The grandest o’ them all"
A brief preview for the moment, to be expanded this evening. For our first home pre-season friendly we welcome the return of Dean Smith and his Vile team. There’s no knowing, of course, how strong a side he will play - and if our other games so far are anything to go by, Darrell Clarke will probably field two entirely different set-ups either side of half-time.
Villa have played a couple of pre-season games:-
18th July Minnesota United (A) Won 0-3
21st July Shrewsbury Town (A) Won 0-1
Dean Smith has been busy in the transfer market during the close season, with nine players signed so far and rumours of more to come. Anwar el Ghazi and Jota are the wingers to watch, and Trezeguet’s arrival is reportedly impending.
Darrell Clarke is still saying that he is looking to recruit three or four more players, so it’s still a case of “watch this space”.
If Villa do put out something approaching their first-choice XI this will obviously be our strongest test in the run-up to the new season. A prediction of a Saddlers’ 2-0 win is very tempting, but realistically somewhat impractical…