Writer: Richard McCormick
Date:Friday December 12 2008
Bolton travel to Aston Villa, scene of last season`s low point, with three ex-Villa players likely to be in the line up. Gary Cahill, Gavin McCann and Jlloyd Samuel have all made creditable contributions this season. Who`d have thought that would be written about J-Lo?
'I think if anybody is going to break the domination of the so-called "big four" then Aston Villa have got as good of a chance as anybody. They seem to have the financial backing from Mr Lerner in America, they've got an excellent manager and coaching staff, have made some terrific signings and have got a top class squad.`
Gary Megson bigs up the opposition. A cunning psychological ploy or maybe he just can`t keep his gob shut.
James Milner is battling to overcome a bout of man flu and nightclubber John Carew has a back injury. Rumours that he got it body popping on the dance floor have yet to draw comment.
AKA Ashley Young. Most thought that Martin O`Neill was bonkers to pay Ł9 million to Watford for the striker, but it seems money well spent now. Young has fitted in well, especially as he has to commute to West Baltimore to fulfil the commitments of his other job.
Those readers who haven`t seen HBO drama series, The Wire will have been completely bypassed by that last sentence. There might just be a DVD box set on E-Bay next week. Treat yourself for Christmas
Joey O'Brien and Tamir Cohen are long time absentees. Apart from that the Ginger One has a full, if small, squad to select from.
Elmo's on fire. Especially away from home. Just ask Roy Keane. You'll probably have to do that by text message if Niall Quinn's experience is anything to go by.
Villa Park isn't a happy hunting ground for the Whites. The victory there in 2006 was only the second since 1958.
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Date:Friday December 12 2008
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