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Aston Villa vs. Fulham

Villa Park

05/02/11

15:00

Villa v Fulham Preview!

It`s off to Villa Park this Saturday as Fulham seek to take three points on offer that would consolidate their recent rise up the table.

Vital Quotes:

As we seek to win two on the trot, Aston Villa are seeking to not lose two on the trot, prompting Gerrard Houllier to offer the following quizzical quote,

"A good team doesn`t lose twice in a row, it`s as simple as that. We`ll see if we`re a good team or not."

An interesting theory!

Aston Villa Team News:

Gerrard Houllier goes into this fixture with a couple of players unavailable. Herd and Young (Luke) are both injured whilst Baker is serving a suspension.

Houllier may decide that this fixture is the ideal time to give his new loan signing a debut, the American Michael Bradley who showcased his skills in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Player to watch: Stewart Downing

A cultured left foot that can cause havoc in most defences with its accurate delivery

Fulham Team News:

Mark Hughes will still be without the services of Bobby Zamora and Phillipe Senderos both still coming back from long term injuries. Dickson Etuhu will also miss out with Steve Sidwell set to deputise in midfield.

Hughes may decide to give Eidur Gudjohnsen his debut but will probably give his other newcomer, Gale Kakuta, a place on the bench

We have no suspensions to worry about.

Player to watch: Steve Sidwell

Can Steve join the ranks of professionals that have scored against their former club? It worked last week when Danny Murphy got an early brace to set us on the road to victory!

Match Facts & Stats

The record books make slightly disheartening reading if you think Villa Park will herald a Fulham victory this Saturday.

Apparently Villa have never lost a Premier League match at home to us having played 9, won 6 and drawn 3/b>

It`s also an eternity since we won there in a league game, March 1973 to be precise when we emerged victors by a single goal in a five goal thriller.

A tough proposition is on the cards then!

Ref Watch:

Lee Mason takes charge of this fixture ably assisted by David Richardson and Patrick Keane running the line. Patrolling the technical area will be Scott Mathieson.

Match Prediction:

We`re back to that old chestnut of our away form are we not! Can we win at Villa Park, off course we can. Mark Hughes has us playing well and if Villa come at us we can do some damage on the counter attack, although it`ll take some resolute defending to stave them off. 1-0 to Fulham!

Next Fixtures:

It`s local derby time next weekend when we welcome Chelsea to Craven Cottage.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 4 2011

Time: 5:03PM

Your Comments

here's to a new era of winning away... just watch out for that darren bent...
woodysweats
i fancy our chances here 2 1 me thinks
truth sayer ffc
On paper, this should be a Villa win, but I'm optimistic we can come away with at least a draw. I predict 1-1.
Teddy_KGB
yes but teddy we play on grass not on papper
truth sayer ffc
sory i ment paper ha ha
truth sayer ffc
would have been 2 1 if it wernt for that doughnut pantsil as much as I like the guy sort it out or you will end up our top scorer you have got more goles then some of our strikers maybe you should go and stand on the other teams gole line
truth sayer ffc
 

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