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    World Cup 2018: Russia

    8 months to go. 8 teams there so far. Russia (As hosts), Belgium the only UEFA qualifier so far, Brazil who top the S.American section, Mexico already through from CONCACAF and the 4 qualifiers so far from Asia - Saudi Arabia, Iran, Japan and South Korea. 24 places still up for grabs 3 more from South America plus the CONMEBOL/Oceania play off. 2 more from North and Central America plus the CONCACAF/Asia play off. 5 more from Africa. Leaving 12 more for UEFA - 8 more group winners and the 4 play off winners African qualifying finishes in November. Last week of qualifiers start today though everywhere else before any November play offs. Play offs will be CONMEBOL 5th place vs OFC winners (New Zealand) CONCACAF 4th place vs AFC 5th place (Australia or Syria) 4 x UEFA play offs for the 8 teams with the best record out of the 9 qualifying group runners up.
  2. So. I know it's early and there's a long way to go this year. We may even be in a different division. We may not. One thing that is for sure is the rules have changed. The transfer window opens on June 9th and closes on Thursday 9th August at 5pm. So there are no transfers after the first fixture of the PL. And no one is staying up till midnight anymore. A week or so ago the EFL decided to join the party. https://www.efl.com/news/2018/february/earlier-closure-of-transfer-window-agreed-by-efl-clubs/ So if we don't go up we would still be able to loan players or sign free contract players up until the 31st August then. If we manage to go up then we'll need to have everything done before the first game. Senior contracts that expire (according to transfermarkt) this summer are John Terry (37) Chris Samba (34 in a few weeks time) Alan Hutton (33) Mark Bunn (33) Gabriel Agbonlahor (31) Snodgrass, Johnstone, Tuanzebe, Onomah and Grabban all come to the end of their loans. Gollini, Gil, Elphick, DeLaet, Gardner and Tshibola also come to the end of theirs. Players with 1 year left on their contracts will be Whelan (34) Jedinak (34 in the summer) Elphick (30) Richards (30 in the summer) DeLaet (29) Gil (25) Steer (25) Lyden (22) Green (20 in the summer) Anyway the summer transfer talk is starting to come out a bit so I thought maybe it was already time for a thread. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/aston-villa-manchester-united-johnstone-14380943 Anyway window closes early so its only fair to open the thread so early is what I'm claiming and standing by I like the window closing basically before the league starts. It's about time really.

    Steve Bruce

    Something about this being in this thread, in this season and from @TROmade me chuckle.

    Match Thread: Villa v Middlesbrough

    Got to see more in the second half really, carbon copy of the second half the other day really. Both teams cancelling each other out a bit so far. Come on VIlla.

    Jlloyd Samuel killed in crash

    Well that's just awful news. JLloyd, Ugo and Dalian all gone far too young. Thoughts go out to his family. HEITS

    17/18 Promotion Charge

    I can understand the nerves but at least we now know what we have to do. Ask me at the start of the season if we had to beat 'Boro and Fulham for promotion in the last 2 games and I'd have bitten your arm off. Come on Villa, we can do this. And come on all my claret and blue bleeding bretheren, it's time for unwavering support, hope and glory, a massive end to this rollercoaster season. This is why we do this isn't it! UTV VTID

    Ahmed Elmohamady

    I hope for his sake he is fit for the World Cup. Pretty few and far between those Egyptian appearances, be a shame on a personal level if he missed out regardless of what happens to us. Get well soon Elmo.

    Alan Hutton

    keeps proving me wrong. Carry on. great game today no question

    Sam Johnstone

    More of the same please. Thought he did well this evening. In the right place for that (Assombalonga?) header and gotta be happy with a clean sheet away in a 2 legged semi-final.

    Mile Jedinak

    Damn good game from him today and a great header for the goal. Well chuffed for him.

    17/18 Promotion Charge

    Last home game of the season, full house at VP under the lights. Lets make it count. UTV! Good result today. Jedinak you big bearded beauty.

    1st leg pre match


    17/18 Promotion Charge

    The race for the play offs is really close and they all basically play each other over the next few weeks. Sheff Utd v Millwall at lunchtime Saturday and Boro v Bristol City at 3pm followed by the Fulham v Brentford game Saturday tea-time are all important games. Everyone from Derby in 4th down to Preston in 11th has a legitimate shot at the top 6 at this point. Down in Mid-Table, QPR, Leeds, Norwich and Ipswich have nothing to play for but pride and position at this point. Forest, Weds and Hull are unlikely to be dragged into the relegation picture but still need a win and a draw (or 2 in Forest's case) to be mathematically safe going in to the weekend. I have to admit (rather obviously) that I would love Norwich to take 3 points against Cardiff on Saturday though. After them Reading, SHA, Bolton and Barnsley look like they are trying to stay away from the last place in the bottom 3 as Sunderland and Burton look doomed to me. They both need to start and keep on winning though and it doesn't look very likely. Sunderland away at Reading and Barnsley host Bolton this weekend which both look pretty tasty. Burton host Derby while Wolves could clinch promotion (or even the title depending on the Fulham and Cardiff results on Saturday) at home to SHA with a win on Sunday. Safe to say I'd love to see Wolves clinch the title on Sunday then . Lets hope we can start the weekend with 3 points tomorrow to at least make it interesting. 2nd has to be the aim until it's mathematically impossible - as Bruce just said in the Leeds press conference. He also said if we had to go up through the play offs then lets do that then or words to that effect. Go Steve.

    Jack Grealish

    Goal of the season? It is a thing of beauty

    17/18 Promotion Charge

    Such a missed opportunity. As others have said, Who would have thought a month ago that we'd beat Wolves and Cardiff and that it would end up being pretty irrelevant? We've never been in the play offs, So win lose or draw it will be a new experience at least and I hope we can get 3 points from the next 4 games to buy a ticket. I'm not that fussed who we face either. We will be the team to avoid. Just hoping now that the key men can stay or get fit.

    Match Thread: Villa v QPR

    Onouah is everything Micah Richards isn't. Mad to think he was rated less when they were at man City

    Match Thread: Villa v QPR

    3-5-2 proper old skool champo that

    Match Thread: Villa v QPR

    How many on the weekend?

    Match Thread: Villa v QPR

    See, my imagination thinks we have a good record against him since 'the comments'. Dont know know though!

    Match Thread: Villa v QPR

    3 goals in the second half? Never happens Come on Villa this is Holloway FFS! Stop proving him right!! Massive 45 mins