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Aston Villa vs. Charlton Athletic

Villa Park

23/09/2006

3pm

Villa v Charlton Preview

This is the first game post-Ellis era. Villa have gone six unbeaten (five in the Premiership) and are in impressive form. The great thing to see is Martin O'Neill have set us up to be hard to beat, add a few quality players and we'll be rocking and rolling! We could also have had a couple of wins (West Ham and Watford) if not for squandered chances and now we have a Saturday, 3pm kick off, home game.

LET'S FILL VILLA PARK AND WELCOME IN THE NEW REGIME, COME ON, WHERE IS BETTER TO BE ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON?

Vital Quotes:

Olof Mellberg said: 'It is important to have a good record at Villa Park. We struggled there for most of last season and it is important to get off to a good start at home which we have done so far. There has been a good atmosphere for the two games but that comes with results. We need good performances and good results. That's what gives everyone a lift at the club. Before last season, we had a really good home record. We were always strong at home and that's so important. You can work hard away from home and pick up points here and there. But you have to be strong at home if you want to be up there and that was a really disappointing aspect of last season.'

Martin O'Neill said: 'We've got points on the board but we have to keep the momentum going. That is important now for us, buoyed as we are, by winning on Wednesday. Charlton Athletic will obviously be a difficult game - it is a Premiership match, there's no need to say anymore.'

Aston Villa Team News:

Gavin McCann faces a late fitness test on a calf injury he picked up v Scunthorpe. Martin O'Neill said 'He's had a scan and overall everything seems OK...Gavin is one of those players who usually shakes things off quicker than most and I'm hopeful he might be fit. If he's fit, he plays.'

(from): Sorensen, Hughes, Mellberg, Ridgewell, Bouma, Whittingham, Samuel, Davis, McCann, Petrov, Barry, Hendrie, Moore, Agbonlahor, Angel, Baros, Taylor, Laursen, Djemba-Djemba.

Player to watch: Stiliyan Petrov

We need the same performance he showed on his debut and he'll boss the game for Villa.

Charlton Athletic Team News:

Hermann Hreidarsson returns from suspension. Bryan Hughes and Matt Holland are doubtful with injuries. Andy Reid, Omar Pouso, Jonathan Fortune and Souleymane Diawara are closer to fitness.

(from): Carson, Young, Hreidarsson, El Karkouri, Fortune, Rommedahl, Kishishev, Faye, Ambrose, Holland, M Bent, D Bent, Hasselbaink, Holland, Ashton, Myhre, Sankofa, John, Walker, Lisbie.

Player to watch: D. Bent

Given the chance he won't need asking twice.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season: Charlton Athletic 0-0 Aston Villa

Record in the Prem: Villa 8 wins, Charlton 3 wins, Draws 3

Record at VP in Prem: Villa 5 wins, Charlton 1 win, Draws 1

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley

Match Prediction:

Mystic Mug is in fine fettle and says a Villa win, 2-0 with Angel and Agbonlahor on the scoresheet.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 22 2006

Time: 3:06PM

Your Comments

COME ON YOU VILLA BOYS
The Fear
Ah the joys of being a villa fan :)
industrial_musical
Match predictions chaps? Also, new poll asking what you think the attendance will be, would be nice for a sell out but maybe that will take time!
The Fear
its nice to be unbeaten although if we dont turn a few of these draws into wins, unbeaten or not we'll start dropping down the table. 2-1
andrew144
Taking a friends young lad down tomorrow, he has never been to a match before, indoctrinate him into the benefits of being a Villa supporter before the noses get him. 3-0. Agbonlahor to score.
Donzarra
3 - 0. Angel, Gabby and one other (Hopefully Petrov). Looking forward to it.
The Usual Suspect
Where better to be on a Saturday afternoon? Well there are options but as neither Cindy Crawford or Jennifer Love Hewitt even know that I exist, I guess my first choice is not really an option ;o) Beleive me, if I could be there I would be but as finances don't allow for many trips to the UK I'll have to pass on this one.
Villain Of The North
A real opportunity to boost the side's goal difference - I'll go 4-0!
sandgroanun
andrew144. Looks like you have a half empty glass to me. Looking down isn't an option this season. I would rather say if we can turn these draws into wins we could win the league. Lets compare the equivalent games we have had this season, with the same games last season. We are on 9 points compared to 4 and conceded 3 goals compared to 12. Fill VP and sing your hearts out. How about singing 'Oh Randy, Oh Randy. You're the greatest, the Holte End Say. Oh Randy, Oh Randy.You made Ellis go away. Repeat.
voiceoftheholte
Little bit of a niggling worry about this one. Randy's first home game as chairman, still unbeaten, 100% home record, everything and everyone on a high concerning AVFC right now, Charlton struggling at the bottom. The perfect game made for party poopers. If we get all three points I'll be absolutely delighted.
glensider
I so hope that we beat them and keep this undefeated run going into the Chelsea game. Think it will be close and tense. 2-1, 2 for Angel
Crossman
Iain Dowie or Martin O'Neill....Take Your Pick!!!!
AussieVilla
my prerdiction is a home win because o'neil has realli livened the villa up.
swanzboichris
 

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