After the comfortable away win in bulgaria we had the unconvincing narrow victory over wales. And as we were constantly reminded the england team contained 5 ex villa players. And yes it shows where we could of been in comparison to where we are.
And so to this weekends action. Villa make the trip up to merseyside to face the toffees at goodison park. This fixture normally gives an entertaining end to end fixture but will that be the same this season?
Everyone is saying how bad it is financially at the villa but compared to everton it is nothing.
Its a well known fact that RL has done a strip down of our finances to make the club run a lot more financially prudent. We have lost good players due to this is as have Everton, However as it stand at the moment we seem to have lost the better players. Ashley Young is proving once again what a good player he is whether its in an England shirt or the man utd shirt he seems to have rediscovered the form he had at Villa when he was at his best. The question is will villa miss him more or will it be Everton missing Arteta which has greater repercussions on the upcoming season. After the transfer deadline deal that sent him to Arsenal for 10 million pounds Everton fans were coming out and saying they thought is was good business as he was not the same player he was before his injury a couple of years ago.
But its time for both clubs to look at their current squads and build for the future. And what better way than the game on Saturday. Whenever we play Everton it is always an entertaining game from the last minute goal from Ashley Young in the 08/09 season to that great header from Darren Bent last season. There is always something to talk about when the two teams meet.
For Villa its going to be interesting how we approach the game. If the Fulham away game was a sign of the things to come away from home we could be bracing ourselves for a high quality defensive display hoping to nick something on the break. At least our back line will be ready after Dunnes and Given immense showings for the Rep of Ireland mid week against the Russians.
I think it will be a tight game and could come down to a moment of magic from either team. Its time we saw a performance from a certain Charles N'Zogbia, maybe this is the game for him to win over the fans who are questioning him.
Im going to go for a score draw on this one but deep down hope we can nick it and bring home 3 points
EVERTON 1 -1 ASTON VILLA