Fulham tomorrow and it's all good, match facts and Jack's back

I'm grateful for the international break, as it allows me a few days break from football. And I know I write this every time, but apart from knowing Ollie scored on his debut, I know nothing else. I've done my best to not even visit BBC Sport, usually one of my go to websites every morning.

So we could have agreed to sign someone and I wouldn't know. And it's nice.


I do however know that Jack Grealish is available for selection tomorrow and that we are one point away from our best finish in the Premier League for a decade. And that isn't so bad is it?

And you'd fancy a point tomorrow, but you know what, I'd not mind losing tomorrow, but that's just me. I should explain though because someone will take something I've written before and mix in with something else I've written and say I'm contradicting myself. And I am, but I'm also not.

You see, our season is over and maybe it's just me, but I'm happy with how the season panned out. We know where we have to work on for next season and if we do that, we'll get better next season. And if we continue to get better every season, I'm very happy with that.

The main concern for me about next season is that we can keep hold of the players we need to keep hold of. You see, losing an important player creates more of a problem than strengthening the side and it will only make it harder to get better than this season.

So, if Fulham beat us tomorrow and Spurs were to beat Newcastle, it wouldn't bother me in the slightest. Now, time for the ski hill and some beers. Catch you on the other side.

Match facts from the BBC

Head-to-head

  • Fulham's only away league victory against Villa in 17 attempts came in their most recent top-flight visit seven years ago.
  • Aston Villa can win both league matches against Fulham in the same season for the first time since 2009-10.

Aston Villa

  • Villa need one point to reach their highest tally in a Premier League campaign for a decade.
  • They have only managed one victory in seven league games - and four in 15 since Boxing Day.
  • Aston Villa can go five matches without a win in all competitions for the first time this season.
  • Dean Smith's side haven't scored more than once in any of their past 10 top-flight fixtures, managing just six goals in total.
  • They kept a clean sheet in 11 of their 12 league victories this season but have only avoided defeat in two of the 13 matches in which they conceded a goal.
  • Emiliano Martinez is one short of matching Villa's Premier League record for most clean sheets by a goalkeeper in a season: 15 by Brad Friedel in 2009-10.
  • Ollie Watkins has gone seven league appearances without a goal, failing to score with any of his last 17 shots.
  • Matt Targett, who played 18 Championship matches on loan for Fulham in 2017-18, could make his 100th Premier League appearance on Sunday.

Fulham

  • Fulham are currently on a club top-flight record run of eight consecutive away matches without defeat, including two wins out of the past four.
  • They can keep three consecutive Premier League away clean sheets for the first time since their top-flight record of four in a row between November and December 2008.
  • However, Fulham have lost three of their past four league fixtures, as many as they had in their previous 15.
  • They must beat Villa to have any chance of ending a round of fixtures outside the relegation zone for the first time in four months.