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Liverpool vs. Aston Villa

Anfield

24 Aug 2009

2000 BST

COME ON VILLA! (Preview)

If I was asked to quantify the deflated feeling that must now plague many a Villa fans mind, I'd have to look towards the Hindenburg disaster as a deflationary benchmark.

2 losses out of 2 games with 2 inept performances from Martin O'Neill's merry men have left many wondering what is going on, and in places, panicking more than your average hypochondriac that reads too many British medical Journal articles on Swine Flu.

So we'd perhaps be forgiven for worrying about Villa's trip to Anfield on Monday night, with Rafa's merry waiter team led by the fat one looking to continue their revival after an opening day defeat that could have been risky to the season-long ambitions of the club.

So how will Villa fair, possibly with new signing, Neil Warnock making his debut against his old rival club.

It's Villa

It's Scousers

It's terribly inaccurote.

Preview!

Vital Quotes:

Don't panic Mr Mainwaring!

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with us that we shouldn't be able to put right over the course of the season."

Martin O'Neill speaking about the club's early season woes. He continued to tell The Guardian:

"In this modern era, I think this [supporter booing]is something you have to overcome.' 'Don't see it any different here from anywhere else. If we get booed off at full-time, then I say the fans pay their money ... but I'm not so sure having finished sixth last season that we should come off to boos at half-time, at 1-0 down. Don't see the sense in that, don't see the logic either, but we'll overcome that as well."

Perhaps a good point, however for a man who once claimed he didn't have to justify anything to the fans, at a dinner for fans to say sorry for making them spend a fortune to travel to see 'that night in Moscow', he does make a baffling tail does our leader!

Steve Sidwell believes that Anfield is the perfect place to turn things around, not that he will be starting of course. My fellow ginger ninja told avfc.co.uk:

"It's going to be very tough. Even if you go there with the strongest team, good confidence or good form it's stilltough to come away with points.

"But what a place to go and get your season back on track. We've got a good squad, a talented squad and players there who can win matches.

So I'm sure if we stick to our game plan we can come away with at least a point."


A point? That's the spirit Steve!

**

On the flip-flop side, Liverpool boss Jafa(cake) Benitez has (so far) said diddly squat about Aston Villa, so lets just have a laugh at him instead during his "breakdown" stage.



Hilarious, that is a fact.

Liverpool Team News:

Liverpool are all set to give their new CENTRE BACK Sotirios Kyrgiakos a debut due to an injury crisis. Daniel Agger is long term missing. Other than that Rafa seems to have a full pack to pick from.

The others missing are Skrtel, Aqua-barbiegirl...sorry, Aquilani, El Zhar and Aurelio.

Player to watch: Gulp! Torres

Well we only have a combined total of 3 defenders, and that's if we tie two injured ones together like some primary school "sports day" race.

With this in mind, Torres scares the hell out of me.

Aston Villa Team News:

Villa are most definitely sweating on the fitness of Curtis Davies, who is rumoured to be requiring surgery on the shoulder problem that has plagued him and quite frnakly, should have been sorted way before now.

If rumours are to be believed, ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock will complete his transfer in time to debut against his old side.

Luke Young has naturally leave of absence at the moment, may our thoughts be with him and his family.

Moustapha Sali...no I can't even be bothered.

Player to watch: Emile Heskey

He's going to play, so lets hope he can actually DO SOMETHING USEFUL!

Match Facts & Stats

They are from Liverpool, England (well England & Wales) are set to win the Ashes series, and I think the vast majority on Vital Villa are English, so lets go with this:



Perhaps an anthem for the next world cup bid?

Contrary to popular belief, the people of Liverpool don't all drink Calsberg, are not all criminals, and they don't all go "eh eh eh calm down calm down......"

.apparently.

Interestingly, and perhaps in argument of that, the first ever Juvenile Court in the UK was in Liverpool, as were the first council houses and the Citizens Advice Bureau were formed through work in the city.

There is a ferry, across the Mersey, not that anyone cares and quite frankly, get a bus!

The Beatles were from Liverpool, I attempted to get a quote for this preview from the former wife of Beatle Paul McCartney, but I was told that my request "lacked legs."

Liverpool is twinned with Shanghai, which is a fantastic city and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Ref Watch:

The referee for the match is a Mr Martin Atkinson. He's already managed 5 yellow cards in two games. In fact, looking at his stats, 5 yellows in one Premier League match!

Match Prediction:

Sod it, 1-0 Villa with Ashley Young making the difference.

Next Fixtures:

Hopefully we sort our lives out against Rapid Vienna on Thursday!

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The Journalist

Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 22 2009

Time: 6:49PM

Your Comments

UTV!
Stourbridge Villan
UTV!
Stourbridge Villan
funny as ***** murph , i do love your previews. Quality stuff !
jaspervilla
funny as ***** murph , i do love your previews. Quality stuff !
jaspervilla
also, i think 1-0 is fair comment . i don't think our CB's are as bad as people say they are. Delph to come off the bench and score the winner.
jaspervilla
also, i think 1-0 is fair comment . i don't think our CB's are as bad as people say they are. Delph to come off the bench and score the winner.
jaspervilla
i had enough moaning about teh team, time to get behind them (until at least half-time) . villa to come away with a win, drawing 1-1
Lost_In_Ca
i had enough moaning about teh team, time to get behind them (until at least half-time) . villa to come away with a win, drawing 1-1
Lost_In_Ca
i had enough moaning about teh team, time to get behind them (until at least half-time) . villa to come away with a win, drawing 1-1
Lost_In_Ca
i had enough moaning about teh team, time to get behind them (until at least half-time) . villa to come away with a win, drawing 1-1
Lost_In_Ca
great preview as usual, love the humour, got to get you to do the player profiles one of these days!
The Fear
great preview as usual, love the humour, got to get you to do the player profiles one of these days!
The Fear
lol good preview Murph, thoroughly enjoyed the read. Nice prediction too!
Cubos
lol good preview Murph, thoroughly enjoyed the read. Nice prediction too!
Cubos
Does anyone know a decent villa-covering radio station?
footy_fans
Does anyone know a decent villa-covering radio station?
footy_fans
capital gold and WM will have commentary footy_fans, also the official site if you subscribe to that part, although the commentary leaves a great deal to be desired to be honest.
the fear
capital gold and WM will have commentary footy_fans, also the official site if you subscribe to that part, although the commentary leaves a great deal to be desired to be honest.
the fear
Where is the article stating that Warnock has joined, oh thats right MON is still pi$$ing about, not prepared to pay the money being asked. Tonight will be another loss and tomorrow I can read all of the posts calling for his head. Can't wait.
TergeHauge
Where is the article stating that Warnock has joined, oh thats right MON is still pi$$ing about, not prepared to pay the money being asked. Tonight will be another loss and tomorrow I can read all of the posts calling for his head. Can't wait.
TergeHauge
I bet David Moyes signs up all our (potential) targets with the 24 mill he got for Lescott in the next 24 hours
Doug4ever
I bet David Moyes signs up all our (potential) targets with the 24 mill he got for Lescott in the next 24 hours
Doug4ever
Yes it will take Moyes about 3 to 5 days to tie up all his targets, while we will continue to find it 'difficult'
ant1ant1
Yes it will take Moyes about 3 to 5 days to tie up all his targets, while we will continue to find it 'difficult'
ant1ant1
i dont like how mon is always making us fans out to be boo boys to the press all the time. most of us dont and yes....we pay our money. and we earn a lot less then you so stop going on about it. plus, didnt mon say when he was a player he longed for the day opposing fans would taunt him to fire him up but they never did because he wasnt good enough? i know its not the same thing but surely using his fantastic man management skills he could turn those boos at half time into ammunition to fire the players up to come out in the second half and prove us fickle ********s wrong? no we went out with a whimperr second half against wigan. Tonight will be a loss, 2-0 would do me as long as we dont get *****ed on. although something does tell me, i dont know why, but i have this strange feeling something might happen regarding Delph tonight. It just seems like one of those occasions for him to shine. If he starts of course. We'll see.........................
Thom85
-Thanks the fear. I'll try to find those.
footy_fans
i dont like how mon is always making us fans out to be boo boys to the press all the time. most of us dont and yes....we pay our money. and we earn a lot less then you so stop going on about it. plus, didnt mon say when he was a player he longed for the day opposing fans would taunt him to fire him up but they never did because he wasnt good enough? i know its not the same thing but surely using his fantastic man management skills he could turn those boos at half time into ammunition to fire the players up to come out in the second half and prove us fickle ********s wrong? no we went out with a whimperr second half against wigan. Tonight will be a loss, 2-0 would do me as long as we dont get *****ed on. although something does tell me, i dont know why, but i have this strange feeling something might happen regarding Delph tonight. It just seems like one of those occasions for him to shine. If he starts of course. We'll see.........................
Thom85
-Thanks the fear. I'll try to find those.
footy_fans
 

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