Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has warned his team to prepare for an aerial bombardment against high-flying Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.
On the back of a run of eight consecutive home wins, Sam Allardyce's side have once again soared to sixth in the Premiership table, the quarter finals of the Carling Cup and towards the next stage of the Uefa Cup.
Bolton stand for an example of what any supposed Premiership 'also rans' are capable of at this level and, in his six years at the helm at the Reebok, Brierley Hill-born Sam Allardyce has done it all on a remarkably low budget.
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But they have their critics, for their supposedly physical side to the game and a reliance on the aerial route to goal. And O'Leary, who appears resigned to being without the injured Kevin Phillips in his attack, has warned centre halves Olof Mellberg and Liam Ridgewell that they could be in for a busy afternoon.
"They're a big, strong, physical team," said O'Leary. "But any team who's done well against Bolton in the past is one who has had two centre halves playing well.
"It's one touch, bang-itupthere stuff. That's the way they play, and you've got to concentrate until the 94th minute. If you give a throw-in or free kick away, they'll keep you under pressure.
"Sam's been there for so many years now he's been able to get everybody he wants and has been able to shape his team.
"Three years ago they were fighting relegation, but now they've got some momentum going. And this is probably the best side he's had because he's had that amount of time available to him to do it.
"He's got an effective unit, and the be all and end all is getting it in the box. If your defenders don't win that first header, you're in trouble."
O'Leary is even considering drafting in Eirik Bakke to his midfield to help counter Bolton's aerial power.
That would allow him to give young Steven Davis a much-needed rest. But his other option is simply to use Bakke as an extra midfielder and, in Phillips' absence, play Milan Baros as a lone striker.
But, whatever his tactics, O'Leary is confident in the knowledge that he has taken on Allardyce successfully in the past.
Although Villa were walloped 5-2 at the Reebok that awful night in the League Cup semi-final two seasons ago, O'Leary has not seen his side lose to Bolton in five Premiership meetings.
"We got done that night in the semi-final," he said. "But we gave them a good one down here and our league form against them has been very good.
"You've really got to compete but we got a response from the players against Sunderland immensely, Charlton immensely and Newcastle immensely and we'll need it double immensely against this lot.
"Anything in their half they can throw it in your box. And if we're not playing well and winning headers, then we'll be totally dominated."
O'Leary does admit to a slight concern about how young Liam Ridgewell will cope after the trauma of conceding a freakish four penalties in five games. But he also backs the England Under-21 defender to come through it.
"I just hope his luck changes," said O'Leary. "He's only a young lad and I can't protect him because I've got nobody else to put in
"He's a great character, though and I admire him for the way he's kept going."
The one big down side is that Phillips, who scored after just four minutes in the 2-2 campaign opener with Bolton at Villa Park back in August, looks likely to miss out following his training ground ankle injury.
"It's not a major scare," said O'Leary. "There's no ligament damage. But he's in grave danger of missing the game on Saturday."