It is finally upon us. The sleeping giants are back. Aston Villa are back in the big time. The Premiership. It only seems 5 minutes ago since we were beaten 4-0 against Arsenal in our last Premiership game. Yet, it seems we were in the Championship for far too long. Three years too long to be precise.
Enough of that anyway. This is a much different Aston Villa to the one that got relegated. We have new owners, new coaching staff, new players and most importantly new belief. Despite the confidence, we are not stupid. Villa fans have learnt to bat off criticism from rival fans and the media with witty cockiness. Most would except a 17th place finish at the end of the season but as our manager says, let’s aim high and see what happens. We as Villa fans are going to enjoy the ride and why shouldn’t we, just like we can enjoy playing casino games at the mobile casino.
Tottenham fans see us as one of their bogey sides as Declan told us when he spoke to avillafan earlier this week. From my point of view that counts for nothing. Tottenham is a top-four side and has been on a regular basis of late. But that isn’t to say that we don’t believe we can go to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and get something and get something like we can get and win when we play online poker at newzealandcasinos.nz. We believe again and why shouldn’t we?
James Chester will be the only player who will not be available to select. The Welsh defender is still struggling with a hamstring injury he picked up in pre-season.
Otherwise, Dean Smith could hand debuts to a number of players including Tom Heaton, Matt Targett, Jota and Trezeguet.
Tottenham will be without Dele Alli and new signing Ryan Sessegnon who both have hamstring injuries. Ben Davis will also miss out with a groin injury. Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth both have suspensions.
WHAT DID THE MANAGERS SAY
As I have already touched upon, Smith has stated that his ambition is more than just survival this season:
“My ambition is not to just stay up. It’s not a positive message to give out, to just survive”
“We go to win every game, whether it’s Spurs, Chelsea or Manchester United away. That’s my mentality. The players have bought into that.” he said in the clubs pre-match press conference.
“I’ve been really impressed with Mauricio Pochettino and what he’s done in the Premier League. They’ve improved each year and have now really started dipping into the market. It’s a real big challenge for us this first game. But we don’t fear it, we go to try and win.”
Despite a few murmurs during the summer, Mauricio Pochettino has said he is ready with his squad going into the new season.
He told the official Tottenham website: “I’m a happy man, always optimistic. I told you from the beginning of pre-season that I was happy with the squad and the way we were playing,”
“The ambition is always to win and after almost tasting the glory and unbelievable nights in the Champions League, the aim is to try to win a trophy.
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Away Guide: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tickets: 3,000. Sold out.