Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Preview - Or Me Gone Mad?!

Aston Villa
vs.
Fulham

Villa Park

24/03/2006

3pm

Ok, hands up, I'm losing interest. I can't wait for this season to be over, then like a lot of fans, I've got to decide whether I'm going to renew my season ticket or find some other way to waste my money and be miserable. The Ellis and O'Leary double act (tweedle dee and tweedle dum as I so unlovingly call them) have driven thousands of fans away this season and if they remain next season, I can only see things getting worse, especially as there is so clearly little money for transfers in the summer.

Anyway, this game against Fulham is a crunch game. Aitkin has said the fans need to back the team - in other words don't chant for O'Leary's sacking - as he knows the importance of the game. Well, nice of him to point it out, after the useless displays this season, I don't think the six pointer situation of tomorrow has been lost on the fans.

With Fulham just below us in the league, a win for Villa will all but guarantee their safety. A loss and we might be in for an uncomfortable run in with Arsenal away (we rarely if ever win), two local derbies (anything can happen), Wigan away just two days after the Blues game, Man City (who have the hoodoo over us) and Liverpool away (we don't win at Anfield period!). Our final game might be the home banker we need as it is against Sunderland, but then again, football is a funny old game and they will be relaxed and so who knows!?

All doom and gloom? Maybe I am these days, but can anyone seriously say they have any faith in the way we have been playing? Has anyone REALLY enjoyed this season and its many humiliations? Do the fans enjoy listening to the non-media-friendly-O'Leary OR the sight of a very ill old man still struggling to make it to the games but still ruling the mighty Villa with an iron fist? Villa have a kids for a quid type promotion, it might just get the attendance over 30 000, but only just.

I must remember to take my knitting with me, give me something to do during the game. DJ, do you need a new hat to keep that shiny bonce warm?!! ;-p (Yes, I know, kettle and black).

Aston Villa Team News:

The defensive crisis goes on as Olof Mellberg misses the game with a hamstring. Aaron Hughes will be favourite to deputies. Delaney is still unfit so DLC should fill in on the right. Phillips and Angel return, but Milner, Jlloyd Samuel and Milan Baros are all out. Agbonlahor could be on the bench having impressed with a goal v Man City. I tell you what, I'd have put Hercules in the squad, he might not be very quick, but he is 100% Villa! I might take my boots to see if I can get a game. Mind you, what good kinky boots would do I don't know. (from): Sorensen, Taylor, De La Cruz, Hughes, Ridgewell, Bouma, Hendrie, McCann, Davis, Barry, Whittingham, Moore, Phillips, Angel, Agbonlahor, Jumper Jumper, Gardner.

Player to watch: Gareth Barry.

Some may boo him, but I think if he hadn't been on the form he has been this season, we would be going down. He is quality.

Fulham Team News:

I'll be honest, I'm not really interested, all I want is three points from Villa and as this preview is descending into something quite bizarre, I'll pass on Fulham and neatly side step the fact they played like a compact unit last week to beat Chelsea. Wayne Bridge, Antti Niemi and Papa Dapa Duper Diop are all out.

Player to watch: Boa Morte.

On his day he can be deadly.

Ref Watch:

Lee Mason, 1 match, 4 yellows.

Match Prediction:

Sky Sports predict 1-1, Mystic mug concurs. He has stopped polishing his balls now, he is more interested in predicting the next manager of Aston Villa and the potential date that Ellis will leave. At the moment he says 2309 as he is convinced that Ellis is in-fact Mr Burns from the Simpson's and that he will go on forever. As the Baggies might say, yam gorra laff.


Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday March 24 2006
Time: 3:19PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
You'll renew your season ticket Jon. As well everyone on here, that has one this season. The rest of us will go to as many games a season as we can. We will all met on here and moan and groan about Villa. Why? Easy this club is in our blood.
still skeggy
24/03/2006 15:25:00
0
You'll renew your season ticket Jon. As well everyone on here, that has one this season. The rest of us will go to as many games a season as we can. We will all met on here and moan and groan about Villa. Why? Easy this club is in our blood.
still skeggy
24/03/2006 15:25:00
0
I'll be renewing, but 1000's won't. O'Leary says that "we play high tempo attacking football". Platty says "that's bullsh1t".
platty
24/03/2006 15:52:00
0
I'll be renewing, but 1000's won't. O'Leary says that "we play high tempo attacking football". Platty says "that's bullsh1t".
platty
24/03/2006 15:52:00
0
Hands up who will be renewing? Thought so. I wont either unless there is wholesale change throught the club and big money invested. Sick and tired of the same old con tricks. I am not on my own I know of SIX season ticket holders who are doing the same. Some of 20 season ticket seasons standing. I will pick and choose next season. Aaah Saturday, shall I choose gardening, shopping with the missus or the local for a few tots? Sorry Villa but you have 'urinated on your chips' too many times...
AC
24/03/2006 16:06:00
0
Hands up who will be renewing? Thought so. I wont either unless there is wholesale change throught the club and big money invested. Sick and tired of the same old con tricks. I am not on my own I know of SIX season ticket holders who are doing the same. Some of 20 season ticket seasons standing. I will pick and choose next season. Aaah Saturday, shall I choose gardening, shopping with the missus or the local for a few tots? Sorry Villa but you have 'urinated on your chips' too many times...
AC
24/03/2006 16:06:00
0
... forgot to add. Will we see the fist sub 30000 league gate on Saturday. I think we will.
AC
24/03/2006 16:07:00
0
... forgot to add. Will we see the fist sub 30000 league gate on Saturday. I think we will.
AC
24/03/2006 16:07:00
0
No AC the fact kids can get in for a quid will put pay to a sub 30000 gate, otherwise I think you might have been right.
still skeggy
24/03/2006 17:47:00
0
No AC the fact kids can get in for a quid will put pay to a sub 30000 gate, otherwise I think you might have been right.
still skeggy
24/03/2006 17:47:00
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
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)

Blackburn MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Johnstone0%
Hutton40%
Chester20%
Baker20%
Taylor20%
Bacuna0%
Hourihane0%
Gardner0%
Lansbury0%
Kodjia0%
Hogan0%
Sub - Agbonlahor0%
Sub - Adomah0%
Sub - Grealish0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 45 28 8 9 92 34
P Newcastle 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Reading 45 25 7 13 82 2
4 Sheff Wed 45 24 9 12 81 16
5 Huddersfield 45 25 6 14 81 1
6 Fulham 45 21 14 10 77 27
7 Leeds Utd 45 22 8 15 74 14
8 Norwich 45 19 10 16 67 12
9 Derby County 45 18 12 15 66 4
10 Brentford 45 18 10 17 64 12
11 Preston 45 16 14 15 62 2
12 Aston Villa 45 16 13 16 61 -1
13 Cardiff 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 45 15 13 17 58 0
15 Wolves 45 15 10 20 55 -5
16 Ipswich 45 13 16 16 55 -7
17 Bristol City 45 15 9 21 54 -5
18 Q.P.R. 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Burton 45 13 13 19 52 -12
20 Birmingham 45 12 14 19 50 -20
21 Forest 45 13 9 23 48 -13
22 Blackburn 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Wigan 45 10 11 24 41 -17
R Rotherham 45 5 7 33 22 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Blog: Sochi Qualifying
Latest Vital Boxing News
You Voted for a Joshua Win
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2017 12:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.JuanPabloAngel414
2.Pride of Lions369
3.The Fear303
4.sirdennis294
5.Silhillvilla219
6.Melon Donkey187
7.HeathfieldRoad1874186
8.kefkat165
9.Fulford156
10.Sasquatch148
Write for Vital Football