Welcome back! Aston Villa are back in their second (third? fourth) friendly of the season - against Shrewsbury at 3pm UK time. Aston Villa might as well have stayed in Shropshire after battering Telford by four goals to nil - their next match against Shrewsbury takes place today, and it’s just up the road from the New Bucks Head, where Villa kicked off their 2017/2018 season.
Previously, Villa managed to get two wins - against Kidderminster and Telford; where James Chester, Conor Hourihane, Chris Samba, Callum O’Hare, Andre Green and Mitch Clark managed to impress when the squad was split. However, when Villa’s youngsters headed down to Nuneaton, they were battered by six goals to nil. Yuck.
This time around, Villa will be playing Football League opposition. Shrewsbury host Villa in just over an hour - and Villa will play a team that will more than likely resemble their full-season team rather than the pick ‘n’ mix that played during the two games against Kidderminster and Telford.
What’s more, you can watch it all below.
Can Gabby keep up his form? Will Samba earn his contract? Will we see a debut for John Terry? Will Veretout and Amavi impress? Will Callum O’Hare continue to emulate Lionel Messi? There’s a lot of threads - let’s carry on the story. We’ll keep the comments section warm for you.