Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Villa's travels- The FA Cup today @ Man City; Tape Delay at the Weekend- at Bolton

This past weekend saw Villa dismantle Blackburn 4-1, with Ashley Young providing a brace, Stewart Downing finishing an excellent run, and Marc Albrighton dinking one in off a Blackburn defender.  With that boost, Villa head to Eastlands today to take on Manchester City in the 5th round of the FA Cup.  Win, and Villa host Reading, who upset Everton on Monday, in the quarterfinal round.

Villa will be without defensive trio James Collins (calf), Nathan Baker (bell rung), and Carlos Cuellar (hamstring), while newly fit fullback Luke Young misses today to welcome a third child into the world.  All of which means that midfield starlet Fabian Delph will likely be drafted in at the left-back position he played quite well in on Saturday after the aforementioned Baker got his aforementioned bell rung by Rovers keeper Paul Robinson.  Darren Bent will also miss, having played in the FA Cup for Sunderland in their 2-1 loss to Notts County.   The game is live on Fox Soccer Channel from 2:30 p.m. if you're so inclined.

At the weekend, Villa travel to the Reebok Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers.  The Trotters, who feature American midfield prodigy Stuart Holden, currently sit seventh, four points above Villa.  The match will be on tape delay here in the U.S., so avoid the score and come watch with us at Lucky Bar at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  See you then!

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