Friday, May 20, 2011

A change of venue to end the Season: Aston Villa v. Liverpool, 22 May 2011, 11 a.m. EDT

Villa closed out its traveling campaign with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Arsenal, with Darren Bent bagging a brace in the first 15 minutes, and Villa defending stoutly for the remaining 75, thus certifying next year's appearance in the Premier League.  A win to close out our season could, depending on results, see us catapult into 9th, a dizzying position considering how this season has played out.

Villa will be without midfielder Jean Makoun, who has left early for Cameroon to tend to his wife and children, who were recently in a car crash.  The family is not seriously injured, but is in a state of shock.  Our best wishes go out to Jean.  Manager Gerard Houllier also continues to mend from his heart scare, but the good news is that the gaffer was at Bodymoor Heath earlier this week.  Mssr. Houllier could be in attendance for the final game of the season, but Gary Mac will remain in charge of the team for one last match.

The match could also be the farewell for several Villa players, with Nigel Reo-Coker and Brad Friedel still yet to sign new contracts (their current ones expire with this season).  Speculation also swirls around Ashley Young, who will enter the final year of his Villa contract next season.   Kyle Walker will also return to Tottenham, barring a successful permanent bid from Aston Villa.

Capital Villans will be changing venues to the Queen Vic on 12th and H Street NE, which I'm told is a Liverpool bar.  At any rate, it's a right proper pub.   Come on out, bid farewell to the season, and UP THE VILLA!

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