If Leicester City’s build-up to their first ever Champions League knock-out match has been nothing short of dismal - and Sevilla should greatly fancy their chances - it’s worth considering the state that Aston Villa were in at pretty much this exact point 35 years ago. Villa had dropped to 15th in the table by February of the following season, amid ongoing contract issues between director Doug Ellis and manager Ron Saunders. Just a few weeks before the old European Cup was set to resume after its long winter break, with the side due to play a widely-admired Oleh Blokhin-led Dynamo Kyiv, Saunders walked out.
You may remember Danny Higginbotham from his time as a defender at Sunderland, Stoke City, Derby County, and Southampton, but these days he makes his dough as an analyst. You almost certainly remember USMNT right back and speed merchant DeAndre Yedlin, though perhaps not seeing him on your television has limited your intake on his progress since leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Newcastle United. Yedlin’s been very decent for the Magpies, making 23 appearances while providing a goal and five assists. Higginbotham has been impressed, and devoted a good portion of his prematch notes on Newcastle-Aston Villa to the American. From Sky Sports: Yedlin plays almost as a right winger at times. He’s the one