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Villa to return to the Scottish market

The transfer window will open in a little over a month so there is no real surprise that the rumour mill is starting to pick up. Aston Villa dipped into the Scottish market in the summer when they purchased John McGinn from Hibernian. Are they about...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-20 16:56:13

Judgement Day

Before the International break, Villa enjoyed an emphatic victory over Derby County, which let’s be honest, surprised a lot of us. With the club football close to returning many people across the City will be turning their attention to...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-19 19:56:52

An Effective Midfield"

In my previous articles, I have spoken about different areas of the pitch. Last week we took a look at just how important Axel Tuanzebe was becoming for Dean Smith. This week I will focus purely on our midfield. If any team in football are to...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-19 12:57:19

Villa Park WILL remain

Last week, aside from the fantastic performance at Pride Park which saw Aston Villa run out 3-0 winners against Derby County, there were numerous reports regarding the possibility of the new owners re-naming Villa Park. One outlet even went as far...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-15 08:51:52

Time for Bolasie

In the summer window, Aston Villa managed to capture the signature of highly rated Everton winger Yannick Bolasie. We beat reported competition from Premier League and rival Championship clubs such as Middlesbrough for his services. But the Congo...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-15 08:51:52

What the Derby result represented for Villa

It’s likely you’re reading this in the week after Aston Villa?s emphatic 3-0 demolition job of Derby County. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably still buzzing from it as well. Villa went up against a bang in-form Ram?s side on their...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-14 08:50:22

REPORT: Derby 0-3 Villa

Aston Villa won their first away game since September, thrashing Derby 3-0 at Pride Park. Two goals from midfield, including a Conor Hourihane pearler and John McGinn?s second of the season put Villa in control. Abraham got his fifth of the...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-11 16:57:11

RATINGS: Derby away

Aston Villa picked up their second away win of the season with a 3-0 thrashing over Derby County. It was clear that Villa had started to play the Dean Smith way. They were playing to their strengths and playing attacking, creative football. The...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-11 16:57:11

PREVIEW: Derby County away

Aston Villa will make the relatively short journey to the East Midlands to take on Derby County at Pride Park. Dean Smith will be hoping to pick up his first away Villa as Villa boss following defeats to Norwich and QPR on the road. A lot has been...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-10 12:53:45

The Impact of Tuanzebe at Centre Back

It could be argued that the decision to not play Axel Tuanzebe in his natural position at centre back, was the catalyst for Steve Bruce losing his job. Bruce continued to mystify fans by not playing the on-loan defender in his natural position. He...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-08 08:56:12

Magical McGinn

Before Steve Bruce became the latest Aston Villa manager to be axed, he actually did what could be one of the biggest parts of our season. He signed John McGinn from Scottish league team Hibernian in the transfer window for a reported Ł2.5...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-07 19:55:48

I?ll take a draw now

Villa will come up against a run of tough games against Midland opposition, starting this Saturday. We start with a trip to Derby County, followed by two home games against Birmingham and Nottingham Forest. It doesn’t get much easier after those...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-06 19:57:25

McGinn, Savo and Der Hammer

Earlier in the week I was watching the EFL show and they were starting to discuss a certain John McGinn. The Scotsman has become a firm fan favourite for his tenacity, strength and love of a tackle. Then there was that goal. In the 2-1 defeat to...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-06 08:56:17

RATINGS: Bolton at home

Aston Villa returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park. Goals from Jack Grealish and James Chester proved enough to give Dean Smith his second win as Villa manager. We have rated the starting XI. Let us know if you...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-04 12:51:36

Three vital points required

Aston Villa will take on Bolton Wanderers tonight in what will be Dean Smith’s fourth game in charge. Nothing less than three points I required if we are to improve on our poor start to the season. Villa faces a run of tough games against Midland...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-04 12:51:36

REPORT: Villa 2-0 Bolton

Dean Smith claimed his second win for Aston Villa in a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, at Villa Park. Jack Grealish opened his account for the season, whilst James Chester added a second. The captain started alongside Axel Tuanzebe,...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-04 12:51:36

PREVIEW: Bolton at home

Aston Villa will return to Villa Park this evening for the live Sky Sports game. Bolton Wanderers are the visitors in what will be Dean Smith’s second home game. A lot has been made of Smith’s first full week in training with the squad. There...
Aston Villa - 2018-11-02 08:56:50

November Preview

As a new month approaches, our new manager must get his team ready for a difficult month. November will not be easy with games against both Derby and Birmingham fast approaching. With 12 points up for grabs, I believe we could achieve 9, but being...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-31 19:57:27

Have Villa lost their fear factor"

Aston Villa endured yet another away day to forget last Friday night. They succumb to a 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on a chilly night in the capital. Villa are now winless in seven on the road. With our only victory coming on the opening day...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-30 19:51:04

RATINGS: QPR Away

Aston Villa lost their second defeat in a week. This time it was a 1-0 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road. In a game that sore Villa dominate, they just couldn’t find the back of the net. We rate the performances of the starting XI: Orjan Nyland –...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-28 12:50:25

REPORT: QPR 1-0 Villa

Aston Villa fell to their second defeat under Dean Smith. A Pawel Wszolek goal proved to be enough to give QPR all three points on Friday night. Jonathan Kodjia replaced the injured Albert Adomah. John McGinn came into the fold after sitting out...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-28 12:50:25

Positives & Negatives from Norwich

In recent years Norwich has been a tough place for Villa to go to. Our latest trip to Carrow Road proved to be no different. Some would say that maybe we deserved something from the game but its the final score that counts. The result and how the...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-26 12:50:11

Smith Reign: What have we learnt so far

Dean Smith may have only been in charge for two games but it is clear to see there are changes at the club. Already, our style of play is starting look better on the eye. The upbeat interviews, discussing tactics, positives and negatives. The...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-26 19:50:31

Terrific Tuanzebe

After what turned out to be a dismal defeat on a cold Tuesday night to Norwich we have to turn our attention elsewhere. Dean Smith and his team will be looking at both the positives and the negatives from our 2-1 loss. One of those positives was our...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-26 12:50:11

PREVIEW: QPR away

Dean Smith will take his Villa side down to the Capital to take on QPR this evening. The Championship game will be the third inside a week and of his reign as head coach. We have experienced different emotions in the two games so far but it has been...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-26 16:50:47

What’s going on with El Ghazi"

Dean Smith’s first match in charge at the weekend finally saw a Villa side featuring players deployed in their natural positions. Other than that, the actual team selection wasn’t particularly radical. Showing that his predecessor Steve...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-24 19:52:03

REPORT: Norwich 2-1 Villa

Dean Smith?s Aston Villa fell to their fourth loss of the season after a Jordan Rhodes double secured there points for an in-form Norwich City side. Birkir Bjarnason and the suspended John McGinn where replaced by Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan....
Aston Villa - 2018-10-24 19:52:03

RATINGS: Norwich City (A)

Aston Villa lost their first game under Dean Smith when they took on Norwich City. Despite an early goal and bright start, the home side turned the game on its head to win 2-1 at Carrow Road. We rate the performances of the starting eleven: Orjan...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-24 19:52:03

PREVIEW: Norwich City away

There was a lot of positives to take from Dean Smith’s first match in charge. It could have so easily finished 3 or 4 nil had we taken our chances. There are still clear weaknesses also and Swansea could have also taken all three points. Smith’s...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-22 19:51:42

RATINGS: Swansea (1-0)

Aston Villa returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Villa Park. It is the first win since their victory over Rotherham in mid-September. Dean Smith would have been pleased with the display without getting too carried away. It...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-21 19:50:42

REPORT: Villa 1-0 Swansea

Dean Smith became the first manager since 2011 to claim all three points on his debut in the Villa Park dugout, with Tammy Abraham?s goal defeating Swansea City. After a minute applause celebrated the lasting legacy of Sir Doug Ellis, Smith and...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-21 19:50:42

PREVIEW: Swansea at home

It is quite amazing to think what a difference a few weeks can make in football. A few weeks ago, I, like many others was dreading another game under Steve Bruce. Tomorrow, we welcome Swansea City to Villa Park with a new manager at the helm and...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-20 08:50:37

Sell out crowd to see new regime

Saturday is going to be a unique day. It?s the beginning of a brand new era and brand new regime and I for one, cannot wait. I cannot wait to see what Dean Smith, Richard O?Kelly and John Terry have managed to do with our squad. They have had very...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-19 08:51:08

Smith’s First Match Day

It is clear to see on social media and fan forums that the appointment of Dean Smith has given fans a lift. Although some were a little underwhelmed at first, you can’t help but be impressed by what he has to say. As the club keep telling us, he...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-18 12:50:08

Terry to solidify defence

On their arrival, Dean Smith and his new assistant John Terry will be under no illusions that the defence will need looking at. It was clear to see for all, apart from Steve Bruce, that we are defensively unbalanced. Smith has already highlighted...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-17 19:51:30

Can Hogan finally shine"

The appointment of Dean Smith as got Aston Villa fans talking about a new start for Scott Hogan. Smith has already stated that he will hold one on one talks with the former Brentford striker. Hogan is by all accounts just as pleased as the fans are...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-16 19:51:13

Smith press conference – reaction

Dean Smith faced the press today as the media crews gathered to hear the new Villa boss discuss his appointment. The former Brentford manager was joined by CEO – Christian Purslow to be formally unveiled and to answer questions on the jobs they...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-16 08:51:09

Exciting times ahead"

I am pleased to say I am so glad that we have acquired Dean Smith as our manager.  Yes, he doesn?t possibly have the pull or glamour of Thierry Henry but at least we all know he brings to us a chance to play positive and attractive football. In the...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-12 16:51:05

JT – Back to finish unfinished business

It was officially announced late last night that Dean Smith would become the new manager of Aston Villa. Former Villa defender John Terry has returned to the club as the new assistant manager. On Monday, Thierry Henry was nailed on for the job with...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-12 08:50:44

New Manager, New Opportunities"

A new manager can bring about various changes for a club. A new style, a new philosophy an upturn in fortunes. For some players, it can present a new opportunity at a football club. Aston Villa is no different. Henri Lansbury Henri Lansbury was...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-12 08:50:44

Issues to be addressed

It is hard not to read or talk about who the potential new upcoming manager will be at Aston Villa. But whoever comes into the club, will have a few issues they will need to address and quickly. I have looked into a few of these issues in more...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-10 08:51:03

Pot luck in picking a manager

Aston Villa is seemingly making pacey progress in appointing a successor to Steve Bruce who was sacked as manager last week. Thierry Henry was looking nailed on with the bookies to be named sooner rather than later, possibly even by the time you...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-09 19:51:37

Potential under Premier duo"

Steve Bruce’s departure has paved the way for the first major decision of new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens. Since backing Bruce when they initially arrived, they have seen just three league wins from twelve games. Once the news broke of...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-08 08:50:52

REPORT: Millwall 2-1 Villa

Managerless Aston Villa were beaten 2-1 by Millwall at The Den. Extending a winless streak to ten games before the International break. Tammy Abraham broke the deadlock on the seventh minute before Millwall struck back either side of half-time. The...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-07 16:49:53

New manager requirements

With the dust just about beginning to settle after Steve Bruce?s sacking, all eyes are firmly now on who will be his successor as manager of Aston Villa. By all accounts, the club would like to make an appointment in plenty of time for the visit of...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-07 16:49:53

Next Aston Villa manager

After it was announced on Wednesday that Steve Bruce would leave Aston Villa, we all turned our attention to who our new manager would be. Over the coming days and perhaps weeks it will be worse than the transfer window. There will be so much...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-06 12:50:39

PREVIEW: Millwall away

Aston Villa will head to The Den today to take on Millwall for a 3 pm kick-off in the Championship. It is the first game Villa would have played since the sacking of manager Steve Bruce. Kevin McDonald has been placed in temporary charge until a...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-06 12:50:39

Bruce got it wrong in the loan market

Steve Bruce made a massive deal about exploiting the loan market and rightly so. But I believe the downward spiral that led to the manager losing his job began in the loan market. Let me explain. Ł70K a week In recent weeks, it came to light that...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-05 12:50:34

Bruce – His own downfall.

I had a written article ready on why Steve Bruce?s time was up but now I?ve amended it as we all now know, he has been sacked. I?ll be honest. Up to about three weeks ago, I was willing to give Bruce time to change our fortunes around. But then I...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-05 08:50:10

Fine margins cost Bruce

This article was initially going to praise Steve Bruce, following my criticism of his tactics in my last article. I was pleasantly surprised by our first-half performance against Preston. It seemed from the stands that Jonathan Kodjia had initially...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-04 08:51:01

Villa 3-3 Preston

Steve Bruce?s tenure at Villa Park is all but over after his side failed to beat Preston North End, who are rock bottom of the championship. In a crazy game under the lights, Glenn Whelan had the opportunity to steal all three points from the...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-03 19:51:50

RATINGS: Preston at Home

Aston Villa could only manage a 3-3 draw with bottom of the table Preston North End at Villa Park last night. Villa lead the game 2-0 at half-time but threw it all away when captain James Chester saw red. We rate the player’s performances from...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-03 19:51:50

Blues excuse is lazy journalism

Rumours broke the weekend in a few different media outlets about the future of current Villa and former Blues manager Steve Bruce. It is no secret that the natives have become restless about the clubs current situation. One thing that has really...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-02 08:51:30

PREVIEW: Preston at home

If you are to believe reports in the press then the game against Preston is a must-win game for Steve Bruce. Bruce has reportedly been told he has two games to save his Aston Villa job with just one win in nine. Villa play the current bottom two in...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-02 08:51:30

Position Bingo

It’s becoming difficult to be positive regarding Aston Villa at the moment. Arguments between fans over pessimism, players, formation/player position and the route ahead are becoming more and more prevalent as we see dropped points week after...
Aston Villa - 2018-10-01 08:51:46

RATINGS: Bristol away

Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Bristol City at Ashton Gate last night. It now means Steve Bruce has managed to guide his side to one win in 9. The manager is now under a lot of pressure from supporters and media but how are his players performing" Are...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-29 16:53:04

REPORT: Bristol City 1-1 Villa

Aston Villa have only won one competitive football match in their last nine. Steve Bruce’s men had to settle for a share of the points against Bristol City last night. A late first-half header from Birkir Bjarnason cancelled out Josh Brownhill?s...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-29 12:51:46

PREVIEW: Bristol City away

It feels a lot long longer than five days since we suffered our first home defeat of the season against Sheffield Wednesday. Jack Grealish has signed a new deal and the press is starting to turn on manager Steve Bruce. A trip to Ashton Gate to take...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-28 08:51:55

Grealish finally signs

It was announced on Monday that Jack Grealish had signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa. The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal that in theory keeps him at the club until at least 2023. Jack hasn’t started the season as well as...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-27 08:52:01

Has Bruce been lucky"

There is a sinking feeling at Villa Park and online that Aston Villa won’t achieve promotion as long as Steve Bruce remains at the helm. Bruce has arguably been supplied with the best team in the paper during his season’s in charge and has so...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-27 08:52:01

Collins, the answer"

This time last year, Steve Bruce would have relished being compared with one of the most high-profile managers who are at the helm of the world?s most famous football club. Today, however, the parallels with Jose Mourinho are not of the kind that...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-27 08:52:01

Stop skimping on scouting

The Steve Bruce debate is dominating the column inches on all things Aston Villa right now. The team is underperforming massively and the fans unrest is growing with each passing day. So, you’ll probably be glad to hear that this isn’t another...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-25 19:52:09

Inconsistent Villa face uncertain future

Following the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend, the inconsistent start for Villa this season continues. The latest defeat means one win in eight. They now sit 12th in the Championship with pressure building on the manager. Bruce?s men...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-24 08:52:58

Villa 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

A home loss to Sheffield Wednesday could well be the nail in the coffin for Steve Bruce. A goal of the season contender from super John McGinn turned out not to be enough. Goals from Marco Matias and Steven Fletcher meant Villa have only won once in...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-23 16:52:09

RATINGS: Sheffield Wed at home

Another defeat, this time to Sheffield Wednesday. Villa lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday which has made it 1 win in 8. The pressure continues to build on manager Steve Bruce what about the players" See how we rated their performance in our latest...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-23 19:51:53

PREVIEW: Sheffield Wednesday at home

Aston Villa welcomes Sheffield Wednesday to Villa Park today. It will be their second game at home in a week following a 2-0 win against Rotherham on Tuesday night. Steve Bruce will be hoping his side can build on that victory as they bid to...
Aston Villa - 2018-09-22 12:52:36
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