Premiership Preview: Aston Villa

August 3, 2007 at 11:55 am | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

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Didn’t O’Neal have a plan?

Interesting Wikipedia Fact: Aston Villa has also featured on several occasions in prose. Joseph Gallivan’s book “Oi, Ref” is about a referee who is a Villa fan who conspires to turn an FA Cup Semi-Final in his team’s favour.[47] Together with The Oval, Villa Park is referenced by the poet Philip Larkin in his poem about the First World War, MCMXIV.[48]

Jackie’s Club Knowledge: I liked Paul Merson before I even knew he played for Arsenal. David Ginola was on the cover of my first Four-Four-Two. I care not very much about the Villans.

Worst Kit:

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Fantasy: Villa had no 10 goal scorers last season. Gabriel Agbonlahor had 9 league goals. Garreth Barry had 8 and the next leading scorer is in MLS. The Villians were really only a few goals away from making Europe. Could someone step up this year? I like John Carew’s chances to break double figures and Ashley Young, despite his upgrade to forward, should still provide big scores occasionally. Petrov and Barry end up taking turns and so unless one is injured neither should be regularly considered.

Best and Worst Possible Finish: 5th and 10th-I like what Martin O’Neil is doing. There have not been a lot of flashy buys this summer, but Reo-Coker fits in nicely. Villa conceded less goals than all but 5 teams and their positive goal difference last season doesn’t coincide with their bottom half finish. They have similar talent to Rovers/Everton/Sp*rs but not the fixture headaches and a bit more stability. The Brummies might be making a big jump up the table.

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