Villa 1-2 Chelsea: And It’s Deja Vu

Firstly, to those of you that have voluntarily directed yourselves to this match review for reasons that are frankly beyond me, I salute you.

I wholly appreciate and applaud the combination of bravery and borderline insanity that it takes to willingly put yourselves through the pain of that inevitable second half demise once again. But for those of you that remain and haven’t closed this tab after a moment of stark realisation, I’ll try to make this as enjoyable as possible.

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Wembley Wildcards – The sidelined men Dean Smith could call upon for the Carabao Cup Final

This past week can only be described as gutting for Aston Villa; losing 2-0 away to Southampton, relegation rivals Norwich, West Ham, and Watford picking up wins, and Bournemouth earning a hard-fought point against Chelsea. The St Mary’s shocker prompted manager Dean Smith to say that “some players have played their way out”  of the line-up for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City – but what tricks could Dean Smith possibly pull out of his sleeve?

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