Just about to settle down and watch Fulham’s opponents on Sunday afternoon, Aston Villa, against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League at Villa Park.
A decent opportunity to take a look at Villa ahead of our return to Premier League action at the weekend. We’ll be travelling to Birmingham in good heart after our success in Russia tonight and hopefully we’ll be welcoming a few of key players back into the side. Perhaps Danny Murphy might be available again after Ricardo Carvalho’s studs caused him to miss the second leg.
Regardless of whether the skipper makes it back, Roy Hodgson will have the option of fielding his new signings. Kagisho Dikgacoi will be keen to get a taste of English football after completing his move from Golden Arrows (international clearance permitting) although I suspect he might have to wait for his opportunity. Jonathan Greening, no stranger to the Midlands, might step into the engine room as well.
There’s plenty of danger in the Villa side as well. It looks John Carew, once a Fulham transfer target a few years ago, has returned to fitness and he might be partnering Emile Heskey, as he is tonight. Then there’s the likes of Petrov and Ashley Young to keep quiet. It certainly won’t be easy.