The manager’s reasoning is that Villa have been in Inter Toto Cup action since July 14 — competitive action only a day after our first pre-season friendly.
“For me, Villa are ahead of us,” said Glenn. “They have been playing what I would call proper games, where there has been an edge to them.
“We haven’t and that’s the difficulty of playing pre-season matches. They have been playing proper matches so their edge will be there more than us.
“They’ve made some astute buys, Hadji and Hassan, who I know from Southampton, good buys, Mellberg and Schmeichel. John has been doing his business.
“He’s got talented players and I’ve been an admirer of Dion Dublin and Paul Merson from the England days.
“They will be a threat but first day of the season is always a difficult one to call, you get some strange results and we’ve got to go about our business the proper way.”
Glenn Hoddle has reiterated his belief that Aston Villa will have a head start on us when we kick-off our Premiership opener on Saturday.