Aston Villa vs Pompey Preview

Last updated : 03 March 2006 By Jim Bonner
We all know the deal now. Seven wins from Eleven games left should do it however looking at this game this is one we will probably have to win, or certainly avoid defeat in.

Villa have only won three games at home in the league and have major defensive worries as Delaney is injured and Mellberg is suspended leaving them with Liam "Penalty" Ridgewell and some other mediocre defenders left. So if there is a time to be breaking our 35 year winless streak at Villa Park then tommorow would present a good chance for us.

However, having lost our last nine away games we won't be taking too much confidence going into this game ourselves but we can take heart from our performance against Chelsea but we still haven't scored away since Matty Taylor's free kick against Blackburn on January 2nd... so now would be the time for Benjani to start performing and he has to score eventually.... right? (Around 14/1 odds on Benjani not scoring a single Pompey goal if you're a betting man!)

Our injury problems aren't helping as Gary O'Neil, Linvoy and Richard Hughes could miss out pending on a fitness test. If Linvoy can't play then our defence is going to look even worse than Villa's and no doubt Baros and Phillips will have a field day. But still you never know.. drastic situations call for drastic measures and I'd happily take a Ridgewell own goal in the last minute to settle it if that's what it takes for us to take three points.