Second City Ragnarok
Today’s Second City derby is a potentially intriguing affair. While Villa are top of the Championship form table going into this weekend, the Blues have started to sort themselves out and have managed to win their last two home games 1-0 against decent opposition in Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday.
A low-scoring closely contested affair seems to be in the offering with the hosts focusing on being organised and tight at the back in an attempt to turn their fortunes around.
Yet, if Villa get an early goal to make the Blues open up and come forward, they have shown they are now capable of putting a few away on their travels ala the games at Barnsley (3-0) and Burton (4-0).
You’d expect the Blues to go 4-2-3-1 as they did against Cardiff, but will Steve Bruce opt for the 4-5-1 he played against Fulham, with Joshua Onomah coming in for the second striker?
Or will the Villa boss revert back to the 4-4-2 that served Villa well, until they came up against an inspired Wolves team?
All the above is discussed in the Blues preview within the latest episode of the MOMS podcast.
Also in the show…
David and Dan discuss Villa’s current form, Pep Guardiola’s ball problem and the man with the shortest Villa career ever in the hunt to be a Premier League manager, before getting into the Fulham game and previewing the battle against the Blues.
Other questions answered include: Is Onomah the secret weapon? Is Whelan a weapon of mass self-destruction? And are Villa a ‘one prick pony’?
We ears drop in on a phone call from super agent Jorge Mendes (the force behind Wolves’ transformation) to Tony Xia, hear what Negatron has to say about the club’s social media and Alan Hutton, and there’s a message from our sponsor Gabby Power.
Apologies in advance to our Irish listeners for the outtakes…
And further apologies for the lateness of this episode, but we hope there is a enough madness in it to make up for it!
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Podcast Episode 31 features:
David Michael – @oldmansaid
Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr
My Old Man Said – http://www.myoldmansaid.com
Villa Underground – http://www.villaunderground.com
Producer – David Michael
Voice ‘talent’ – Dan Rodgers