Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday September 21 2012
Lawro and Mystic Mug are finding Villa difficult to predict this year. 4 games in and both pundits have only managed 1 correct forecast! Both were wrong again at the weekend, Lawro said a draw, mystic shamed himself with a loss prediction. As you will know, Villa won handsomely!
This week v Southampton (away)?
Lawro has told BBC Sport he expects a 2-1 win for Southampton.
Looking at the results (see below) I`m not totally sure why to be fair.
He says "Saints boss Nigel Adkins is a good manager and has not suddenly become a bad one but he seems to be under pressure and he really needs a win. To get one on Saturday would be a massive result for Adkins and would stop the murmurings about his future. We are hearing rumours about Rafa Benitez and Harry Redknapp being lined up to take over and the papers will not stop talking about Adkins being on his way out while Saints are struggling."
Adding he has a 'feeling` they will get a good result v us.
On Villa "For Villa, going forward, the partnership up front between Darren Bent and Christian Benteke holds the key. It looks promising and if they hit it off then it will buy the young players in their team some time. That's what Villa need."
Arsenal 6 - 1 Southampton
Southampton 2 - 3 Man Utd
Southampton 0 - 2 Wigan
Man City 3 - 2 Southampton
Aston Villa 2 - 0 Swansea
Newcastle 1 - 1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 1 - 3 Everton
West Ham 1 - 0 Aston Villa
Mystic Mug had early season optimism v West Ham and felt battered after that, subsequently predicting the loss v Everton and carrying on his misery since! However, he saw glimmers v Newcastle United of a team now playing as a unit (not always about the individuals is it?) and obviously was buoyed by a great performance against Swansea, who are a nice passing team. We gave them their first lock out of the season remember, after they`d freely scored in their previous games.
Muggy says this game won`t be a walkover but expects a win and predicts 1-0 to the glow in the dark brigade.
As the title says: An Interview With A Southampton Fan
And our interview for Vital Saints: An Interview With Vital Villa
What say you folks? Leave your predictions in article comments below (come on don`t be lazy, most of you never do this!!!!!) and the win/lose/draw poll on the right hand side of the page.
Date:Friday September 21 2012
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