After snow and the concerns of Wigan-area police for travelling supporters cancelled last Saturday's match, Villa head into a packed Festive program full of challenges. The program opens with Tottenham coming to Villa Park on Boxing Day, and is followed by visits to Manchester City on the 28th and Chelsea the day after New Year's, returning home to take on Sunderland on the 5th.
Transfer speculation has also heated up with the window set to open on New Year's Day; Villa has already made one move, dealing the Ginger Ghost, Steve Sidwell, to West Ham. Sidwell never really found a permanent place in the Villa team, and often spent time out tending to achilles tendon injuries. His skills as a ball boy, however, will be missed.
As for match preparations, Villa should have the majority of its squad back healthy. Injured captain Stiliyan Petrov and young midfielders Fabian Delph and Gary Gardner have all returned to training. Spurs, who sit fifth, should also have a full squad to choose from, with Rafa van der Vaart returning from injury.
Capital Villans leadership will once again be out of town, but anyone still around and interested can catch the action at Lucky Bar, at the intersection of Connecticut and 18th NW, who will have the match on at 12:30.