A cracker in the Women’s Super League will be unfolding very soon. It’s Manchester United v Arsenal, and guiding you through that one will be our very own Niall McVeigh:
On me telly Gary Neville is quite rightly taking us through Norwich’s brilliant building from the back at the weekend. When it works, it’s sensational – no doubt about that at all.
Dean Smith on Nakamba: “Douglas Luiz has been playing for Brazil and it tires people out going back and forth. Marvelous has been training very well.”
I fancy both teams to make use of a handy outball – Wesley and Haller both know how to lead a line – if passing out from the back isn’t possible. You don’t *have* to play out from the keeper, much as it can be lovely! Do we think that in five years’ time there’ll have been a massive kick back and proper Crazy Gang up-and-unders will be a la mode?
Villa give a debut to Marvelous Nakamba, the absolutely spiffing Zimbabwe midfielder. The Hammers are unchanged.
Aston Villa: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Grealish, Nakamba, McGinn, Jota, Wesley, El Ghazi. Subs: Douglas Luiz, Lansbury, Steer, Hourihane, Konsa, Elmohamady, Davis.
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Rice, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Haller. Subs: Balbuena, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Roberto, Fornals, Wilshere, Ajeti.
Referee: Mike Dean
It’s the claret and blue derby. Or should that be the David Cameron derby? Given that he’s everywhere you look at the moment we don’t really need to go there though. Let’s settle on this: it should be a rattling good game to round off a distinctly curious Premier League weekend.
West Ham have been fun so far. Fun, fun, fun, with some in-form strikers and a free-flowing forward line. Villa have impressed, too, in beating Everton and were mightily unlucky not to draw in that controversial clash at Crystal Palace. So this one looks as if it will be very close to call. But the carrot for Manuel Pellegrini’s side tonight is huge – if they take the three points, they’ll go third in the early-season table. They couldn’t, could they … etcetera and so forth. Probably not, but it’d be fun to see them having a pop at the top dogs.
Let’s see if they can! Or if Villa can keep up the generally impressive starts we’ve seen from the promoted clubs. Perhaps we’ll even see at least one of these teams attempt a long goal kick! The heresy! Stay with us, and get your emails and tweets in throughout the evening if you fancy a chatter.