PREVIEW: Aston Villa v Swansea #avfc

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Villa are looking for a fourth consecutive victory. Yes, you read that right. How long ago since we won four on the bounce? Long enough that someone dull will Google it and tell you over a pint this Saturday…

Villa go into the game a new team. Unrecognisable from the side that was listless under Lambert a month ago, we now have pace, guile and most importantly goals in us.

It won’t go un-noticed that 6 points have steadied the ship, but now is not the time to get comfortable. The job is far from done, and if anything, the two victories over West Brom and Sunderland have provided a platform.

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Each game now carries a significance, we are in better shape, but defeat Saturday will invite some unnecessary worry, especially with a challenging April fixture list.

Swansea are an organised unit who have adapted to Premier League survival well. However, they come into the game having scored in only four of their last nine. Further, they don’t appear to have filled the boots left by the departure of Bony to Man City. For me, Gomis looks half the player and threat.

Villa continue to have significant injuries along the back line, with Vlaar, Senderos, Baker and Richardson all injured. Grealish and Hutton do however return from suspensions.

Hutton, arguably our player of the season, faces a challenge in returning tothe starting eleven. Bacuna’s display against Sunderland was sublime and warranted his inclusion in the European team of the week. What Leandro may lack in defensive experience, his crossing ability and pace give us an extra attacking dimension. His two assists for the chance starved Benteke are telling and may sway Sherwood’s thinking.

It’s refreshing going into games with optimism, carrying the threat and knowing we will try to be on the front foot. Also, with Clark, Delph and our forwards finding form, we have more than a fighting chance.

Predictions?

2-0 Villa.

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