Swansea City come to Villa Park on Saturday as a squad in a bit of a crisis, desperately needing a win to get back on track.
They’ve come to the right place!
What to know about Aston Villa
I don’t like writing about this team any more, so our Adam Clark suggested I simply write "1,000 words on possible Sherwood sartorial choices" for this week’s preview. While I won’t do that, I do hope Tim Sherwood goes for a gilet tomorrow, especially given a guy named Gillet scored against Spurs last night for Anderlecht.
(Also, I had to look up what the hell "sartorial" meant. Is this a common word in Britain? Please advise.)
On the pitch, Villa continue to promise to do stupid things. They spent loads of money on youth they leave on the bench — Jordan Amavi — or out of the squad entirely — Jordan Veretout — to instead play guys like Kieran Richardson.
Is it going to be any different tomorrow? Especially with Sherwood going to the media about a need to bring in experience in January?
This is already starting to sound like the Paul Lambert era again, just on a much faster timeline. What the hell is wrong with this club?
Sherwood has a full bill of health for his squad, apparently, which means Gabby Agbonlahor, Ciaran Clark and others are back and ready to go. Despite the return of those guys, the biggest intrigue at 2 p.m. tomorrow will be at the goalkeeper spot — does Brad Guzan keep his place after his howler of a pass last week? Or does Mark Bunn get a first Premier League start at B6?
What to know about Swansea City
They’re better than Villa! Everyone loves them! They signed the "right" Ayew brother!
Swansea are hardcore on that struggle bus, and Garry Monk has come under a lot of criticism in South Wales since. They don’t have a Premier League win since August, and they’re coming off a 1-0 loss to Stoke City this past week. They’ve got too good of a squad to languish down near the bottom for too long, you’d think, but I’ve also been of the opinion the bottom will fall out on their magical run at some point. It can’t be this year though, can it?
Swans are pretty healthy too, with a return from Wayne Routledge possible, to add to an already-solid squad, featuring Bafetimbi Gomis up front, who scored the winner against Villa last year, and André Ayew, the supposed "right" brother.
This completely ignores that Swansea are a much more attractive destination than Villa right now, the fact that underscores how sad of a position we’ve found ourselves in.
Ayew is admittedly out of form, but that hasn’t stopped people from tearing Villa a new one in the past.
I’m writing this from my high school, where I’m substitute teaching for the day. Gambling websites are blocked.
Who in their right mind is going to suggest a Villa win? I mean, it’s probably going to happen at some point in time because football is a silly sport, but the Claret and Blues have developed quite the track record of helping out a team in need at the perfect time.
PREDICTION: Villa 0, Swansea 2