Look, I might be wrong, but aren't Fulham and Aston Villa the two form sides in this League? I'm fairly sure we are and Fulham are looking good and I write I might be wrong because if I am, I'm sure it will get pointed out and I'll be ridiculed for it.

But it means today is going to be interesting because Fulham will fancy they'll get into the top two if they continue the run they are on.

But we're also looking good. We're full of confidence and we have the players that can help us win this game. Up front we're strong and defensively we've got possibly the best back four in the League, certainly the most experienced and recognised.

And there is talk that Grealish and Adomah might not make the side today and while both have been fairly influential this season, I think we've got the players that can step up and I think it will be okay. Don't get me wrong, both should start, but we've got cover and we've got options. We've also got the players around them that will help.

It's not that I'd not rather start with both, but our squad is good enough. And on that, I'll be back later. We need the three points today.

Match facts from the BBC

  • Fulham have lost just one of their last 11 home league games against Villa - 2-0 Premier League defeat in January 2010.
  • Villa, who won 2-1 at home to Fulham in October, have not achieved a league double over the Cottagers since the 2009-10 season.
  • Fulham have not won seven home league matches in a row since a run of eight back between May and October 2000.
  • Villa's seven-game winning run in the league is their best since 1990. They last won eight league games in a row in April 1975 under Ron Saunders when they won promotion back to the top flight.
  • Only Sheffield United's Billy Sharp (15) has won more points from Championship goals scored this season than Villa's Albert Adomah (14).
  • Fulham have won more points from losing positions this season than any other side in the division (13).

Pre-match interview

The chart

Aston Villa chart after 31 games
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.