Hello and happy Carling Cup third-round day! Obviously, we don't play today, but there are plenty of juicy fixtures to keep you occupied, including a moment to cheer for MK Dons. There will be an open thread up later, but for now, here's your football news you can use:
Gordon Cowans Promoted To First Team: Cowans has been promoted from the academy to the first team coaching staff. According to Tony Morley, he's going to strike fear into the hearts of our players.
Stephen Ireland Promises More: Considering he came to Villa Park as part of a deal that saw our best player leaving, Villa supporters are probably even quicker than usual in condemning Ireland. I'll give him more of a chance, but those flashes of brilliance really need to be sustained.
Does It Matter That Villa Had An Easy Start?: Jonathan Wilson examines whether playing newly promoted teams or playing the Big Four has any effect on a team's points.
Edinson Cavani Directed By God: A higher power told Cavani to go to Napoli. Supporters thank that higher power, considering it also blessed the Uruguayan with a terrific eye for goal.