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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Aston Villa Vs CSK Moscow UEFA tie preview

Villa take on CSKA Moscow at Villa Park on Wednesday. (1st leg)

1.The Russians have not played competitively since November so they may not be so fit compared to Villa.

2.CSKA has have Brazilian world cup winner Zico taking over Valeri Gazzaev to coach the club. The players will need some time to build an understanding with the new coach.

3.Villa will welcome back Gareth Barry in place of the suspended Steve Sidwell who is suspended for this game.

4.Emile Heskey is still nursing an Achilles tendon injury, meaning John Carew gets another chance to prove himself up front.

5.Curtis Davies and James Milner should also start after recovering from knocks picked up at Goodison.

This is a very evenly match game and the result could turn either way. Villa had been unlucky to have lost to Everton in the Cup match not too long ago. And the loss had snapped their record breaking 7 away consecutive winning streak. Undoubtedly, this would have dented the Villa players morale but Villa are one of the quickest teams in European football at the moment so it will be interesting to see how Zico prepares his side. I am predicting a narrow Villa win 1-0, given the situation of the 2 teams. Definitely an entertaining game where the British speed will be pitted against the Brazilian trickery.