Aston Villa v Fulham: Updates, team news and bouncing back

I wrote before the last match and this week that if we didn't win the match last weekend, it was always about how we bounced back. Well, today is the day and if we don't bounce back with a win, I know what some will say. For me though, it's not about one game, so nothing is changing for me.

But I know for some every half matters. And you know what that's fine. But we're 12 games into a very long season and we're a place and a point behind top six. I'm actually quite happy all things considered.

And all things considered is the important part in that last paragraph. You see, it's not Christmas every weekend and the Easter bunny isn't in the garden hiding chocolate eggs.

But a dominant win with a few goals would be perfect. But I'm not expecting that. But I am putting my money where my mouth is and I am having a little bet that will include us. I just feel as if we are going to bounce back after last weekend, because I still believe we're going to get promoted this season. I mean, things are not that bad and we're within touching distance.

But I'll be back before kick off. It's getting cold here, so going to put the bikes in the little garage. Snow is coming.

Match facts

  • Aston Villa have only lost one of their last 16 home league games against Fulham - a 2-1 Premier League defeat in April 2014.
  • The Whites have won four of their last six league matches against Villa - but were 1-0 losers a year ago thanks to Jonathan Kodjia's late winner.
  • Villa have lost just once in 14 league games at home - of which they are unbeaten in the last eight.
  • Denis Odoi's 96th-minute equaliser against Preston last Saturday was the fourth successive league game in which Fulham have scored a goal in the 85th minute or later.
  • Scott Hogan has had a hand in three goals in three Championship appearances against Fulham (two goals, one assist).
  • Stefan Johansen has created 31 chances for his Fulham teammates this season - more than any other midfielder in the league, but only one has brought a goal.

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