After a crazy week in the footballing world, Aston Villa finally are back in action after a 10 day wait...
Alot has happened during this time, with talks of a European Super League, which involves 12 of some of the biggest clubs in the world, and Spurs all combining into one league. This has (at the time of writing) collapsed, with Chelsea AND Manchester City all leaving.
This has seen all the fans throughout the English leagues unite, to make sure this doesn't go ahead.
Since the ESL has collapsed, we have seen Ed Woodward resign from Manchester United... to the delight of some.
Last Time out!
Villa played Liverpool at Anfield in a 2-1 defeat. A late Trent Alexander-Arnold goal saw Liverpool take all 3 points in a devastating loss for Dean Smith's side... They will be looking to bounce back.
City also will be looking to bounce back after losing in the FA Cup Semi-Final to Chelsea 1-0. They also lost their last game in the Premier League to 10-man Leeds, 2-1.
WHAT TO EXPECT!
Last time these two teams met, it finished a 2-0 loss for the Villans, in a fairly controversial game...
Aston Villa look to have no creativity with their best player (Jack Grealish), still out missing. Striker Ollie Watkins, has had his shooting boots on recently, with 2 goals in his last two ( Fulham and Liverpool).
A game you would expect to be a Manchester City domination, but that may be different. At the Ethiad, the game was very open until the last 15 minutes, So you may see a similar style of play at Villa Park with Villa having nothing to lose...
City like to control the ball and attempt to pick passes out of nowhere. You could see this approach aswell.
Villa are without Main man Jack Grealish who is still out for another few weeks...
Trezeguet will be added to the 'long-term' injury list, after an ACL tear, ruling him out for 8-10 Months.
Kortney Hause is available for selection, but not '100%'.
Wesley is still finding match sharpness, playing for the U23'S
Morgan Sanson, is still out with a knee injury.
When I write these previews, I never normally mention the Aston Villa academy, but in a 10 GOAL THRILLER, the U18'S side, came out 6-4 winners against the young West Brom side.
Villa went down to 10 men, after goalkeeper Filip Marschall got sent off in the 54th minute... The Young Lions had used all their subs at that point, meaning they had to send an outfield player in goal for a solid 40 minutes. Sil Swinkels was the Central Defender that went in goal. Brad Young, scored 4 goals to make sure Villa secured the win and went through to the next round. Carney Chukwuemeka and Louie Barry, were also on the scoresheet. WHAT. A. GAME.
PAGEY - 1-1 ( Watkins, Mahrez)
Sam Walker - 0-1
Kian Davies - 0-3
The AVFC Faithful - 0-2