Let’s say the start to the Championship season has been mixed for Villa. Only one league win and the fans already getting on Steve Bruce’s back. The Cardiff result (3-0 loss) isn’t even looking that bad now considering they’ve won 5 out of 5, scored 10, conceded 2 and are sitting pretty at the top of the table.
September however could be a crucial month in Aston Villa’s season. 5 games that, on paper we should be taking points from each of.
We start at home to Brentford, a team that last season showed us how horrible the Championship can be when you switch off for a matter of moments – our 3-0 loss at Griffin Park in January was abysmal to say the least. They to have had a tough start to the Championship and in the cup, they’ve sold striker Jota to our cross-city neighbours, but have a team that we should be scared of. One thing that I do have to say about Brentford is their leaky defence, they’conceded more than us in the league and only Norwich have conceded more, so maybe this could work in our favour if we play the right way.
We then have a midweek home game (*punches air*) against northerners Middlesbrough. I don’t know what to make of Boro yet, I think they didn’t have the guts for Premier League last season and not sure what they’ll make of the Championship this time round. We haven’t played each other in the league since 08-09 and haven’t beaten them full stop for 10 years. Whatever the result of this one may be, I think it could turn each teams season around; everyone wants to beat us at Villa Park and we desperately need to get some points in the bank and get on a good run of form.
Gestede’s acrobatics from the Forest game last year.
Next up is an away day to Barnsley. Yep, AWAY as in not at Villa Park. Oh and it’s on the telly, basically a recipe for disaster. We went to Oakwell last season and fluffed it 3-1, let’s not hope it’s a repeat of that for starters. Don’t really want to call this one either, but an away win for us would be ideal at this time of the season.
The next game is at home to Forest. Something Sky Sports will love to get their teeth into thanks to both of our European successes in the 70s and 80s. Last season saw a decent 2-2 draw between us with a certain Henri Lansbury denying us the three points at the end of the game. This is a game I would want us to win, as it should see Bruce and his job safe for the season.
Another game we managed to make hard for ourselves next, Burton away. We drew 1-1, but I would expect Villa to win this one, hopefully. I can’t see Burton mounting too much of a challenge for anything other than staying up and it’s games like this that we should be winning comfortably of we want to be in with a chance of the play-offs and promotion.
The month ends with a home game against Bolton. Again, not played them since 2012 and don’t know what to make of this. They may be the leagues newcomers, but they will want to stay in the Championship this season. I expect this to be a game that both teams will want to win, but if we don’t we’d have to take a long hard look at ourselves.
So September, bring it on.
Thanks for reading,