Quite proud of that title !
So the first game of the US tour starts at 12.30 tonight when many of us will be tucked away in bed. I stand to be corrected but I also do not think that this is on any available broadcast media on TV. It is on AVTV as a commentary of course.
This is almost the full squad and for some players like Collins, Ireland, Warnock, N’Zogbia this is a tour that may well decide their future at Villa. after a decent run out on Saturday and some days in the heat it gives Lambert further chances to try out different combinations. Personally I would like to see Gabby and Bent be given a start with N’Zogbia and Holman either side in a basic 442 and see if it that can work.
There is no doubt that the players are being worked hard and the pre season schedule is quite full. With a smallish squad still every player should get at least 45 minutes in this tour to show Lambert if they have what he requires. Guzan makes a welcome return to the Villa goal and it is clear that Given is going to be give a big challenge to start the season.
As usual the result nor performances will not matter that much as of course Phily are in their season so many players will be rested or lightly used.