Villa take a sizeable 6000 away contingent this evening to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Quite impressive for a Friday night fixture in London, but equally perhaps a nod to the fact the game is neither televised and Villa’s rare progression in the competition.
This is an interesting fixture, as whilst Chelsea have taken time to settle under high-profile boss Mauricio Pochettino, their recent 6-0 league cup thumping of Middlesbrough serves as a reminder of their potency.
Chelsea’s 9th Premier League position underlines their inconsistency in the league in the first third of the campaign. However, the studious will have noted that they have recently edged ahead of Villa in the form table over the last 6 games. The tide is turning for them perhaps.Embed from Getty Images
For many Villa fans, this season’s league form has set a benchmark for expectations. It has been an unprecedented turnaround spearheaded by Unai Emery. The challenge will of course to maintain momentum and temper a growing sense of what might be amongst a fanbase that craves success.
There is of course the allure of the FA Cup which we have come close to on at least 2 occasions in the modern era. It would be pleasing to banish a curse now dating back to 1957. It’s also now a trophy that seldom few supporters can say they have seen us win. Maybe 2024 will be the year?
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