Paul Mills writes in response to my ice cream plea:
“Last week, while on holiday in Ullapool, the 4 of us in my household enjoyed an unsurpassable homemade raspberry and elderflower sorbet from the Gelato shop so much, we returned for a repeat order yesterday. The fabulously flame-haired and very friendly ice cream seller took one look at us on entry and said ‘Ah, it’s the sorbet family’. Which is a name we are happy to keep.”
Lovely stuff. And lucky you – Ullapool is beautiful!
Mings does start – confirmation just in. He and the other 21 hopefuls will emerge shortly.
In a quick hop to other news – last-ditch hope for Bury, who are a little over four hours from extinction as things stand?
Tyrone Mings had a little problem in the warm-up there … looks as if he should be OK but if there’s any news to the contrary, I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile, there’s a word you definitely shouldn’t say to Smith. It’s the F word!
Yerry Mina and Richarlison both start today but Silva has had a word in their ears – in English!
Lovely warm evening, isn’t it? I took a little stroll along the canal to Camden before settling down to spend a few hours with you lovely people. In doing so I consumed an ice cream with one scoop marzipan flavour, one scoop mint & cucumber flavour. Respectively I found them a little bit overbearing and a little bit icy/watery. Anyone enjoyed a weird ice cream flavour today?
Told you this one gives us a fuzzy feeling.
“Our goal is to do better than last season, it’s something we must do. It’s too early to talk about the top six or whatever, we have to prove it on the pitch every week.”
“[Moise Kean will start a match] when he shows me in the training sessions that he is ready to, and is in a better moment than the others. We have to give him time. But sometimes a players can be decisive in 30 minutes.”
Villa boss Dean Smith speaks:
“It feels a little bit odd the way we’ve played that we’ve got nothing, but we’re only two games in. Our performances on the whole have been OK without being top performances but we felt we could have got something out of both games.”
“We get talked about as an established club in the Premier League club, probably because of how much we’ve spent, but it was always going to be a rebuild whether we were in the Premier League or the Championship.”
Aston Villa: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, McGinn, Grealish, Jota, Wesley. Subs: Lansbury, Steer, Hourihane, Konsa, El Ghazi, Elmohamady, Davis.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Schneiderlin, Andre Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Holgate, Walcott, Iwobi, Sidibe, Stekelenburg, Davies, Kean.
Guilbert makes his debut for Villa at right-back. Jota also comes in. Schneiderlin gets a start for Everton, whose bench looks decent there, in place of Gbamin – the reason for whose absence is currently unclear.
Friday night football ahoy! And this one’s the equivalent of a cosy evening under a rug with a glass of something nice. It’s Villa v Everton – two familiar, old-world Premier League names, both relatively unthreatening and usually *there*.
Well, that wasn’t quite the case during Villa’s recent stint in the Championship but they’re back now and gunning for mid-table stability in the short term. They haven’t quite looked set for that yet, defeats at Spurs and – more disappointingly – at home to Bournemouth making for an inauspicious start and leading to a few concerned mentions of the “Fulham” word. Villa revamped their squad at great expense over the summer; has it been too much change, too soon?
We might get a better idea when they face an Everton side that are starting to settle down nicely under Marco Silva. It’s not been scintillating, but a single-goal win over Watford and zero-zero at Palace were just fine. They’re eyeing a real shot at the big boys this season and a win tonight would suggest they might have what it takes.
So snuggle up and let’s get into this one. Don’t forget to send in your emails and tweets! Stay tuned for team news and other bits of fun.