Preview: Aston Villa (v) Huddersfield Town – Intriguing tie awaits under the lights of Villa Park.

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Well who would have thought it?  If you’re anything like the Villa Underground you strolled away from Villa Park on Saturday, basking wildly in our first victory in over 6 months.

It was either a walk of renewed belief…or just outright relief.

After a shaky start at Hillsborough and a decidedly rancid performance at Luton Town, the 3-0 victory over Rotherham couldn’t have come sooner.

Tuesday evening’s entertainment see’s Huddersfield Town come to Villa Park.  

Villa will be crossing paths with a few sides this term whom we know little or nothing about.  Some supporters maybe vaguely remember their last appearance in B6 in 1987, drawing 1-1 in our promotion season, and fewer still will recall our last defeat to the visitors suffered in 1969.

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More historically, one of Villa’s seven FA Cup wins came against Huddersfield.  A 50,000 strong crowd watched the sides do battle at Stamford Bridge.  A Villa side featuring historic names such as Billy Walker and Frank Barson (infamously banned for 7 months), were ultimately victorious with an injury time winner courtesy of Billy Kirton.

Things all seem very different this time around for sure.

Whilst The Championship permits a little time for settling in, given the amount of games alone, it also favours those who can build momentum.

Momentum is not an attribute easily associated with Villa in recent years.

Therefore a consecutive win, indeed, a second in a matter of days could reap untold rewards for our season, even at this early stage.

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The visitors arrive in town with a 100% league record.  After a “narrow” opening day victory over Brentford (BBC’s words not mine…they had 16 shots…) – The Terrier’s followed it up with a #Rafalution busting victory at St. James’ Park.

Whilst this blog has never hidden how hilarious Newcastle United are – this was an impressive victory for Huddersfield – with the Geordie’s only reply being a follow up goal to a saved penalty.

The only disappointing result would be their exit from the League Cup at the hands of Shrewsbury last week, but we could hardly pass comment on that now could we?

Predictions:

Buoyed by renewed belief on the pitch and in the stands, I smell a victory.  Surely not twice in a week?  Kicking and screaming towards the asylum?  That’s me.

2-0 to Villa.

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