A Claret & Blue Preview (Villa V Burnley)
If I was a Premier League footballer, earning what can only be described as 'bazillions` every week, and I was going to Eastern Europe to have something rubbed into my body by a "nurse" it sure as hell wouldn`t be horse placenta.
That aside, Aston Villa take a trip to the North-West to face a team that has had the cheek to attempt to wear the claret & blue!
Burnley have been impressive in their Premier League exploits, mostly in their Turf Moor Fortress which is exactly where Martin O`Neill takes his true C&B heroes.
Nothing witty to say.
Starting with Monny and his worries for Dunney after Henry`s handy er, handiwork:
"I will sit down with Richard and see how he's feeling.
"I think natural disappointment can be overcome. But he has played the two games and they have been very demanding indeed. He's played in the match in Dublin and then on to Paris and then there's extra-time and then he has to put up with the devastation on top of all that. I will speak to him and see how he feels.
"He will be disappointed - maybe that's the understatement of the year. There will be frustration, too, and tiredness. He could probably have put the tiredness to one side if he had eked out a result in the game.
"I am sure he is heartbroken. He didn't train with us this morning - he only arrived back last night."
Meanwhile, Gabby Agbonlahor has taken the position of 'usual quote guy` on avfc.co.uk:
"It's going to be a tough game.
"Those of us who have been in this week have been enjoying training and after the last game everyone is on a high. But we know we have got to go there and not think it is going to be easy.
"We have got to remember that their home record this season has been outstanding.
"We have to go into the game 100 per cent and get a result. We know that maybe some teams have gone there this season and thought it would be an easy game but then have been turned over.
"So we have got to go there and respect them. Saying that, we will arrive with a lot of confidence and we go there in good form.
"Burnley have been the surprise package so far this season. They are a bit like Hull last season."
Owen Coyle or should I say the Martin O`Neill appreciation society has been waxing lyrical (whatever that actually means) about Monny`s Merry Men.
"There's no doubt it's going to be a tough game. Martin O'Neill is a top-class manager and someone I think any young, aspiring manager can look to as a role model. He has worked hard at the coal face and moved himself on.
"He has a fantastic team that he is building and moulding to his style [HOOOOF!] and we will pay them the utmost respect. But we have a team the town can be proud of and we will do our utmost to get a result on Saturday."
Burnley Team News:
Chris McCann, Jay Rodriguez and Martin Paterson are all still long term absentees however the Clarets have no new injury or suspension woes.
Villans with memories longer than 32 seconds may notice that former loan signing Joey Gudjonsson now plays for Burnley.
Player to watch: Robbie Blake
In my somewhat post-work lazy mood. I will simply quote the Vital Burnley Editor: "I am hoping the magician Robbie Blake runs rings round you and god help you if he gets a free kick in RB territory!!"
We hope not.
Aston Villa Team News:
Villa welcome back Petrov and Beye following their one game suspensions for accumulated yellows and double-yellow-red-card-penalisation respectively.
Emile Heskey (yay) and James Collins (boo!) are injury doubts. Richard Dunne is going to need the tissues if anyone mentions France, but should be ok to play.
Moustapha Salifou reported sighting on the M6 hard shoulder just North of Watford Gap, although this is unconfirmed.
Player to watch: Richard Dunne
How will Dunne recover after that night in Paris, who knows. Hopefully he will return to continue to be Villa`s rock at the heart of the defence.
Match Facts & Stats
Boff Whalley, was born in Burnley. For those who don`t instantly recognise his name, he was the lead guitarist for a band with a famous recent song! Enjoy!
Don`t forget to drink irresponsibly!
A serious transport moment if I may. With the floods in Cumbria, Virgin train services towards Preston (good changing place for Burnley) are currently suffering delays. You may be best checking Saturday morning before you travel!
Woah, heavy serious bit. Burnley is not only famous for Boff, but also er, Lisa Riley?
Burnley FC was founded in 1888 (HA beat you to it fake C&B`s!) The same year the Football League was formed, let alone the fact that Thomas Sopwith, designer of the Camel was born.
As I write this, a couple of the Hollyoaks women are in Children in Need in tight shorts and knee high boots. I can safely say I was distracted, some mighty fine legs on parade.
Horse placenta? I mean seriously WTF?
Howard Webb. Lets hope he doesn`t miss any handballs!
A 431-0 win for Villa!
Villa return to home comforts although a tough test (unless Gomes gets injured they have no goalkeepers) against fellow top 4 wannabe`s Tottenham Hotspur on the 28th.
Thanks for reading folks, I`m off to investigate badger spit as a cure for a hernia.