Friday, December 17, 2010

Trap Matches and the Joy of Tape-Delay: Wigan v. Aston Villa POSTPONED

Well, last week was a whole lot better, wasn't it?  With Emile Heskey returning to bag the winner, Carlos Cuellar returning to the backline, and American Eric Lichaj making his first EPL start, Villa showed a lot more fight going forward and composure at the back in securing the 2-1 win.

Looking to build on that, Villa travel to the Wigan Rugby Ground (The DW Stadium) to take on Wigan Athletic. Nigel Reo-Coker, after making a late substitute return, should be returning to the first XI, as should Gabby Agbonlahor, fresh off of an illness that kept him out of the West Brom match.  Stiliyan Petrov and Fabian Delph (both knee injuries) and Steve Sidwell (achilles) are out, with all three expected to return in January. Fresh reports are claiming that Ashley Young, who put in a pure captain's performance last weekend, could be a miss through the entire Christmas schedule with ankle ligament injuries.  If true, that would be a major miss, as Villa follow this match by hosting Tottenham on Boxing Day, travelling to Manchester City two days later, and then to Chelsea right after the New Year.

Wigan, who currently sit in 18th, will be missing quite a few of their players, with Henry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa on suspension, and Emerson Boyce, Franco DiSanto, Benni McCarthy and Victor Moses all injured.

The Capital Villans will be at Fado for the match, which will be shown as the late game on Fox Soccer Channel. So avoid the score, and join us at the humane hour of 5:00 p.m.  See you there!  The match has been postponed due to the Big Freeze 2010 in England.

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