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Match day preview.

Apologies for the short post but running a bit short of time today.
I think we approach tonights game with a definite air of expectation to be honest and the bookies evidently share this feeling with us 8/11 favourites whilst Villa are out at 100/30. Our form has been on the whole consistent this season, and when we have had a setback we have recovered well so it should be an ideal opportunity to put the Arsenal disappointment behind us.
Team wise, Cole and Thatcher are believed to be in the frame to return and I would expect Cole to definitely start alongside Vassell - who of course is facing his old side tonight. Richard Dunne, Nedum Onouha and Claudio Reyna will miss out though.
For Villa, they are hit by injuries to a few key players with Milan Baros, Wilfried Bouma, Lee Hendrie and Aaron Hughes all missing.
Recent history is also generally on our side against Villa, with us doing the double over them last season and winning the last three corresponding fixtures.
A win tonight will take us back into the Champions league positions and I take us to do that with a margin of 2-0.