Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Lions To The Valley

Charlton Athletic
vs.
Aston Villa

The Valley

25/02/2006

3pm

Charlton are using this match as a barometer as to 'where they are at' form wise following what Curbs describes as a 'really tough couple of months.' But Villa HAVE to pick up away points due to our awful home form this season with O'Leary admitting the pressure is on them away from home due to the poor displays at the ground formerly known as Fortress Villa Park!

Vital Quotes:

O'Leary said: 'Leave the Aston Villa name out of it, both of us are handling the same budgets money-wise. They may not have the great name or tradition of Aston Villa but in general terms we're in the same boat. Alan Curbishley has probably had more chance to shape the squad because he's had longer in the job. They've had a successful run and have been on an even keel for some years and it's proved that people given longer, for example Sam Allardyce at Bolton has had six years, do better.'

Charlton Athletic Team News:

According to the Vital Charlton site: Charlton Site Preview Click Here

Assuming there are no surprises, expect a return to 4-4-2 for the game with Villa, with Marcus Bent moving up front. Chris Powell and Alexei Smertin were rested against Newcastle, but its probable that at least one of the pair will return on Saturday, at the expense of Jonathan Spector or Matt Holland.

Jerome Thomas, injured in training just prior to the Newcastle game, may be fit to return although he may now have to wait while Darren Ambrose gets another chance wide left. Dennis Rommedahl, missing with a rib injury for some time now, could be fit to return, although lack of match fitness means that a place on the bench is the best that he can hope for. Probable Chartlon team: Myhre, Young, Powell, Hriedarsson, Perry, Kishishev, Smertin, Hughes, Ambrose, Bent M, Bent D. Subs: Andersen, Spector, Holland, Thomas, Bothroyd.

Player to watch: Byran Hughes

According to the Charlton editor he'll be fired up as a former Blue Nose.

Aston Villa Team News:

Mark Delaney will miss up to 3 weeks with a knee injury picked up in the FA Cup match v Man City. Phillips will be hoping to get a look in after the stale striker performances v Man City, but knowing DOL our best natural goalscorer will remain on the bench. Baros and Moore will be most likely to start. (from): Sorensen, Taylor, Hughes, Mellberg, Ridgewell, Samuel, Davis, McCann, Milner, Hendrie, Angel, Baros, Phillips, Moore, Whittingham, Hendrie, De La Cruz.

Player to watch: Liam Ridgewell

He has got to make sure he keeps his concentration and helps Mellberg stay solid following the injury to Delaney.

Match Facts & Stats

Villa are 15th
Best case 13th, worst case remaining 15th.
Away form league: 7th, 4 wins, 5 draws, 4 losses.
Current form: 8th
Last six games: W L D D W L

Charlton are 12th
Best case 11th, worst case 13th.
Home form league: 15th, 5 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses
Current form: 18th
Last six games: D D L W L D

Last season: Charlton Athletic 3-0 Aston Villa (Jeffers 29 and 34. Young 58)
This season: Aston Villa 1-0 Charlton Athletic (Davis)

Villa v Charlton in the Prem: Charlton 3 wins, Villa 8 wins, 2 Draws.
Record at the Valley: Charlton 2 wins, Villa 3 wins, 1 Draws

Ref Watch:

Chris Foy, 11 matches, 2 reds, 28 yellows.

Match Prediction:

Mystic mug wants to know how he is expected to predict the unpredictable Villa? One minute we look like we have turned the corner, the next - like against Man City, we are back to square one. Mystic is sitting firmly on the fence saying a draw.

Next Fixtures:

04/03/2006 PORTSMOUTH
11/02/2006 (Blackburn Rovers) (Sky 5.15pm)
18/02/2006 (Everton) 12.45pm


Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday February 24 2006
Time: 1:39PM

Comments

0
Match predictions here then chaps and chapesses!
The Fear
24/02/2006 13:40:00
0
Match predictions here then chaps and chapesses!
The Fear
24/02/2006 13:40:00
0
From the horses mouth " We are in the same boat as Charlton" We used to swim with Arsenal. How the mighty have fallen
Erod
24/02/2006 14:02:00
0
From the horses mouth " We are in the same boat as Charlton" We used to swim with Arsenal. How the mighty have fallen
Erod
24/02/2006 14:02:00
0
charlton 1-0 villa. Prove me wrong lads.
danvilla2
24/02/2006 16:59:00
0
charlton 1-0 villa. Prove me wrong lads.
danvilla2
24/02/2006 16:59:00
0
I am not going this yera so having witnessed two 3-0 defeats I am going for a 3-0WIN ! (Fatloser faints)
fatloser
24/02/2006 19:42:00
0
I am not going this yera so having witnessed two 3-0 defeats I am going for a 3-0WIN ! (Fatloser faints)
fatloser
24/02/2006 19:42:00
0
We cant afford to get beat. Simple as that. But we probably will. Get beat that is. Heart says 2-0 to us, head says 2-1 to them.
glensider
24/02/2006 23:32:00
0
We cant afford to get beat. Simple as that. But we probably will. Get beat that is. Heart says 2-0 to us, head says 2-1 to them.
glensider
24/02/2006 23:32:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

I'm all out of questions at the moment
Suggested By:
You can suggest one40%
if you want to!60%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
F1 Prediction Competition open for Monaco
Latest Vital Boxing News
Ryan Walsh Successfully Defends British Title
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear336
2.JuanPabloAngel273
3.sirdennis211
4.BBJ174
5.Pride of Lions157
6.villasince67149
7.Silhillvilla125
8.kefkat119
9.mike_field117
10.col8115
The Vital Football Members League