Monday, November 2, 2009

Battle of the Claret 'n' Blues'

Wednesday night sees the return of James Collins and Nigel Reo-Coker to the Boleyn Ground, will they both be welcomed?

If our boys turn up Wednesday night for this game-in-hand, put up a fight and beat the Villains 1 nil – which is quite possible if you look at Villa’s recent record (last 6 games) in all competitions (won 1, lost 1, drawn 4, Sunderland Carling Cup game was 0-0 really and the Mackems were unlucky to lose) - we leap-frog 3 teams into sixteenth only 8 points behind Villa who are currently in the seventh slot. We might actually then start to put pressure on the Trotters and the Brummies who would then be directly above us and are teams in our own "mini league" which we should be looking to better.

Spurs reckon they are still in with a shout for the league title – whether that’s too bold a statement or not is not the point - they are ‘only’ 8 points at the moment behind Chelsea so they feel they are still in-touch. With only 10/11 games played ‘things’ are far from decided yet (at both ends of the table) and one win could make all the difference for us in so many ways, couldn’t it?

Our record against Villa over the last 7 games is not particularly good - 3 draws, 3 lost but the one win on 13th August 05 at the Boleyn was a 4 nil victory. Link is the recent head-to-head

Would a win Wednesday night truly change our fortunes? Would they be transformed enough to the extent that morale would be bolstered sufficiently to see our season turned around? Like I say, could this one game make all the difference?

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