Date: 25th October 2008 at 7:59pm
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Aston Villa return to the JJB Stadium on Sunday still reeling from the fact that in last years encounter, we managed to allow Titus Bramble to score.

Higher prices will likely mean less fans, however I am still looking forward to what may well become an annual away-day for myself and some of the other Vital Villa legions.

Villa take on a Wigan side that is slowly but surely attempting to become a footballing side. They could be dangerous, if it was not for the fact that they still share their home “turf” with those who doth hug each other often, and spend 80 minutes running around after an egg.

If you`re Zaki and you know it, clap your hands, John Carew, as Fear says, stays out until 1 or 2. When talking strikers, O`Neill may well feed the Hare, however you have to say he would be well and truly trampled by E-Mule.

It`s a Vital Villa preview that stays out the night before a game!

Vital Quotes:

We kick off the quotes section this time around with yet another Martin O`Neill classic “I`m going to admire one of my ex player” speeches. More often than not, the big lump that is Emile Heskey has been a subject of ridicule, and his manouvere to join Steve Bruce in pie land only armed his knockers with more ammunition for the war on the England internationals floundering career.

Sadly for thems knockers, E-Mule has carved himself somewhat of a decent career at the JJB, so much so that the tabloids are now linking Heskey with a return to Anfield, possibly to become the chalk, to Fernando Torres` cheese.

Monny told Sky Sports News:

“When his confidence is high he is a player, strong, a handful, and he is now starting to go past players again. The thing that has always been levelled at him is that he has never scored enough goals, and it would be hard for him to say otherwise. But the Emile Heskey I know is the one who thundered past the full-back and made the goal for Wayne Rooney the other day. That is the Emile Heskey I fondly remember.”

Meanwhile, ex-captain fantastic Gareth Barry has been wheeling out the cliché`s when it comes to a slightly more physical side like Wigan. He told the official site:

‘You have to battle, work hard and take your chances when they come your way.
‘But we have a good squad and the confidence levels are high. We believe we can go and get another good result.’


Meanwhile on the flip flop side, Steve Bruce has been waxing lyrical about a team that once upon a time, was his arch rival:

Spud man told Sky Sports News:

“If there’s going to be one team that’s going to break the top four, then for me the team in the best position at the moment is Aston Villa. I’ve been mightily impressed with the job Martin O’Neill’s done, a new owner’s come in and they’ve got a brand-new training ground. Of course, they’ve had some investment on the pitch to help Martin but they do it properly.”

Ever since you screwed up the Blues Steve, you`ve been doing alright in our eyes. You may have convinced Fear, but you are still potato head to me!

FC Wigan Pie Men Team News:

Wigan are expecting to welcome back Emile Heskey following his recovery from an injury to one of his hamstrings!

Worryingly this means that the attacking set up could include Palacios, De Ridder, Heskey and talismanic Egyptian Amr Zaki, fresh from his wonder goal last weekend.

Player to watch: Zaki Hour

The danger man will be hotly contested over come the summer as he proves that he is a considerably better Egyptian than Mido.

Lets hope that Martin Laursen, and whoever may partner him, sit at the top of the pyramid and leave Mr Zaki crying for his mummy.

AVFC Claret & Blues Team News:

Villa are sweating on the fitness of Gabby Agbonlahor, after being whacked by the Ajax goaltender on Thursday night.

They may be sweating; I`m rather more relaxed about it.

John “it wasn`t a strip club honest” Carew may well be set to make a return as well.

Player to watch: John Carew

The 3rd top read story on BBC News at the time of writing this, it will be interesting to see what John Carew does following his lap dancing adventures.

Match Facts & Stats

This weeks musical interlude, simply has to be from Wigan`s most famous magician, er, I mean musician:

Just a shame it ended somewhat swiftly eh?

Vital Villa Matchday Travel
It should be noted that any Midlands based fans intending to go via train, that due to engineering works, your journey between Crewe and Wigan will be on a rail replacement bus.

This has sadly forced me to drive, therefore I will (shock horror) be at a match sober!

Vital Villa Matchday Weather Sponsored by J.Fear`s winter hat collection
BBC weather are suggesting it may well be an ok day for our trip to the North-West. I would personally expect a wee bit of rain, temperatures set to look around the 13 mark.

Wigan striker Amr Zaki comes from the Egpytian town of El Mansoura, which is famous in world circles mostly for the air battle overhead the city in the Yom Kippur war of 1973.

Wigan has a pier, which is nowhere near the water, has no amusements nor is made out of wood. An utter disappointment during my last trip there!

Ref Watch:

We`ve got Mike Jones for this match. No, I haven`t heard of him either however it seems that like me, he`ll be travelling from Cheshire for this one. Mr Jones` last two appointments have been in League Two, with just one Premier League match to date this season.

Match Prediction:

42-0 Villa with Salifou (remember him?) getting all 42 goals.

On a serious note, 2-1Villa!

Next Fixtures:

Next up, Villa are at home midweek against Paul Ince`s Blackburn Rovers.