What a bad week. A humiliating first half against Arsenal, getting dropped out of the Carling Cup by the Clowns down the road, and a miserable performance at Anfield before which our manager almost walked into the home dressing room. . .
Aston Villa needs a win. Badly.
The Villans welcome Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion to Villa Park this Saturday. The last time the Baggies visited B6, two seasons ago, Villa was triumphant, 2-1, with former Albion skipper Curtis Davies scoring the first goal.
West Brom currently sit ninth, five points ahead of Villa. They will face injury doubts for leading scorer Peter Odemwingie and midfielder Chris Brunt.
Villa, meanwhile, will receive injury boosts, with Emile Heksey, Barry Bannan, Carlos Cuellar and Habib Beye all returning to full match fitness for the weekend; Ashley Young returns after missing the Liverpool match on suspension. Vice-captain Nigel Reo-Coker has also returned to full training, but is a doubt to play on Saturday. Ciaran Clark will miss through suspension, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at Anfield. Steve Sidwell and Stiliyan Petrov are both a couple of weeks away from full training after achilles and knee injuries, respectively. Young midfielders Fabian Delph and Gary Gardner, meanwhile, can expect to remain on the shelf until January as they both recover from knee injuries.
The Capital Villans will be taking the match in at Lucky Bar, on 18th and Connecticut (Just south of Dupont Circle. See you there at 10:00 a.m. EST