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Is all well down at Villa Park?

Going into this weekends Midlands clash,we are about to find out if Villa are still up for the relegation fight and up for playing for Gerard Houllier!

I think out of all the teams in the bottom ten, Villa stand out as being the team that shouldn't be there, too good to go down etc, so what's gone wrong this year?

They play a very wide game with Ashley Young and Marc Albrighton on the flanks, so two good wide men, the same as us really!

Their results in a way are very much in the same vane as ours, up and down is probably the best way to describe it, Ashley Young's desire to get away is perhaps affecting moral and I'm not convinced that Gerard Houllier is the man for the job but that's another story for another day.

Looking at recent home form they have lost 1-0 to Sunderland, beat Man City 1-0, drawn with Fulham and lastly beat Blackburn 4-1 so as you can see 'erratic' is the order of the day.

I think we'll go 4-5-1 in this game, that I think, will suit us and maybe cause Villa some problems, however with only one away win all season at Liverpool when Uncle Woy was struggling, a draw looks more likely than an away win, which I would hastily add, I would be more than happy with.

The game at Molineux was Mr Houllier's first in charge and I remember was won by a really good header from Emile Heskey making his comeback into the Villa side, wouldn't it be nice for us to do the same to them with a certain Michael Kightly maybe returning with a place on the bench!

If you look at those last four results at home, a loss, a win, a draw and then a win, the next one is due to be a negative we hope!

I think a close, low scoring score draw is on the cards. And in closing I would like to add that I hope both our great clubs can avoid dropping out of, what is this year, probably the most competitive Premier League of them all!

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Writer: Crete Wolf Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 17 2011

Time: 10:00AM

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Ashley Young hasn't played as a winger once this season! It's normally Downing and Albrighton/Gabby wide with Ash playing the supporting striker role. If Ash plays like he did in our last home game then their is no doubt we will win this easily, but with a lack of height in the team it wouldn't shock me to see Albrighton dropped with Downing moving to right midfield, Ash on the left and Heskey to partner Bent.
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17/03/2011 10:46:00

And we will most likely play the same formation as normall. 4411, by no means are we going defensive in this game, it's a must must must win for us!
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17/03/2011 10:47:00

Whats the news on Young?any favourite destinations?.
Crete Wolf
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17/03/2011 11:25:00

good luck wolves, we have a couple of unhappy players who are jumped up idiots and we will all be glad to see the back of them, other than that we have commited players in Young, Bent, Downing etc, players than win games for us... so good luck and hope you guys stay up this season. Lee
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17/03/2011 11:40:00

I think any fan of football would prefer to see both clubs playing in the top flight for many years to come- Villa have been there forever and a day, I can't remember when they were not and I'm heading to work so no time to look it up- Villa fans please feel free to fill in the missing gaps- whilst fans of football know of our history, want us there, and with the planned development of the stadium (going hand in hand with a steady flow of money being thrown at improving the team in tandom) we could be less than five years away from putting 40,000 inside Molineux and establishing ourselves at the right end of the table. The proof is on paper however and we have now been in 2/2 relegation battles. Many expected it and no matter what we do during the summer, if we do stay up, many will again have us down for relegation and it will be upto us to get off to a better start rather than having to show major improvements in the second half of the season which has happend twice in a row also. I am confident we will stay up, and I would start with a point at Villa. I do think young Gabby saying there is no talk of the 'r' word at Villa is turning a blind eye to a very precarious situation, but saying that to the paper is one thing- I don't believe the Villa players ignore the paper or the table and they will know as well as the rest of us how big a win over us on Saturday could prove. To move 7 points away from the zone with what would prove 8 games left, it is still only a couple of results here and there that could change it all, but recovering that points difference over almost the same amount of games is not usually seen- then again- we have not seen a season like this in the history of the Premiership and we may not again for some time. Good points brought forward Crete. Let's just hope that when we are fingering the fixture list before next season kicks off we are looking ahead at more Wolves & Villa games. It would pain me to sit and write an article based on how far we have come not just over the past two years, but knocking on five to consider it coming undone. It is all about the now, the next nine games and looking at my 'final table predictor' :) I have both of us staying up with a relatively comfortable cushion, which we ultimately managed last season. Can't wait for this one.
New York City Wolf
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17/03/2011 13:27:00

Great time to play us. Unless we're leading by 3 clear goals with 5 mins left, which I can't see, then we're always likely to chuck it away. Would take a draw, which hurts to say.
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