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3 reasons Aston Villa should stick with Steve Bruce

Aston Villa were one of the favourites to get promoted from the Championship this season, but their start has certainly not shown any signs of a team that will be challenging at the top end of the table come May next year.

Despite only winning 1 of their last 5, Villa are unbeaten in 4, as they have drawn their last 3 matches. Tuesday nights 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough had some fans questioning whether Steve Bruce was the correct candidate as manager, and we take a look at reasons as to why Aston Villa should stick with him.

Vast experience – Bruce has taken the likes of Birmingham City and Hull City up out of the championship and into the Premier League, showing he clearly has the knowledge of what is needed on the pitch to get a club promoted.

In his tenure at Hull City, he led the club to the Premier League in his first season in charge and then kept Hull up, in there first season back in the top flight. The following season they were relegated back to the Championship, before in 2016 he led the club back to the Premier League after beating Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off finals at Wembley.

Attraction of quality players – Over the years he has been able to attract big names to the clubs he has worked at and Aston Villa has been no different, as this summer he lured former Chelsea captain John Terry to the club.

The attraction of big players has helped Bruce in the past as he has had plenty of success at clubs he has been at. The players he has bought in have been names he has been able to rely on and also have gelled well as a group and given time at Villa Park, I think it will be the same.

Solid Defensively – When Bruce was promoted with Hull City the club won 24 games that season and kept 18 clean sheets, showing that he builds his teams on solid defensive foundations.

If he can find the correct formula at the back for Villa, there is no reason why the club can’t go on a run of clean sheets and wins and push themselves up the league table. With that in mind the club have kept back to back clean sheets in their last two matches and look to have become difficult to break down, something which will impress Bruce.

Aston Villa fans do you agree that Steve Bruce should be kept on as manager and he is the right man to take you back to the Premier League? Let us know in the comments section…

Top four games from tonight’s EFL games

With there being no Premier League action tonight with The Champions League taking over we thought we should highlight the top four games from England’s three professional leagues in action.

 

Aston Villa VS Middlesbrough 

Two former Premier League big boys face off tonight as Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa welcome Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough. Aston Villa have had a rocky start to the season as they sit in 18th place with just six points after three draws and one win from their opening six games. Middlesbrough are in the last play off spot on ten points after a solid start for Monk and The Riverside. The game will be tight and for that reason I’m predicting a 1-1 draw which will be a better result for Middlesbrough.

 

QPR VS Millwall

It’s a London derby tonight as Championship new boys Millwall travel to former Premier League club QPR. Millwall have had a tough start to the season as they only have five points from six games but as we know anything can happen in a derby. Millwall striker Tom Elliott is a doubt for the Lions after suffering an injury in training on Friday. QPR have started the season well and QPR boss Ian Holloway hasn’t lost a match against Millwall since November 2000, when his Bristol Rovers side went down 2-1 – on the scoresheet for the Lions that day was current boss Neil Harris. My prediction is 3-1 to QPR.

 

Charlton Athletic VS Wigan Athletic

It’s the battle the Athletics as Charlton host Wigan in what should be a thrilling match down in League One. Charlton are flying high in League One as they lie in second place and a win could see them go top. Karl Robinson’s side are on a roll. They look dangerous when going forward and could really hurt this Wigan side. Wigan will be hoping that they go straight back up to The Championship this season and a win at The Valley would place them well for the season. My prediction is 3-2 to Charlton as they have too much going forward.

 

Forest Green Rovers VS Lincoln City

The two new clubs in the EFL meet tonight as Forest Green Rovers host last seasons FA Cup heroes Lincoln City. Cultural club Forest Green have been making headlines recently  with their new eco-friendly stadium and vegan food menu. However, they have struggled since coming up to League Two via the National League play-offs and find themselves in 22nd place on just four points. In contrast Lincoln have had as good a start as they could’ve hoped for with nine points from six games leaving them in 11th place. The game should be a fiercely contested game but I predict that Forest Green will com out 2-1 winners.

 

Do you agree with my predictions? Are you going to a match tonight? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

 

 

Is football for the fans anymore?

It’s been a crazy summer for football this year with some crazy numbers coming from the amount that clubs have spent with Neymar and Mbappe etc. The money from the new Premier League television rights deal is well and truly coming to fruition with Premier League spending and revenues on the up. Even in the Championship spending has increased with Wolves paying 14 million pounds for Ruben Neves (just one player!)

 

With all of this money you would think that this would benefit English fans who follow their teams week in week out right? It couldn’t be more wrong as the price of season tickets are going up and kick off times for matches are set to change for an international audience.

 

So this begs the question do clubs really care about their local fans who pay their money to support them through the good and the bad times?

 

The answer to that question has to be a no. English clubs are charging a monumental amount of money to go to football matches and even when they are there the cost of food and drink is extortionate.

 

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are the only exception from that statement as their cheapest season ticket comes in at just 175 pounds which is amazing considering the start they have had. In reality Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket comes in at just over 1000 pounds. That is a ridiculous amount of money to expect from a working class fan base.

 

Even in League One Bradford City fans were charged 28 pounds at Peterborough for a pay on the gate match. 28 Pounds for an away game in League One is scandalous and shows the director that English Football has taken.

 

On top of the prices clubs have all gone into the corporate fan bases which gives people the opportunities that most fans can’t afford. An example of this is Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club which offers people the chance to meet players and get up close and personal with the management team in exchange for a hefty price. City have alienated their fan base by taking opportunities away from their traditional working class fanbase and giving them to people who can afford to pay for the privilege. It’s not just Man City who are guilty of this as it can be seen up and down the country.

 

I’m not saying that the people who go to matches in corporate hospitality are wrong because they have paid for the service and fair play to them. Whats wrong is that most English clubs no longer see their traditional fan bases as the most important.

 

Another example can be taken from the recently named Carabao Cup. The third round draw for the competition took place live from China at 4:15 AM (GMT) meaning most British fans were sleeping when their teams draw took place. A spokesman for the FSF said: “In our 2017 national supporters’ survey fans expressed increasing frustration at instances of overseas audiences apparently being prioritised over domestic supporters. Holding the draw in Beijing at that time can only increase the sense of disconnection many domestic fans feel.”

 

Do you think that English Football is losing touch with its fans and becoming corporatised? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

 

Sunderland should look to sign this experienced striker

Sunderland were a team that many thought might be in the mix for promotion this season, but have started the campaign by picking up 5 points out of a possible 15 and lie in 19th place in the Championship.

Simon Grayson has bought in no fewer than 9 new faces to the Stadium of Light to help the ‘Black Cats’ try and achieve promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but it appears that those signings are going to take some time to gel.

The club bought in striker James Vaughan on a permanent deal from Bury and Lewis Grabben on loan from Bournemouth, but with the club only scoring 5 goals in their opening 5 fixtures in the league it would appear that they may need to add some extra firepower to their squad.

With this in mind the club should turn to Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack.

Ross McCormack – The versatile Scotsman has found himself on the fringes of the Aston Villa squad, appearing just once this season in the EFL cup. Having made a big money move last season to Villa Park from Fulham he struggled for form only finding the back of the net on 4 occasions.

Despite only finding the back of the net on a few occasions last season, McCormack has scored plenty of goals throughout his career, with his most prolific spell coming at Leeds United where he scored 53 goals. He can also play out wide on the left wing which would give Simon Grayson another option, and should he make the move to Sunderland he could prove to be a very good signing for the ‘Black Cats’.

Sunderland fans would you like to see Ross McCormack at your club? Let us know in the comments below…