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  1. Moving to Basel in July and would be good to meet up with some fellow Villa fans, will prob attend a few FC Basel matches too but will definitely head home to watch some Villa games too. Looking also for some local 5 or 7 aside footy to play and of course a decent bar where the footy will be on. Any advice etc please PM me and if keen to meet up then let me know, cheers Steve
  2. Pre Match Thread

    Back in the early 1900's?
  3. Pre Match Thread

    Oh no not another game, I rather enjoyed this past weekend...
  4. January 2017 transfer window

    "Lansbury coming me..." Demitri is there something we should know mate?!
  5. Pre-match thread

    Yep and soon as we don't want to drop points throughout Jan due to being short, let's get some deals over the line in time for our game Vs Wolves, just under 2 weeks
  6. Match Thread: Villa v Burton

    Are any of our players having a good game so far?
  7. Trinity Road Upper, Open Boxing day

    I wonder if there's a bit of an increase in numbers from people like me living abroad and returning home for the holidays. (I always did the same as a student down in Plymouth and I bet a lot of students come back from college/uni too around this time) If I'm back home at xmas I'll always take in a game if the dates work out and the last one I managed was the dreadful 0-0 vs Sunderland taking my daughter and 2 nephews to their first match and my sis (so that's 5 extra people that wouldn't normally go- I can imagine that happens quite a lot) Sadly though, I've not seen us win at Villa Park for years (2008 when we beat Spure 2-1!) and have witnessed such games since like our 4-0 defeat at home to Spurs when Bale grabbed 3 and Wigan where we lost 3-0. (I think in between was when we got thrashed away at Chelsea on Sky). I managed to see us draw 1-1 with United when Benteke scored that cracker with his left foot. I've also seen us lose away 4-0 to Man City in that time and 3-0 to Arsenal when Fabregas came on as a sub and scored 2 goals then got subbed off. The good news for you lot is that I land late on Boxing Day so will miss the Burton game which as a result I think we'll surely win, but you might want to think about staying away for the game vs Leeds as I'll be there, hoping to see us win live for the first time in 8 years! Wish me luck! (8 is my lucky number though) Anyway, merry xmas fellow Villa fans, UTV!
  8. Pre-match Thread

    He's said he'll shake some things up and bring in new faces, hope he does too, I'd go; Gollini Bacuna, Chester, Baker, Amavi Tish, Jedinak, Gardner Adomah, RHM, Kodija
  9. Pre match thread

    Totally agree, it's an 8pm kick off over here tomorrow too so tomorrow is gonna drag also! It's my 12 year wedding anniversary too but thankfully my mrs understands what a huge game it is and joining me down the boozer for a curry and a few bevs. I have no idea how any of the players will get any sleep tonight. I think we will win it but it will be a tight, scrappy, nervous affair. UTV Come on you Villa boys!
  10. Pre-Match thread

    Yeah I think considering our poor form, playing away with only 10 men isn't such a great idea!
  11. Pre match thread

    I am of the mind that a good old fashioned 4-4-2 could be the right line up for this, and would like our captain to play in what I think is his best position, right back ( It was TS who apparently promised to play him at CB yeah not Garde) Guzan Richards, Okore, Clark, Hutton (This is the best back 4 I can think of) Sinclair, Gana, Sanchez, Gil (some pace and creativity out wide, some steel and energy in the middle) please note the word 'some' Ayew Gestede (Some aerial threat in the box and from crosses and a potential 'okay' partnership- we need goals) Prediction, a nervy 1-0 win to the Villa...deflection
  12. Pre Match Thread

    I don't think this will be the line up but I would play a 4-2-3-1, and if everyone played to the best of their ability, eg players like Sanchez having a blinder and Guzan & Amavi cutting out the defensive errors etc, we can get a point out of this which would be a great result; Guzan Hutton, Richards, Clark, Amavi Gana, Sanchez ( I think this is the best protection we have for our back 4) Bacuna, Gil and Grealish (Bacuna to whip in early, low crosses behind their back 4 for Ayew to get on the end of, Gil in the #10 role where I think he is best suited and Grealish staying wide left, then cutting in and linking with Ayew and Gil with some intricate one twos around the box) Ayew (to be replaced most likely with Sinclair on the 60-70 minute mark depending on how he is doing) This gives us the likes of Sinclair as mentioned, Traore, Veretout and Gestede to come on and make some sort of impact when players in the starting line up like Sanchez will surely tire. I really hope Garde is in the stands so he can assess just what a big task he has ahead of him but I believe that if he builds confidence in the squad, we have more quality in it than a few other squads and we will have just enough to survive.
  13. Pre-Match Thread

    Playing with confidence and causing teams problems, honestly think we can win it but would be very happy with a draw too obviously. Assuming Gabby is back would go 4-3-3, bags of energy in the middle and threats going forward...I'm not quite sure what this weird feeling is, not felt it for years, maybe 'optimism' and 'belief'!? Guzan Bacuna Okore Vlaar Cissokho Cleverly Westwood Delph Gabby Benteke Grealish
  14. Pre-Match Thread, Waiting In The Wings!

    Same here mate, in Manila, loads of Scouse glory fans, pub will be packed with them, can't wait for the game but hope they are silenced early on!
  15. Best place to watch Sunday's game?

    Well, since you're asking I'll be watching in Manila at a bar called Heckel & Jeckel and it will be full of scouse fans! Sadly I think I am one of very few Villa fans in The Philippines! Game kicks off at 10pm, here, if you leave tomorrow from the UK you could make it just in time for kick off