Aston Villa vs. Fulham, open match thread, lineups

Clive Rose

Join us as we discuss what will no doubt be a thrilling, high-quality contest between Aston Villa and Fulham.

"Good" is an entirely relative term when talking about football (or any sport, or art, but we're going to stick with football, here.) It can refer to quality; there are teams that play "good" football, in this sense of the word, that many people find to be as dull as dishwater. It can also mean exciting, and there are many teams throughout the world that aren't especially accomplished in a technical sense that play lots of "good" games. Some of the "best" games I've watched in recent years have been between mid-table Eredivisie teams, or relegation-battling LigaMX teams. Football can be a hell of a lot of fun even if it isn't of the highest quality, and even if you find objectively good teams to be boring, they're still good. There's a lot of good to go around in football, is my point.

My other point is that it's hard to see anything about this game being good.

Note: Aaron wrote the above blurb BEFORE the lineups came out. I think he's psychic. -Robert

Aston Villa Starting XI

Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar, Ryan Bertrand; Joseph Bennett, Leandro Bacuna, Ashley Westwood; Andi Weimann, Marc Albrighton, Grant Holt

Aston Villa Subs

Jed Steer, Ciaran Clark, Antonio Luna, Aleksandar Tonev, Yacouba Sylla, Jordan Bowery, Callum Robinson

Fulham Starting XI

David Stockdale; John Heitinga, Brede Hangeland, Sascha Riether, Fernando Amorebieta; Steve Sidwell, Pajtim Kasami, Mahamadou Diarra, Lewis Holtby, Kieran Richardson; Cauley Woodrow

Fulham Subs

Maarten Stekelenburg, John Arne Riise, William Kvist, Alexander Kacaniklic, Ashkan Dejagah, Patrick Roberts, Hugo Rodallega

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