This is the first in a series of Â´Behind Enemy LinesÂ´ were we ask an opposition fanÂ´s opinion on the upcoming game. First up, as we have Aston Villa on Saturday, is the wonderfully named Paul Rideout.
1) Hi Rides, Welcome to GrandOldTeam, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Paul Rideout , IÂ´ve just turned 30 and I live in Bournemouth. I have played semi professional football for 13 years and have a massive passion for the game.
2) How did you come to support Aston Villa?
Its a bit of a strange one, as my old man and twin brother both support (dirty) Leeds United. I guess I didnÂ´t want to be Â´forcedÂ´ into supporting a team and I also didnÂ´t want to opt for a top team to avoid being tagged a glory supporter ! I simply closed my eyes , hovered my finger above the last year of the old 1st division 1991/1992 and selected the mighty Villa ! We then came 2nd in the inaugural Premier league season 92/93 get in!
3) What do you make of new manager Paul Lambert?
IÂ´m genuinely excited by his appointment. ItÂ´s a massive boost in comparison with Alex Mcleish, who even before his Birmingham ties, i didnÂ´t rate as a manager. Lambert plays the right way, weÂ´ll have a lot more possession and should see a lot more goals too.
4) What are your expectations for the season?
In Lamberts first year, I can honestly say all I want to see is a more positive, attractive way of playing . It may sound negative but for his opening year IÂ´d take a decent cup run and a top 10 finish.
5) The transfer window is still open, any more business to be done by Lambert?
I am pretty sure he is finished in the market , and I think he has brought well. We have a perfect mix of experience and youth, which is essential. Personally, and i know they are few and far between, IÂ´d like another goal scorer to take the pressure off Darren Bent, and IÂ´d love to see him make a move Michael Owen.
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6) Which Villa players should Everton be worried about?
Brett Holman has had a good pre season, he is a tidy , energetic player, but IÂ´d say the obvious danger man would be Bent. Top defenders like Jagielka and Baines can keep him quiet for 89 minutes but you know he can pop up with a goal at any time.
7) Now onto Everton, what memories do you have of Everton as a club?
My immediate thoughts go to Evertons FA Cup Final win in 95Â´ Vs United. Mostly because of my namesakes winning goal after Graeme Stuarts shot had cannoned off the bar . Also when I think of Everton what springs to mind (all be it on a very large scale) is it is a local, family club which always seems to have a great passion and spirit within the team
8) Who do you rate as EvertonÂ´s dangermen?
Firstly IÂ´d say Felaini is the main threat, he seems to be a nuisance wherever Moyes plays him -mainly because of his aerial ability, but he is only a threat due to the quality service he gets , and in Leighton Baines I feel if you can get near him and stop him from playing , then you can reduce the impact Felaini has.
9) You have a spare £20 in your arse pocket and you have to bet on this weekends match, what is your score prediction and first goalscorer?
IÂ´d normally avoid betting on this fixture as it is normally very un-predictable , but as its only a question IÂ´d go for a low scoring game and villa to win 1-0 with Darren Bent to notch!
10) And finally, what are your feelings on Pineapple on Pizza?
Pineapple on pizza is a ruined pizza, and I can live with that, but being a southerner I feel much more strongly with gravy on chips and very happy you didnÂ´t ask that as there would have been plenty of expletives !!