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Septic Peg

Aston Villa v Bristol City Match Day 41

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4 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

That is not the best Villa line-up and should encourage us.

No Hause, Mings or Chester....Jedinak a DM who has no pace, alongside Tuanzebe, who is inexperienced.

Belief!!!

Shit tier centre half pairing. Probably explains the logic behind the Matty Taylor start.

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On a slight tangent (and obviously it may not go to plan) but how refreshing is it for LJ to mix it up several games in a row, but this time instead of the selections last year where he “tombola’d” it because he was overthinking what the opponents may do, he’s coming at it from making them worry about us first and foremost.

That feels like real development to me

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10 minutes ago, SoliCyder said:

I think we're a centre back/deep midfielder short for that. Perhaps 4-3-3 with Marlon playing deeper in midfield?

Could well be. One things for sure - it's an adaptable and flexible front 6 that should hopefully be able to react if villa surprise them.

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Sorry to curse it but I feel much better about this game based on those line ups. LJ has included plenty of attacking threat and lets face it we'll probably need to score a couple. Hope we can unsettle their makeshift defence.

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Afternoon all!   Another tough game, but they are all hard games in the Championship, are they not?   Anyway I fancy us today, hopefully I haven't put the curse on it, it will be another close game, but i think another odd goal win, although a draw would be OK. So COME ON YOU RED'S!

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19 minutes ago, Silvio Dante said:

On a slight tangent (and obviously it may not go to plan) but how refreshing is it for LJ to mix it up several games in a row, but this time instead of the selections last year where he “tombola’d” it because he was overthinking what the opponents may do, he’s coming at it from making them worry about us first and foremost.

That feels like real development to me

Team selection is his own but it's now Yahtzee for the formation.

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Mad line up considering the opposition, what happened last season and the fact a draw would be fine. We have a pattern to our away wins and this aint it but fair bloody play to LJ if it works.

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3 minutes ago, Gazred said:

Team selection is his own but it's now Yahtzee for the formation/.

Well with Villa missing Mings, Hause, Grealish & Kodjia we have an opportunity.. can LJ find the formation to take advantage?

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Well, I`m a sight more hopeful we can get something out of this now I`ve seen their side. Jedinak is no CB thst`s for sure. He`s looked an accident waiting to happen whenever I`ve seen him play there on TV.

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1 minute ago, old_eastender said:

Well with Villa missing Mings, Hause, Grealish & Kodjia we have an opportunity.. can LJ find the formation to take advantage?

Yahtzee reference was certainly only tongue in cheek. I think it's fantastic he has learned and improved that aspect of his management from last season. Really impressed with the way he has refreshed us since the international break, we looked stale on that bad run and the tactical changes and well executed subs have made a massive difference at a key time in the season.

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No good sitting back. They conceed a lot at home and that centre back pairing has to give us a lot of hope.

No shin padless grease boy to wind up the away fans either so lets be positive.

⚽⚽⚽️COYR⚽⚽⚽

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6 minutes ago, cidercity1987 said:

Mad line up considering the opposition, what happened last season and the fact a draw would be fine. We have a pattern to our away wins and this aint it but fair bloody play to LJ if it works.

Yes, quite. That's very bold by LJ. With both their defensive linchpin and playmaker out, let's get at 'em. If it doesn't work it will be a bit upsetting, but I'd rather go down chasing glory that hanging on for a point. I'll take a repeat of the WBA game, even if I still haven't quite recovered from that!

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Well we won’t get a better chance than today, key players out for them with a makeshift defence and no Grealish to pull the strings up front

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1 hour ago, Silvio Dante said:

I’m done trying to guess what team or formation we’re going to field so god knows how Dean Smiths planned...

I’m not the greatest fan of LJ, though I’m open to persuasion, but one of his strengths is being flexible in his team selection. It must be difficult for opposition managers to plan how to play against City, as you never know what formation you will facing 

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