Aston Villa v Arsenal: Updates, team news, win a t-shirt and banter with hopefully a good result

If Arsenal win tonight they could go top of the table. If we win tonight we could move into fifth place. If my wife comes home in the next hour she will make me lunch. It is a big if and I'd love her to, but if she doesn't, I'll take it in my stride, much like I will tonight if we don't get three points.

However, we can beat Arsenal. On our day, we can beat any team and we have shown that this season but also over the past two or three and while it will take a tremendous effort by all that start, it is possible and well, if we do win, I wouldn't actually be surprised.


Saying that, I wouldn't be surprised by any result tonight and I think that just goes to show that we can win, but also on our day, as shown by the result at Arsenal, that we can sort of just not turn up. But, we are at home tonight and we really don't like going to London.

Early Team News

Nigel Reo-Coker and John Carew are not available tonight. There is also a chance that Stephen Warncok won't make it and Marc Albrighton is out also, although we wouldn't have expected him to start, despite his brief appearance in the FA Cup and setting up a goal so early on before coming off injured.

If Warnock is injured, it does mean that we will quite possibly start with a centre back at left back and right back tonight, which will be interesting and also slightly worrying, but I think it will be okay and as of yet, nothing is confirmed.

Updates and Banter

I'm feeling in positive mood today and as such I think I'm going to sit back and join in with the banter and see how much coffee I can drink. We will update this page with any bits of information we get and as and when we get the team news, we will add it also. I might also give Twitter a break until kick off as it is getting a bit much.

Prediction Time

So, your predictions below please and seeing as I have one t-shirt left (some are going out this week if you have received an email about getting one but it hasn't arrived yet) if you get it right and you are the only one, you win it. If more than one person gets it, all your names go into a hat and I draw the winner.

Team News

Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, L Young, Webcam, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor and Heskey.

The bench: Guzan, Sidwell, Delph, Delfouneso, Davies, Shorey and Beye.