Friday, September 22, 2006

Villa preview

There's nothing like discussing such subjects as the toxicity of metabolites cut off in a Gereman schloss with no television, no newspapers and no E mail to make you lose touch with current Charlton opinion. When the text came through that Charlton had won 1-0 against Carlisle, my immediate reaction was one of relief and 'job done', but from reading the blogs the result seems to have deepened the gloomy mood among the Addickted.

We have a much more important fixture at Villa tomorrow with the Addicks badly needing some points to get them out of the relegation positions. The immediate reaction is to point to our poor record at Villa. The last time we won there in the Premiership I was living in Seattle Wa.

However, too much can be made of our record against a particular club. Our only three points this year so far came against Bolton and we have had a poor record against them in the Premiership. The Villa blogs are already predicting an easy three points with Iain Dowie described as the worst Premiership manager since O'Leary which is saying something. O'Neill is a good manager, but the match is actually played between two teams and the Villa team is not that much better than it was under previous management.

The Herminator will probably come in at left back while Fortune will do his best alongisde against El K. Shearer's critique of him on MOTD last Saturday has to be seen in the context of their history, but Fortune is a doughty defender rather than a skilled or speedy one.

In midfield we will see Rommedahl and Ambrose on the wings. Former Blue Bryan Hughes will no doubt recover from his groin strain to face the Second City Clarets. Given that Pouso and Holland are unlikely to be fit, this may mean an opportunity for Kishishev.

The side doesn't fill me with a great deal of confidence and my forecast is a 2-1 win for Villa with Ambrose being the unlikely scorer for Charlton. This will lead to the murmurings against Dowie becoming louder, not justified in my view.

Remember that you can read the comments of our canine reporter on the match in The Observer on Sunday.


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