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07 Mar 2017 10:18:25
Tonights line up
Hutton Baker Chester Taylor
Jedanik, Hourihane, Lansbury
Adomah, Kodja, Amavi

Any better thoughts.


1.) 07 Mar 2017 12:37:55
Think that's the team that will start, Jedinak in the middle of the 3 and baker next to Taylor for his left foot.




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04 Mar 2020 14:16:45
Just been watching the highlights from Sunday again. Our defending at free kicks and corners is atrocious with one main culprit. Tyrone Mings. He is our biggest player with regards to heading ability but marks no-one and gets nowhere near the ball. Guilbert was left to pick up the scorer with mings standing on his own. Why is he not attacking the ball when it comes in, why is he the spare man not marking anyone. Even when he blocks shots he isn't actually involved in defending. Sorry but in my opinion he needs to set step up.


1.) 04 Mar 2020 15:08:27
I do agree with you SV, it is an observation a lot of people are either missing, or in fact overlooking.
In my opinion Mings is very much a loose cannon, and needs to concentrate more on his own game, rather than he does on others.
I must admit, when he came he looked a bit raw but reliable, and I thought he would settle and become a really commanding figure in our back line.
Strangely he has become a bit of a liability, and I find that very odd, given that our Manager and our assistant coach were both Center halves.
Work that out, I can`t.

2.) 04 Mar 2020 15:36:26
He seems to be reactive rather than proactive. Think England may have gone to his head.

3.) 04 Mar 2020 16:59:35
Maybe being selected for England went to his head a bit guys. He’s not as good as he thinks he is and definitely needs to focus more. I still think him and Engels are the best we’ve got for central defense though.
If we’re going to stay up the whole team needs to step up frankly, Jack included. Maybe McGinn coming back will help raise their games, hopefully the commitment McGinn
shows will rub off on the rest of the team.

4.) 04 Mar 2020 17:07:35
Sorry SV, I didn’t mean to steal your line about playing for England. I saw it after I sent my post. 🤭.

5.) 04 Mar 2020 19:05:22
No worries mark. I agree with him and Engels being the best we have but he needs to lead from the front.

6.) 04 Mar 2020 23:27:22
Mings is OK but some of the mistakes he does are laughable, I'd sell him in summer if we stay up, the plenty of solid cbs around in prem and championship who would be good for us, I do rate konsa, and mungo bridge is going to be a huge talent, I'd play bridge at right bck now he's quicker than guibert and he reads the game well aswell, b4 we make any signings in summer we need to think we have 4/ 5 promising players that are going to be good if given the minutes so signing players for the sake of it is hindering our youths chances of playing in 1st team, there's probably about 6/ 7 players in our squad that shouldn't be at villa and are getting minutes over our youth.

7.) 05 Mar 2020 11:55:24
Some of those players, like Landsbury for instance, who has hardly kicked a ball for us all season, are on big money as well. I was shocked to see that Landsbury is on more than Jack Grealish!



03 Mar 2020 17:24:13
Concensus says 4-4-2 then, however never on deanos watch. He'll go 4-3-3 so hows this to finish the season with
Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett
Grealish, McGinn
Bojan, Samatta, Davis.


1.) 03 Mar 2020 18:08:53
I love it SV, I agree with your subs as well, you have missed one out though, so one more sub to add.
subs Nyland Vasilev Luiz Konsa Barry El gazi.

Mine would be: Nyland, Vasilev, Luiz, Konsa, Barry, El gazi, Trez.
I think Hourihane will be going.

2.) 03 Mar 2020 18:33:36
Villa dave I wasn't impressed with trez to be honest not prem standsrd.

3.) 03 Mar 2020 18:48:46
Fair play mate, it would probably have been Hourihane, but I don`t.

4.) 03 Mar 2020 18:54:12
Fair play mate, It would probably have been Hourihane, but I don`t` think he figures in Deano`s plans.
So I will go with Jack Clarke,

5.) 03 Mar 2020 19:13:03
It’s a very refreshing thought isn’t it, but Deano is hardly likely to switch from playing 1 striker to 3 at the same time!
I would settle for 2 with 2 on the bench.
I really like the idea of having Barrie on the bench but rather than having Vassilev, I think I would go with a bit more defensive cover. How about going for the youngster
Mungo Bridge.


Guilbert. Engels. Mings. Targett.


El ghazi. McGinn.


Davis. Samatta.

Subs. Nyland, Konsa, Bridge, Luiz, Trézéguet, Baston, Barrie.

6.) 03 Mar 2020 19:39:45
I would go for that as well Mark.
Its all different to what we have been used too.
If Dean`o has stood on the terraces like we have, surely he must have seen how we have always performed better as a team with two up top.
I will say this, I will lose a lot of faith in him, especially if he continues to play a lone striker.

7.) 03 Mar 2020 19:47:18
If we go down and he hasn’t even tried it, so will I Dave.

8.) 03 Mar 2020 20:37:20
I'd play this side
Targett, mings, konsa, bridge
Nakamba mgginn
Vasilev, samata, barrie.

9.) 03 Mar 2020 21:06:53
Young, exciting line up 4eva.
Like it mate.

10.) 03 Mar 2020 21:35:02
Well we all want to see change of formation. At least we all agree to give the youth a run. I agree about hourahane not in deanos plans but he's not a prem player. Great at free kicks but little else. Good to see this has got some positive responses.

11.) 03 Mar 2020 21:57:31
Fingers crossed lads.

12.) 03 Mar 2020 23:46:32
I think Connor still has a lot to offer he's a good player and should be used as a winger for me.

13.) 04 Mar 2020 06:16:28
Maybe 4eva, who knows you might have something there, but his lack of pace and involvement in games is a major concern for me. However anything is worth trying so I’ll have him on my bench instead of Trez, maybe coming on sometime in the 2nd half for El Ghazi to offer some width.



26 Feb 2020 14:16:20
Lets get Sunday out of the way then get back to 4,4,2 for the rest of the season. Get tight and learn to defend again. Three at the back worked till we got sussed out. For Sunday I'd go Nyland, Gilbert, Mings, Engells (He owes us one) Targett - Grealish, Elmo, Hurrahane, Luiz -
Samatta, Davies
McGinn (He could do 20 Mins)


1.) 26 Feb 2020 15:01:45
Sorry SV, I think we need more changes than you have in that side.
In my opinion that side would give us nothing more than we have been getting.
I am sticking with what I believe, and that is the introduction of half a dozen youngsters, 4 in the side and 2 on the bench.
We have nothing to lose, we keep doing the same things and it is not working.
Balls that`s what we need, win or lose, "TRY SOMETHING ELSE"

2.) 26 Feb 2020 15:52:01
Is Davis still injured Dave?

3.) 26 Feb 2020 15:59:11
I think so mate, but he is close to coming back I think.

4.) 26 Feb 2020 16:01:53
4eva, Just found out he has been training for a couple of days, so he could be on the bench?

5.) 26 Feb 2020 16:22:40
I would like to see Dean Smith try this but I will be absolutely amazed if he does.

6.) 26 Feb 2020 16:29:45
Sorry Mark its my age mate, "try what"?

7.) 26 Feb 2020 16:44:39
Love the idea Dave, but I don’t think he will even have any of the youngsters on the bench.
If he sticks with the usual players though and we get hammered or worse still pick up more injuries as well, then I think the 💩 will hit the fan.

8.) 26 Feb 2020 16:46:47
Sorry Dave, I thought you would know I was referring to your idea of trying the youngsters mate.

9.) 26 Feb 2020 17:06:38
We can speculate all we like, this is still classed as a major tournament, no manager/ coach in the right mind is going to be anywhere near some of the daft selections from posts I have read. Southern Villa is probably as far as Deano will go, even his choice may be a selection to far. So those of us who are going should just enjoy the day out get behind the team and hope that we put up a good account of ourselves.

10.) 26 Feb 2020 17:17:35
That`s ok Mark, no apologies needed mate.
I agree with you, I don`t think much will change either.
If that is the case, yep the "merde" will hit the fan.
Deano said changes will be made, is he a man of his word, we will see.

11.) 26 Feb 2020 17:30:21
How old were Beckham, Scholes, Butt, Giggs, the Nevilles, when Sir Alex introduced them to the 1st team.
A bold move at the time but Fergie as you like to say Dave
“ Grew a pair “ and yes well the rest is history.

12.) 26 Feb 2020 17:48:44
Difference is mate they were world class players who showed that, probs showed it on the training ground aswell unlike the useless money grabbers we have.

13.) 26 Feb 2020 18:00:58
Tom, they weren’t world class players when they came onto the scene. They were given the opportunity and they eventually became world class players. I seem to remember they had their ups and downs in the early days
but Fergie stuck with them. We give our youngsters a 10 minute cameo at best, and never see them again.

14.) 26 Feb 2020 18:42:41
Well said Mark, end of the nose come to mind mate.

15.) 26 Feb 2020 18:44:58
I think we were the first team to beat that united team, and someone said you can't win anything with kids.
How wrong were they.

16.) 26 Feb 2020 19:12:39
The way I see it Dave, the only way I see this club moving forward isn’t just a case of having a great Academy and producing promising youngsters. It’s having somebody in charge that gives them a chance to establish themselves.
I don’t know if Dean Smith is that person but the signs so far are that he isn’t.
To be successful we simply have to start becoming self-sufficient, buying other team’s players all the time is simply unsustainable. We are on the limits of staying within ffp
regulations as it is. As we know, there are those who maintain that we’ve already surpassed those limits but if we have or we haven’t, carry on as we are and it’s only a matter of time.

17.) 26 Feb 2020 20:07:56
Mark and Dave accept your intentions are well meant, are you both really expecting a team in both a cup final and a relegation fight going to experiment with unproven players, this is an absolutely futile debate. A manager fighting for his position is not going to committ football suicide, I accept you know that. So Sunday Deano will put out, in his opinion the strongest possible 11. If or when we change the manager nothing will change with the exception of the odd young talent getting time on the bench. Pep has gone on record as saying Phil Foden is the best young player he as ever seen, how often does he start, virtually never and that is inl a team that could carry two passengers, so guys in football you never win anything kids, a well known cliche that in nearly every walk of football holds firm.

18.) 26 Feb 2020 20:37:35
I am not expecting Deano to do anything near what I have suggested.
It is what I would like to see, what I would do, and what I would like Deano to do.
Can`t you see that Scotty, what I am saying is never going to fall on pricked ears is it.
I would like it to happen.

19.) 26 Feb 2020 20:43:54
He has categorised Foden Scotty, he has said best young player he has ever seen.
He has not said he is the best player I have got, apart from that Man city have very good players all over the pitch.
He does not need to use him yet.

20.) 26 Feb 2020 20:55:44
Scotty, firstly I sincerely hope that the virtually predictable team that is selected for the final doesn’t disappoint and lifts the trophy against all the odds. You guys deserve nothing less than that.
You say that a team like Man City can afford to carry one or 2 passengers. Haven’t Villa being doing that all this season anyway?
So what I am saying is this, do you think that a few of our better youngsters would have done any worse than, without naming names, our own passengers ?

21.) 27 Feb 2020 11:23:57
If it's a 4-4-2 attacking formation atleast, then this is the team I'd choose: Reina, Elmohamady, Mings (captain), Konsa, Targett, Trézéguet, Hourihane, Luiz, Grealish, Bastón, Samatta.

My prediction is that Villa will tie with Manchester City at full time (1-1). And unfortunately, Villa will probably lose at extra time or penalties.
I highly doubt that Smith will use my formation. He will probably use the same formation as last time. If so, then Villa will surely lose.

22.) 27 Feb 2020 13:31:49
Villadave, I would love to see him pick vassilev, Barry, etc etc but it ain't going to happen. So with the players he will go with I just think we need to go back to a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. At the start of the season at least we weren't getting spanked week in week out and played off the park. The defense is only weak at the moment because its being exposed too easily by the wing backs and forward running mid fielders leaving gaping holes in between. Go solid and boring for the next few games to get first a cup then some points to stay up. Staying with the current system will only see no cup and relegation. See you all on Sunday UTV.

23.) 27 Feb 2020 17:51:08
I understand SV, I know it ain't going to happen mate.
Its just what I would like to see happen, and yes I am all for 4-4-2.
So agree totally.



24 Dec 2019 10:47:19
What is it with constant rumours connecting us to players in Ligue 1. Do our scouts all have homes in France and nowhere else. Why can't we get some talent from South America. Quality strikers seem to come from there, Angel, Messi, Aguero, Higuain, etc etc.


1.) 24 Dec 2019 11:48:20
We got one from South America look where that's got us.

2.) 25 Dec 2019 05:54:25
Lol! -on the money!



23 Dec 2019 09:44:07
Hows this for Norwich

Guilbert, Chester, Ngonzi, Hause
Elmo, Grealish, Hourahane Targett
Trez, Kodja

Can it be any worse than Saturday.


1.) 23 Dec 2019 16:02:54
Elmo is crap and cheater is crap.




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15 Jan 2019 12:00:27
I've said for ages we need plans A, B and C so the opposition don't know which one we may use on any day. You're right scottcafu teams have sussed out our weaknesses, hence why we need to change the way we play from time to time. the high press is great until it breaks down but again the worry was two of the goals came down our left flank again.




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07 Mar 2017 16:35:10
Lets look at this logically. We won't make the play offs, we're pretty safe from relegation looking at the points required in previous seasons, so let's blood some of the youngsters and see how they go. You never know they may save a few million in the long run.




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22 Apr 2016 20:53:22
How do you know learners in b6. If it's true I'll do the 500 mile round trip just to wave him goodbye sort of.




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06 Mar 2016 09:20:19
As predictive as our results.




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05 Mar 2016 20:17:49
Ok so Pearson isn't popular so here goes with a curveball, Chris bought on, perm experience and doing good things at brighton.


{Ed025's Note - i imagine thats..chris houghton SV...predictive text hey.. :)




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10 Mar 2020 08:15:34
Scotcafu, you've hit the nail right on the head mate.




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10 Mar 2020 08:14:11
co82, I said at christmas deano was out of his depth. We aren't losing our premier league status now, we lost it through December and January when we failed to beat the teams around us. He can't set up a team that can defend, and in the prem you need to be able to do that as a minimum.

JT is obviously out of his depth as well, unless he's just warming the top seat. This team is worse than the last one that went down. I personally can't see where the next points are coming from, Chelski, Man Utd, Liverpool and Palace the next 4, zero there then if we continue with the set up. Can't stand Warnock but would take him over Deano right now.




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04 Mar 2020 19:05:22
No worries mark. I agree with him and Engels being the best we have but he needs to lead from the front.




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04 Mar 2020 15:36:26
He seems to be reactive rather than proactive. Think England may have gone to his head.




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04 Mar 2020 14:21:01
MD think your're on your own with one up top. Grealish would never stay there.