. Be interesting to see the starting line-up that Mart sends out tomorrow, particularly bearing in mind the fact that the games are about to start coming thick and fast right now. I'd like to see Luke Young re-instated at right full back, particularly to counter the threat of Matthew Etherington (if he plays), while if Gabby isn't 100% fit and raring, then lets give the lad an extra few days to fully recharge his batteries, and go again with John Carew and Emile Heskey up front. Right now, as I write this, I'd happily settle for a point tomorrow, but when you consider the importance of us continuing our challenge for a top four finish, its all three points that are really required.
glensider
Where is the confidence boys. We will not loose another match this season.
RiF
Where is the confidence boys. We will not loose another match this season.
RiF
I hope summit like 0v4 would take a 0v1
Blitz
I hope summit like 0v4 would take a 0v1
Blitz
Right let's get in their faces then!
holte ender 1969
thats the spirit holte69..... why "settle for a point" glensider? why not lets kick half a dozen goals?
leftfoot
Very level head post Glensider , from a man who goes home and away rain or shine and knows his Villa inside out !
villan57
Very level head post Glensider , from a man who goes home and away rain or shine and knows his Villa inside out !
villan57
give the fonz a run out i am fed up of heskey he doesnt bring anything to the villa at all
black_villian
I've got us down to draw this one, so a win would be an awesome way to go about our top-4 challenge :>
thorpyuk
I've got us down to draw this one, so a win would be an awesome way to go about our top-4 challenge :>
thorpyuk
Thankyou for your kind words '57. You can count on a mere two fingers the number of times I think I've seen us win on Stoke City soil, be in The Victoria Ground or The Britannia Stadium, in over forty years of traveling to the Potteries to witness a meaningful Stoke City vs Aston Villa clash. Its just one of those destinations where we never seem to reign supreme. If you recall, even back in our League Championship winning season, we could only draw there 1-1, a game we were expected to win relatively easily.
glensider
Thankyou for your kind words '57. You can count on a mere two fingers the number of times I think I've seen us win on Stoke City soil, be in The Victoria Ground or The Britannia Stadium, in over forty years of traveling to the Potteries to witness a meaningful Stoke City vs Aston Villa clash. Its just one of those destinations where we never seem to reign supreme. If you recall, even back in our League Championship winning season, we could only draw there 1-1, a game we were expected to win relatively easily.
glensider
 

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