Football is back, Leicester tomorrow, Southgate doing what Southgate does best and version two coming

A lot has happened since we thrashed Liverpool and on more than one occasion I had written a post. But none of the posts came close to the one before it, so I didn't publish.

And some were quite laughable. First we have the proposed changes to the League, brought by Liverpool and Manchester United. My post was about to be published but it was a bit of a joke. The post ended with change is coming, but it wont be this plan. But change is coming and it may go some way to fixing the game. But I doubt it.

Then we had Gareth Southgate. I like Southgate. I don't think he's a very good manager though. He failed at Middlesbrough and the reason why he's done okay with England is because he's had it easy. It baffled me though that he played Jack and Jack was man of the match but then decided to not play him again. The job of the England manager is to play the best players.

Southgate thinks he's better than that. The result against Denmark shows that he isn't. And he'll win some and he'll lose some, but you have to play the players that are in form and doing the business. The England manager shouldn't be allowed to pick the starting eleven or have any say in the subs. He should be there to essentially getting them up for the game. I thought that was what he was doing, it turns out, he's meddling again just like he did at Middlesbrough and looked what happened to him in that job.

At Leicester tomorrow

But this post isn't about what has happened, it's about tomorrow and Leicester will be tough. That is a strange thing to write but Leicester play the right type of football and have done for a few years now. And tomorrow will be no different. But we've shown this season that we know how to play that way too.

And to see it again is important. We can win tomorrow because we can win every match this season if we approach it the same way we approached Liverpool and Fulham. We are on a little bit of a run and things are starting to look good. Confidence is high and rightly so.

I'll be back in the morning, but for now I need to get my back fixed. Not sure how it happened, but I turned in bed this morning and something happened. Any suggestions on how I can fix it would be greatly appreciated.

Match facts from the BBC


  • Leicester are on a five-match unbeaten league run in this fixture, winning four of them.
  • Aston Villa's solitary victory in their past 15 top-flight away games against Leicester was by 5-0 in January 2004.
  • Villa's only win in the six most recent meetings in all competitions came courtesy of Trezeguet's 93rd-minute goal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Villa Park in January this year.

Leicester City

  • The Foxes could win four of their opening five matches in a top-flight season for the first time.
  • They have scored 12 goals so far and last registered more after five matches of a top-flight campaign in 1963-64.
  • Leicester have conceded two goals or more in six of their past eight Premier League matches, keeping a clean sheet in the other two.
  • Brendan Rodgers has lost consecutive home games in all competitions for the first time since a run of three defeats in October 2012 when he was Liverpool manager.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his four most recent Premier League appearances against Aston Villa, including a brace home and away last season.
  • Jonny Evans is one shy of 300 Premier League appearances.

Aston Villa

  • Aston Villa are vying to start a season with four successive league wins for the first time since 1930.
  • They haven't won four Premier League fixtures in a row since December 2009.
  • Dean Smith's side are on a seven-match unbeaten league run (W5, D2). It's their longest in the top flight since a 10-game streak ended in October 2011.
  • Villa have scored 10 goals in their past two league games, as many as in the previous 14.
  • Jack Grealish has been involved in seven goals in his last four Premier League appearances, including five against Liverpool last time out.
  • He can score in three consecutive league appearances for the first time in his career.