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Aston Villa vs. Fulham

Villa Park

25/08/2007

3pm

Villa MUST beat Fulham!

It's stupid at this time of the season to say this is a must win game, but I'm going to say it anyway. Villa HAVE to get a home win against Fulham on Saturday, these are the sort of teams we've got to get the points against as we are still a long way off the 'big' clubs. These are the games where our chances of making the Uefa Cup next year will be won and lost through the season.

Vital Quotes:

Martin O'Neill said: 'The onus is definitely on the home side to go and break the away team down. I heard from various people at Newcastle that it was quite refreshing to see an away side try to come and win the game. I was delighted to hear that because some people just go away from home and shut up shop. There is an excitement and zest about the side which will stand us in good stead.'

He also says of the Fulham new boys: 'Steven (Davis) and Aaron (Hughes) are two terrific lads, make no mistake about that. I would have preferred Steven to stay but I couldn't guarantee him that he would play in the position he wanted every single week. Aaron was never unhappy here but with knowing Lawrie very well he thought it was an opportunity that he couldn't waste. They are two terrific lads and I obviously wish them all the best.'

Aston Villa Team News:

Sorensen is still out with a hamstring injury. Berger is also still recovering from yet another injury.

(from): Carson, Taylor, Gardner, Mellberg, Laursen, Bouma, Barry, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Agbonlahor, Carew, Young, Moore, Harewood, Cahill, Maloney.

Player to watch: John Carew

scored a brace for Norway v Argentina, lets hope he takes that form into the Prem and shoots us to victory.

Fulham Team News:

Aaron Hughes is out after injuring ankle ligaments last week. Niemi is out also.

(from): Warner, Keller, Volz, Baird, Knight, Bocanegra, Davis, Smertin, Diop, Davies, Healy, Dempsey, Rosenior, Konchesky, Kamara, John

Player to watch: Steven Davis

hopefully our former midfielder won't come back to haunt us.

Match Facts & Stats

Fulham haven't won at Villa Park since 1973, long may that run continue.

Record in the Premiership: Villa 5 wins, Fulham 1 win, 6 draws.
Record at Villa Park in Prem: Villa 4 wins, Fulham 0 wins, 2 draws.

Last season: Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham (Barry, pen) (Volz)
21 October 2006 - Ref: Chris Foy

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett

Match Prediction:

Mystic Mug has polished his balls and is totally happy to predict a 2-0 thriller at Villa with the home team getting their first win of the season. Mark Lawrenson predicts 2-1 to Villa saying on the BBC site: 'Villa really should have come away from Newcastle with a win last week but they found Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper in really good form. I know Martin O'Neill is still looking to improve the squad, so I expect them to get better as the season wears on. There are big question marks hanging over the Fulham side on the road.'

Next Fixtures:

Chelsea Sept 2 (Sunday 4pm)




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 24 2007

Time: 3:09PM

Your Comments

91% saying a Villa win at the moment, what do you reckon!?
The Fear
I think its worth a trip down from London for 15 in the North Stand to find out. 3-1 to the Villa
Villa in London
A 'must win' game only three games into the season? We sure do put pressure on ourselves, but that is football today. Ask Martin Jol. We do need a win though to get us up and running, especially with Chelski next week. We must not fall into the trap of thinking we have a 'right' to win these games. We have to earn that right. I think Sanchez had made some good signings at Fulham and they will be very difficult to beat. I am confident that we will win, I'll go for 2-0, and then when we sign three or four players next week everything will be rosy in the garden again! (Albion can get stuffed wanting that sort of money for Davies. much better value to be had elsewhere,German centre half on Wednesday, and it will leave them with a very unhappy player)
krfeskivilla
Didnt realise until I looked at text last night but we have drawn the last 5 games against Fulham! Surely cant be 6 on the trot?
DeanoVilla
yes we should win, stranger things have happened - these are the kind of games last season that we drew. Lets see if there are any differences this time around. Davis is very lightweight in midfield i would kick him all over the park. NRC will do this job correctly FACT!
KSarge1
C'MON THE VILLA BOYS!
bazzah
Gonna push the boat out here, Fullham look weak defensively on the road, can't take the pressure. Gonna be a hammering me thinks 4-0 Villa maybe 4-1.
astonmilan
Unlike astonmilan I still have serious concerns as to who will score the goals for us, however we absolutely have to pick up the three points on offer just to get this show on the road.
glensider
Villa to win. 5-0 Steven Davis to have a mare. The Hulk to score, with Olly, and a Petrov hatrick.
evoflash
3-1 VILLA Moore, Carew and Davis OG
Christo
It depends on which Villa side turn up. The long ball negative crap -we'll not win. Free flowing passing game and midfield dominance we'll win. Which is it to be?
myleftfoot
To balance things out a little, my houseguest for the weekend, Fulham season ticket holder, predicts 2-0 for The Cottagers. Dont worry, I'll make sure he and his wife have no hot water to shower tomorrow a.m.
glensider
Hate to say it, but a draw does look the most likely outcome (form is everything). Fulham played OK last season at our place. I think they'd be happy with a draw (MON has said as much). Our fans surveys on the results aren't exactly very good, we always predict a win.
tarzan
wow this is the first time in my life i have ever wanted steven davis to have a shocker. amen.
ric112
comin from belfast...cant c why mon sold davies,much better than petrov...personally i think petrovs got half a season 2prove himself...but iv seen davies play for his country and hes outstanding,regret sellin him!
judgevillian
Not me judgevillian. Hopefully Stan will prove he's a class above this afternoon, but you know, just know, that Steven Davis is going to have a blinder.
glensider
4-1 villa. yep.
leftfoot
 

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