New players often inspire the old players to give that little extra. It could also be that these new players we picked up on deadline day were part of a master plan. They could be the players needed to kick start our season.

Yes, I'm maybe getting overly optimistic, but what else do we have. I know, if it doesn't work today that we'll get the 'they need time to settle' and if they don't make an appearance that we'll have the 'the new players will be ready soon' line.

Either way, Everton are there for the taking today and just because Everton have only lost once at Goodison Park this season, doesn't mean that we cant make it twice. In ninety minutes, anything can happen.

And in fairness, we just need to keep the ball and keep the pressure on. If we go for this and go for it for the full ninety minutes, we could get something. Again; anything is possible in ninety minutes of football.

BBC stats

Not that I couldn't have figured these out myself, it was nice of the BBC to provide them. It makes for interesting reading.

  • Villa are winless in their last seven league matches, suffering five defeats and conceding 22 goals.
  • They have won five of their last 40 league matches.
  • Villa's overall tally of 20 points is their equal-lowest after 24 games of a top-flight season. In 1955-56, they had an identical record of four wins, eight draws and 12 defeats.
  • Paul Lambert's side have won just two points from losing positions this season, fewer than any other side.
  • The Villans have conceded a Premier League-high 46 goals.

Updates, prediction and team news

So, kick off is in three hours and when team news is out, it will get added and if you've got any interesting links please add them below, but I have an optimistic prediction for today and I think we'll get a point.

I also think it will be an interesting game. I think there will be goals and I wouldn't be surprised if there was more than one for each side, so I'm even predicting the final result today at 2-2. I know I'm getting carried away, but we've got to look for positives.

Author: Damian
Damian started The Villa Blog as a passion project quite a few years ago while he was living in South Africa. Now living in Sweden, it continues. He's originally from Chasetown and grew up when supporting Villa meant there was a real chance of silverware at the start of every season.
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  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Guest (potts)

    re relegation ithink most teams who go down have to cut cost and have a fire sale but i think newcastle pretty much kept ther squad intacked and came back up

    Yep Newcastle still kept Nolan , Barton etc when went down .

  • Doug, Lambert has said he wanted to bring in a defender but stupid Faulkner and Lerner wouldn't sanction the wages. It's stupid. F and L are to blame! Lambert is frustrated!

  • Guest - potts

    we must pay crap wages because they said on motd that sissoko only cost 1.8 mill didnt we pey 1.75 for our guy from france

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug


    Doug, Lambert has said he wanted to bring in a defender but stupid Faulkner and Lerner wouldn't sanction the wages. It's stupid. F and L are to blame! Lambert is frustrated!

    what exactly wage bill now are they trying to reduce it to ??
    Didnt our idiot owner sell the Browns for 1 billion just last year ????

    You really could not make it up.

    Bring back Doug - even that tight ******* at least knew about football these clowns that own us know nothing. Its comical the monet spent by Lerner and we are now worse than were ever under Eliis in 90s and 2000s

  • MON, I do think that's rather simplistic. It takes time for players to settle in sometimes. I think Westwood has been good. I think Benteke has been good. Weimann has been good on form and Guzan is proving to be a good keeper. The only mistake is not surrounding these players with experience. So I don't think he's wasted the money, it just takes time. Time we may not have...

    And for the record, I didn't want Lambert either. I said he'd sign players from Championship, League 1 and League 2. SO many people scoffed at me. I wanted a continental manager all along. Even Poyet would have been ok.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1


    if we do not go down these are the players that I think will be gone:

    . Bent;
    . Ireland;
    . Dunne;
    . Warnock;
    . Hutton;
    . Petrov;
    . Given;

    If we get relegated:



    to that list

  • Guest - belfastvilla

    Maybe i,m missing something and lambert is a genius. To me its been obvious from the start of the season that our defence just can,t cut it. This point has been highlighted after almost every game because if you got points for panicking then our back-line would have amassed a hatful. How the hell can lambert not see that and address it. I don,t believe it would have cost a fortune to add some experience via the loan system so why oh why oh why are we still shooting ourselves in the foot week after week after week. So either lambert has a masterplan or he,s a total berk. I know which one i would pick !

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Sissoko is on 35k a week at Newcastle.

    Im guessing Sylla who we bought is on multi-pack of crisps a week.

  • Doug, I heard they were happy with wages. But we've got rid of Hutton and Warnock. Plus Petrov, Dunne, etc are gone next year. We need to replace these guys. By not replacing them, it shows Lerner doesn't care and he's looking to sell up.

  • Doug, I'm guessing £10 k?

    It's a travesty.

  • If Lerner wanted to stay up...

    We would have signed Hangeland for £5 million. That alone would help us. Then make a few more signings. It's not rocket science. It's a joke.

    But I stress, support the players and manager otherwise we are done.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    being run like Hull or someone
    dont think our thick owners realise there is no spine to our squad at all.
    Its bunch of misfits signed by different managers , bargain buckets , crap overated 'young' (23 is not a teenager) and **** all.

  • Guest - potts


    Sissoko is on 35k a week at Newcastle.

    i bet they are french fries

    Im guessing Sylla who we bought is on multi-pack of crisps a week.

    i bet they are french fries

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1


    the wage bill is just a cover up. I just listed all the players that are almost certainly going to be off-loaded at the end of the season. If you know what is going, that is a huge junk off our wage bill. To say we could not have got a defender because we could not afford the wages, or Sissoko because of his wages is frankly laughable.

    If Newcastle - who by the way have a much more stringent wage budget then ours could afford him - then why did we not pursue him?

    It's as much down to the manager to push the CEO for funds if he thinks the team needs funds to get the quality, and this is where Lambert did not request because he is happy getting cheap unkown players that on one has heard of.

    You can only go by what hie has done and his past track record, and what he is doing right now.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    not making funds available for a good centreback this January was an utter disgrace.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Lambert did say he was interested in players who had already gone elsewhere last week.

  • LOL, MON....I'm saying I agree with you! We were told a year ago Randy was happy with the wage bill but we keep slicing it! It's a joke! It's like he's trying to make us profitable. But that won't happen. We'll go down if we carry on.

    If we stay up and we don't sign any players I'll be pretty angry. I can see it coming too.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    Get the banners out.


  • Guest - potts

    maybe there is a grain of truth in some peoples theory, that lambert cant deal with estabished players .would rather bring in younger guys just a thought!

  • potts, that is it. THe older players won't sign up to his methods. Dunne isn't injured, he's just causing trouble again. That's my theory.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1


    lol - good we are on the same page - :)

    Did Lambert not say just prior to the Winter transfer window that he had not spent all the money from the summer transfer window...

    With what's being said, none of it adds up.

  • I love how Steve Claridge is such an amateur on TV!

  • MON, I just think Lambert has been naive. And he's been stitched up in January. I do feel for him. He's a good guy and he's trying everything to get us back up there. I hope he does it. If we stay up I feel we will be ok next season.

    Problem is, I just can't see it right now. Nevertheless I won't stop supporting my beloved club. It's in my DNA. I was jumping up and down today when we scored and throwing things around the room when we conceded. It's horrible.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    until he goes and buys some proven quality that will remain the case. He is just a more extreme example of a Wenger when it comes to buying players.

    Wenger tends to go for mid-range players when Arsenal fans are screaming for big name players like their rivals United, City...are doing.

    We are now not going for mid-range players, not even low-mid range players, but low-range players.

  • Guest - potts

    something has gone on .there must have been a cb we could get even if only a lone .i think a cb today could have ment three points

  • MON, I agree with the above.

    If you give him more Benteke's we would have been ok you would have thought?

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1


    if he keeps us up, he'll get my support for next season. If we go down, then I would want Lambert to go, followed by Faulkner and Lerner. Now, it's unlikely Lerner will go, probably Faulkner as well, but the manager should and will take the can if the owner has any sense.

  • MON, I still disagree. If we go down we see what he can do until at least xmas. Give him a go.

    Anyway MON, been good debating with you tonight. I'm off to bed. Good night to all and hope everyone's blood pressure drops on a relaxing Sunday! Good night.

  • Guest - mon 4-5-1

    We can agree to disagree Bahama, it's all good - Good Night fellas...

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  • Guest - Oswald

    Yesterday was an excellent performance. If they can keep that up, Villa will survive. QPR and the like would kill to have Gabby and Benteke up front.

    It was interesting what Moyes said about Villa looking happier away from home. He's completely right. At home, Villa play like a nervous shambles and it has been like that stretching back to the end of O'Neil's era. It is akin to watching England play at home. The players are scared of their own fans' wrath. Both sets of fans have expectations way beyond what the players are capable of.

    I can see us doing Arsenal away and then losing to QPR at home.

  • Guest - Bring Back Doug

    @ Oswald
    erm....we were a nervous shambles away again yesterday and lost a two goal lead you moron. did you not notice? are you on our **** board by any chance?

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  • Guest - avillafan

    Apart from the team's obvious inability to be solid in defence, it seems like the problem is a mental one. The players were good enough to win 3-1 at Liverpool and had Everton at 3-1 as well, which shows they can compete in this league. Also at West Brom, QPR and Swansea we were in front, but keep getting pegged back. It's Lambert's responsibility to address this issue to prevent further capitulations.

  • Guest - Mr Sheen

    No change. This team will be relegated.

    Guardian match report:
    "But though their enterprising attacking took them to the brink of a cathartic triumph, their defending, with 25 goals conceded in eight winless games, remains wretched."

  • Guest - windofchange

    Lambert thinks we will stay up because of the goals we score, fine, but what about those we concede?

  • Guest - dingbat

    Goals we score? Aren't we one of if not the lowest scorers in the league?

  • Guest - vogra

    I ended up going to the game yesterday as my mate had a spare ticket, for me what I witnessed we are down, we had a golden chance to make it 4-1 and we fcuking blew it, after that chance I turned round to my mate and said we'll either lose now or draw, my mate laughed in my face...oh what a suprise, we were hanging on at the end...what a complete and utter joke.
    Championship here we come...100%

  • Guest - Ftkv

    Do some fans not read
    We have been told we have no money for transfers or loan players
    Pl wanted defenders but CEO owner said NO
    We need Lerner out , some have been saying this for years, it does not matter who the manager is with those clowns making the decisions

  • Guest - Lerner Out!

    Went to Everton yesterday and have to say that the same old problems that we all know about will send us down without a doubt. A physically weak midfield eventually getting out muscled and failing to stay with their opponents when they are attacking, horrific defending and a plain refusal to mark from corners, inexperience in certain situations ie jumping into challenges around our box and yesterday the inability to take the ball into the corners at the end and the lack of a leader on the pitch to point out all these things. The first goal for Everton was a joke, there is no way you should allow a forward to turn like that, the second goal was due to the inability of the midfield to track back with Fellaini and the third was just a repeat of what we see every single week!!!! Attacking wise we were superb with Benteke and Agbonlahor unplayable at times and Lowton and N'Zogbia providing the bullets. Wiemann worked hard but you cannot ask a forward to continually have the know how to defend but you can't knock him for his effort. I'm sorry but Sylla won't be the answer, neither will Dawkins, we needed a strong centre half and a no nonsense centre midfielder with EXPERIENCE. We've got 2 young lads to add to our others and I honestly believe that Lambert knew this but was told no by lerner. I'm convinced though that if we had played this system all season, crap defending or not we would be ok and that IS Lambert's fault. This failure will cost us and Lambert is to blame for this but we are in this mess because of Lerner his yes man Faulkner. They are to blame, they have no love for our club and they are both an absolute and utter disgrace and should go and be told to go by us and then erased from the history books of Aston Villa. Lerner you are a disgrace, I for one have utter contempt for you, you are a coward who doesnt have the balls to face us and explain your diabolical plan. Do not now show your smug face at Villa Park ever gain, sell up and go and crawl under a rock. My hate for you will never go away and you aint no supporter of Aston Villa. Gets your banners out and show them after the game on Sunday, dont go down without a fight and tell the footballing world what he's done to the magnificent ASTON VILLA!

  • Guest - windofchange

    Getting rid of an owner is not like forcing a chairman out he has to want to sell and it would be harder still to find a buyer.

  • Guest - windofchange

    By now there would have been a shareholders revolt against a chairman. But like or loathe him we are lumbered with Lerner.

  • Guys really.... Ppl need to start looking at the current facts when saying "Lerner Out!!!"

    As for Lerner out, ok but who should go and then buy the club ?

    Who is going to want to buy a football club right here right now, due to the current austerity measures around the globe. The US Fiscal Cliff stands at around $16 Trillion, the UK is going or has gone into a tripple dip recession. The rest of Europe is in a similar boat including countries in the EU debt crisis.

    Unless Lerner sells the club at a loss, on top of missing out on the possible 60m BskyB money if we go down, Lerner is not going anywhere.

    The only hope is to sell to an Arab but I have not seen any firm interest in any news, about any English Premier League football club, being taken over from the UAE etc since Forest were taken over 8 months ago.

    Due to the economic crisis around the world not many businesses can afford to buy a football club let alone run one. So we're limited in who would, and who could buy the club anyway at this particular moment in time.

    As for Lerner out, I don't think so, I do not think he is going anywhere for quite some time.

  • Guest - Lerner Out!

    I agree it is harder to get rid of an owner but lets try and I fail to believe there's not someone out there who wouldn't want to own the best club in the world! If we sit here and accept what he's doing to our club then we should all shut up and put up with it. He reduced his old man's NFL club to a laughing stock and was voted the worst ever owner in NFL history and is on his way to doing the same now. Wake up, he's in it for what he can make and not because he loves the club and he couldn't care what league we are in or about us the supporters who will always be here. He has no idea what a football club means to the fans and has totally sold us down the river. I will not give up until he's gone as I love my club and will forever!

  • Guest - Granger

    Jcv you do not have to justify yourself to anyone. Your opinion is valued and based on being a fan of AVFC. Keep posting

  • Guest - Granger

    I keep changing my thoughts regarding Lerner. At the moment I am thinking that he just does not know what he is doing regarding running a football club and never has. What interests me is what advice has he taken in the past and how that reflects what his decisions are now.
    I know it is over now and I should move on but I am still fuming about the January transfer window. Early on we were linked with Sissoko and Coutinho and a loan for Lescott. Now I can accept not being able to afford Lescott and that perhaps Coutinho is a season too soon considering where we are in the table but not going for Sissoko for 1.8 million and £35000 per week I do not get. He is obvious quality at half the price of Ireland. Too much austerity at this stage is not going to get the players we need to stay up. We need quality from abroad not over priced premiership players like some in our past. We have ended up with no new defender and players who seem not quite up to hitting the ground running to help with a relegation battle.
    So I can only assume Lerner wants championship football and the parachute payments. A man of mediocre ambition and ability because he seems unable to learn from prior experience.

  • Guest - Lerner Out!

    This club has been mismanaged from day 1 by Lerner and has nothing to do with the the world's financial instability. I am not one of these fair weather sky supporters who wants us to become a plastic club like the Chelsea's and Man City's of this world. I hate what sky has done to football by encouraging club's to spend what they don't have just to increase their viewing figures and with thoise idiot presenters sitting there on transfer deadline day with their idiotic graph's showing how much club's have spent. I have claret and blue blood and wish I didn't care so much but I do. Lerner is destroying our club and its he who came in splashing his millions knowing it was unsustainable and also knowing that if we didnt make the top 4 under O'Neil then he would pull the financial plug. We were suckered into the belief that he loved Aston Villa and he had a 5 year plan and that was all down to our desperation to see Villa succeed. We didn't at the time believe we were being sold down the river and that the future of Aston Villa was being being put at risk by this comical s**t or bust short term plan. Over the last 3 seasons we have suffered and have slipped lower and lower down the league and this season I am afraid will result in relegation. Can anyone say what Lerner's intentions are for us? does he have ANOTHER 5 year plan or any plan at all ? Do we know what financial position we are in? The simple answer I believe is NO we don't have a clue because nobody tells us. We are being treated as the s**t on the bottom of Lerner's shoe, the thick commoners who should just pay up and shut up. Where are you Lerner/Faulkner? Their silence says it all and their total contempt for us is there for all to see. I'm sorry for giving a s**t what happens to Aston Villa but my 12 year old son summed it up on the way back from everton yesterday when he said from his heart " Dad, I will always love Aston Villa" and that my friend says it all!!!!

    Our club has been


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