Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blackpool Blackout and Early Risers: Villa v. Blackpool, November 10, and Villa v. ManUre, November 13

More goals to come from Super Marc?
Time will tell. . . 

Despite dropping points with the last kick of the game via Brede Hangeland's crushing equalizer at the Cottage, Aston Villa got a boost from the emergences of Villa Academy products Ciaran Clark and Barry Bannan, the former filling in ably for a newly injured Nigel Reo-Coker, the latter producing a beautiful cross-field pass to set up Marc Albrighton's opening tally.

Also a boost will be the fact that Gabby Agbonlahor will return to senior team action for tomorrow's home tilt with Blackpool.  Gabby starts the game against the newly-promoted northwest coast side on the bench, with the aforementioned Bannan likely to start against his former loan employers.  Steve Sidwell and Nigel Reo-Coker are new additions to the injury list, with The Ginger Ghost undergoing Achilles tendon surgery, and NRC suffering a knee injury in the early stages of Saturday's match.  They join John Carew (calf/disgruntledness), Emile Heskey (knee), Stiliyan Petrov (knee), and Fabian Delph (knee) among those unavailable for tomorrow's clash.  The match will be on at 2:45 p.m. EST; no place in DC is showing it, so consult your Interweb for a potential stream.

Villa also welcome Manchester United to Villa Park at the weekend; The Red Devils will be coming to B6 fresh off of the Manchester Derby, and have a few of their own injury woes.  Wayne Rooney (ankle, pride), Antonio Valencia (ankle), Michael Owen (hamstring, general Michael Owen-ness), and Owen Hargreaves (hamstring) are all likely misses.  Villa should see the full return of Agbonlahor, who delivered the game winner at Old Trafford last season.  The match kicks off at 7:45 a.m. EST; Fado will be showing it.

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