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Squad decimation chance for a fresh start"

Aston Villa?s season took another nosedive toward midtable mediocrity at the weekend with a 2-0 defeat to near-neighbours West Bromwich Albion. Dean Smith?s promising start has given way to performances lacking in confidence and uncertainty and...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-19 16:51:12

Report: Villa 0-2 WBA

Aston Villa?s season is all but over after falling to a 2-0 loss at the hands West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park. Two late first-half goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez would be the difference in what was Villa?s ninth loss of the...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-17 19:50:27

Make or break time

Since our last meeting with WBA, Aston Villa have gradually slipped away from the playoff positions. It now could be deemed as make or break time in our season. Following the victory over Swansea on Boxing day, we sat just three points outside of...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-16 12:50:40

The Preview: Villa v WBA

The day has arrived. Aston Villa welcome local rivals West Bromwich Albion to Villa Park. Without wanting to sound negative, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Some fans have already given up on this season while others have described...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-16 12:50:40

REPORT: Brentford 1-0 Villa

Aston Villa fell to their eighth defeat of the season as Dean Smith returned to Griffin Park. A late Neil Maupay goal was the difference as Villa failed to take their chances before the Frenchman struck on the 91st minute. Smith rattled the changes...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-15 08:51:08

The curiosities of Villa’s home form

When Tony Xia took over Aston Villa back in 2016, one of his visions included building a theme park for the club. Whilst those outlandish plans were never likely to come to fruition, Villa Park is nevertheless gaining a reputation for giving...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-13 08:52:32

How do we expect to finish the season"

Many had Aston Villa down as one of the pre-season favourites for promotion from the English Championship. Along with the likes of Stoke City and Leeds United. Among the three of us, Leeds are sitting in the second spot and looking good to go up....
Aston Villa - 2019-02-12 08:51:30

Defining week ahead

Friday’s remarkable 3-3 draw with Sheffield United has left Villa fans feeling mixed emotions in what was only the start of a huge and possibly defining week. Undoubtedly coming from 3-0 down so late on felt like a win, however the previous 80...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-11 08:51:40

REPORT: Villa 3-3 Sheff Utd

Aston Villa retrieved a three-goal deficit in the final ten minutes against Chris Wilder?s Sheffield United, at Villa Park. Tyrone Mings scored on his home debut before Tammy Abraham grabbed his 20th of the campaign. Andre Green then netted his...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-09 12:51:14

PREVIEW: Villa v Sheffield United

Aston Villa will host Sheffield United at Villa Park for tonights live game on Sky Sports Football. A lot has been made about those above us having to come to Villa Park this season. Well, it’s upon us. Its time to step up Villa. There has been a...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-08 08:51:32

The Defensive Debate

Dean Smith signed Tyrone Mings on transfer deadline to strengthen the defence. He also chose to recall Tommy Elphick from his loan spell at Hull giving him 7 defensive options. I am not saying that all 7 defenders are good enough but it is nice to...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-07 08:52:10

Grealish close to return

Jack Grealish is close to returning to first team action for Aston Villa. John Percy reported in the Telegraph this evening that Grealish is hoping to return for the away match against Stoke City on February 23rd. Our talisman has been missing...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-06 08:50:39

REPORT: Reading 0-0 Villa

Aston Villa could take only a point away from their trip to the Madejski. Reading goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez prevented a first away win for Dean Smith?s men since Boxing Day. James Chester?s persisting knee problem ruled him out of the tie. So...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-03 12:51:48

PREVIEW: Reading away

Dean Smith will be hoping his side can build on their recent win over Ipswich with another against Reading. Time is really beginning to run out for Villa who still have hopes of making the playoffs this season. Villa sit 10th in the Championship,...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-02 12:51:42

Transfer window summary

Aston Villa was quite active in the January transfer window, having made five signings. The question everyone is asking is, will it change our fortunes and give us an extra boost" I will summarise the five signings by their cost price (according...
Aston Villa - 2019-02-01 19:51:46

Mings arrives as four depart

It has been a pretty busy transfer deadline day for Aston Villa so far. The rumour that has been rumbling for a few days was made official today when Tyrone Mings completed his move to Villa from Bournemouth. The 25-year-old has arrived on loan...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-31 19:51:41

Who makes way for Grealish"

There is no doubt in any Villa Fans’ mind that, for the most part, Jack Grealish is our best and most effective player. We have seen a dip in the quality of our performances, all since Jack was ruled out injured. Some Villans would argue that we...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-31 08:50:55

Does Hourihane really deserve scapegoating"

Aston Villa?s 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town at the weekend hasn?t been enough to halt much of the criticism that seems to be sweeping through social media at the moment. One man at the centre of this criticism seems to be Conor Hourihane. Dean...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-29 19:51:52

Tammy Abraham – The talented youngster

Tammy Abraham is one of the hottest young English properties right now. The young Chelsea striker has been terrorising opponents ever since he joined their academy and these days he is no different. In fact, his progress in recent years has made...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-28 19:51:32

Vital week ahead for Smith

Thursday brings down the curtain on the latest transfer window, meaning the next four days are Dean Smith’s last chance to add to the squad ahead a huge and somewhat vital ending to the 2018-19 campaign. The playoff final heartbreak of last...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-27 16:52:14

REPORT: Villa 2-1 Ipswich

Aston Villa claimed a home win after failing to register three points at Villa Park in six previous attempts. Tammy Abraham?s 18th and 19th goals of the season helped to see off bottom club Ipswich. With another injury forcing Andre Green out of...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-27 19:51:58

PREVIEW: Ipswich at home

Paul Lambert return’s to Villa Park today with his Ipswich Town side almost four years after departing. Dean Smith will be hoping he and his Aston Villa side can get one up on a former manager. We all know about Lambert’s tenure at Villa Park....
Aston Villa - 2019-01-26 12:53:56

January options

Over the course of January, I have looked at the rumours surrounding potential transfers involving Villa. We are now entering the final week of the winter transfer window and Villa has only signed two players to date. We keep talking about it on...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-25 08:52:24

Time for Green to step up

With Congo international Yannick Bolasie cutting his loan short, it gives the opportunity for Andre Green to step up. Different outlets have reported didn’t things regarding the reason behind the loan deal being cut short. Some have reported that...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-24 08:52:55

Arter would be a good deal

Over the weekend it was revealed that Aston Villa have an interest in bringing Harry Arter to Aston Villa. The Irish Independent claim that the midfielder could cut his loan short at Cardiff and return to Bournemouth. Villa and Watford are said to...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-22 08:51:35

Lessons to learn from Bolasie deal

Yannick Bolasie’s loan agreement with Aston Villa was surprisingly terminated on Monday afternoon. The DR Congo international has returned to his parent club, Everton. Bolasie was seen as a massive coup by the majority of supporters upon his...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-22 19:51:48

Villa 2-2 Hull

The Championship?s in-form side, Hull City held Aston Villa to a 2-2 draw at Villa Park. The hosts came back from a losing position with goals coming from former Tiger James Chester and Tammy Abraham?s got his 17th of the season. Dean Smith...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-20 19:51:56

PREVIEW: Hull City at home

Dean Smith and his Aston Villa side will welcome Hull City to Villa Park for tomorrow’s Championship clash. Villa will be hoping for a much better performance than the one we witnessed against Wigan last weekend. Smith described the game as his...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-19 08:51:57

The Rumour mill: Part 2

Another week has passed in the transfer window and more and more players continue to be linked with a move to Aston Villa. Here is a breakdown of some stories in the rumour mill during the last seven days. I give you my take on whether I think they...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-17 19:51:53

Desperate for Grealish return.

Jack Grealish suffered a nasty knock to his shin in the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion and hasn’t been seen since. It has become more clear with every passing game just how important Grealish is to us. Without Jack, it is clear to see that...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-16 19:52:10

The true state of the squad

It has been far from a happy new year for Aston Villa. Back-to-back 3-0 defeats have chiselled away at the optimism that Dean Smith?s initial impact had built. Villa fans, unfortunately, hold somewhat of a reputation for getting on the manager?s...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-15 19:52:06

REPORT: Wigan 3-0 Villa

Aston Villa are now winless in four after taking a thrashing in Lancashire. They lost 3-0 to Paul Cook?s Wigan Athletic, the bottom side in the Championship form table. Since last weeks FA cup embarrassment, Dean Smith chose to involve both Yannick...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-13 16:51:52

PREVIEW: Wigan Athletic away

Aston Villa will make the 89 mile trip up the M6 to take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. Dean Smith will be hoping his side can pick up the first victory in three in all competitions. Each month seems to be a big one for Villa this season but...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-12 16:52:24

The rumour mill

Ten days have passed in the January transfer window and the rumour mill is currently in overdrive, as you would expect. I am going to discuss some of those rumours and explain why some intrigue me more than others. Romain Sawyers I will start with...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-10 19:52:16

Dean Smith interview takings

One of the many impressive elements that have impressed me since Dean Smith’s appointment is how he conducts himself in interviews. He arrived in B6 with a glowing reference from those who had previously met him during his career. Those who have...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-10 08:51:28

Maupay isn’t the answer

If the remainder of January continues as the beginning has started, then Aston Villa are in for an eventful transfer window. Manager Dean Smith would undoubtedly like to strengthen a squad which is patchy at best defensively. However, it may be at...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-07 19:51:53

REPORT: Villa 0-3 Swansea

Aston Villa fell at the first hurdle of the FA Cup for the third successive season. Swansea City ran rampant at Villa Park, defeating a hapless Villa side 3-0. Dean Smith made six alterations to the side that faltered against QPR four days prior....
Aston Villa - 2019-01-06 12:51:33

FA Cup Preview: Swansea at home

They say that the FA Cup is all about dreams. Aston Villa meets Swansea City for the third time this season and will be hoping to make it three wins on the bounce. Can we win the FA Cup outright" Probably not but in the words of Ron Saunders, do...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-05 12:53:02

FA Cup chances

In recent years, the FA Cup, rightly or wrongly, has become an opportunity for those not getting regular first team football. It also represents a game which means we can test the metal of our potential stars. Dean Smith will be well aware that...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-05 12:53:02

Full-backs needed

Yesterday, Sam Burnett discussed on this website about how important the transfer window is this month. We all know just how desperate the back four, or five if you want to include the goalkeeper require big changes. The full-back positions are one...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-05 08:53:12

Big January needed.

It feels like it has been said a lot this season. At the end of each month, we approach the next one knowing that the new month would be important to our season. January is no different. It is big for Aston Villa’s season. After what has been 2...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-03 12:52:01

Time to phase out cult hero

The latest result (Villa 2-2 QPR) means that Villa has shared the spoils in five of the last eight matches. Worryingly, we threw the lead away in four of those games. Add in the capitulation against Leeds and it’s crystal clear that defensively,...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-02 19:51:51

REPORT: Villa 2-2 QPR

Aston Villa has now lost 23 points from losing positions this season after QPR took a point from Dean Smith?s men in a 2-2 draw at Villa Park. Tammy Abraham?s 15th and 16th goals of the season weren?t enough to claim what would have been only a...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-02 19:51:51

PREVIEW: QPR at home

Aston Villa will start 2019 with a Championship fixture against QPR at Villa Park today. Dean Smith will be hoping for an improvement on recent performances and a return to winning ways on home soil. Villa has failed to pick up a win at Villa Park...
Aston Villa - 2019-01-01 12:51:50

REPORT: Preston 1-1 Villa

Aston Villa ended 2018 with a point at against Preston at Deepdale. An Ahmed Elmohamady own-goal cancelled out Tammy Abraham?s first-time strike. A late chance for Birkir Bjarnason was however squandered, costing the away side another two points on...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-30 12:52:28

Villa in numbers vs. 2017/18

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw away to Preston North End marked the end of Aston Villa’s 2018. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year with an incredible January and an eventual playoff spot. Undoubtedly the lows came in the forms of the playoff final...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-30 19:53:19

Elphick’s return

The transfer window is now just a few days away and we currently have a defence with the stability of a chocolate kettle. Manager Dean Smith will know he needs to sort it out. It remains a mystery as to why Steve Bruce thought it was a good idea to...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-28 16:52:01

PREVIEW: Preston away

Aston Villa will make the 109 mile trip up the M6 to play their final game of 2018, against Preston North End. Villa returned to winning ways in their 1-0 victory over Swansea on Boxing day. Dean Smith will be hoping they can build on this and make...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-28 19:51:32

REPORT: Swansea 0-1 Villa

Aston Villa got back to winning ways in Wales, defeating Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty on Boxing Day. Conor Hourihane?s second goal in as many games stole all the points from Graham Potter?s men with thanks to Orjan Nyland?s late penalty save to...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-27 12:51:40

RATINGS: Leeds United

Aston Villa suffered their first defeat at Villa Park under Dean Smith to Leeds United. They threw a 2-0 lead away to lose 3-2 with the last kick of the game. See how we rated the starting XI: Orjan Nyland – 5 It goes without saying that...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-24 12:51:37

REPORT: Villa 2-3 Leeds

Dean Smith tasted defeat at Villa Park for the first time, as Marcelo Bielsa?s Leeds United dashed hopes of a top-two finish. After the hosts threw away a two-goal advantage, Kemar Roofe?s strike in the final stages won all the spoils for the top of...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-24 12:51:37

PREVIEW: Leeds at home

Aston Villa welcomes Leeds United to Villa Park for the last game at Villa Park of 2018. The game is already being regarded as a 6-pointer by some Villa fans so a lot rides on the outcome. Villa have drawn their last two Championship games and drew...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-22 12:52:01

Who replaces Grealish"

The footballing world has long known the talent and ability of Jack Grealish. Aston Villa has come to rely heavily on their talisman but what happens when he is unavailable" Those who don’t watch Villa on a weekly basis will probably fail to...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-21 12:51:58

Kalinic signs but who is he"

Aston Villa have today announced the signing of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic. He is Dean Smith’s first signing as Villa boss and has reportedly cost Villa around £5.5million. The goalkeeper has signed a 5-year deal and will officially join the club...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-21 19:53:27

Possible January losses

Christmas is less than a week away but for football fans, the excitement is also set to begin. The January transfer window opens in a little over a week. Just like every transfer window, there will be plenty of speculation, good and bad. The...
Aston Villa - 2018-12-21 16:51:56
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