After our bubble-bursting defeat to Leeds, Villa face an in-form Southampton side who have won three out of the last four.
Villa fans will be hoping for a quick return to winning ways but the omens are patchy at best. We’ve won just once in our last eleven games against the boys from St Mary’s, and suffered a 6-1 hammering in 2015. Historically, it’s even-steven, with Villa on 28 wins, Saints on 27, and 23 draws.
This Friday Aston Villa clash with Leeds United for the first time since the infamous meeting of Marcelo Bielsa and Dean Smith’s squads last year. Given the utter calamity that ensued at Elland Road it is only fitting that we set our minds back and remember the anarchy in preparation for this Friday.
For the first time in two decades, Villa have opened a Premier League campaign with consecutive wins, keeping two clean sheets in the process. Considering it took us 8 games to reach the same points total last season, the bright start has been enough to start spreading the belief amongst the fans that we might well be in for a much more positive season.
Whilst the victories have come against a Sheffield United team who have yet to find last season’s levels and a Fulham side who already look a little hapless, especially defensively, it’s still been enjoyable watching us play with greater confidence and even a little swagger. Nevertheless, the visit of defending champions Liverpool will be the real litmus test as to just how much we’ve progressed.
It suddenly seems a lifetime ago from when we saw John McGinn net on the opening day of a new, exciting and hopefully compelling campaign. Spurs were there for the taking on day one and we missed the opportunity to come back with a bang. Annoyingly, that story now seems all too familiar as we […]
With project restart now in full swing and June 17th being the date for Villa’s first match since our 4-0 loss against Leicester, football will be different with the new circumstances. Behind closed doors, certain games being at neutral venues, 5 substitutes per game, expanding the number of players in the squads? With all these rules yet to be confirmed it’s worth considering how we could use them to our advantage in the fight for survival.