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  1. So with our new Sporting Director, Manager and Assistant Manager in place, who do we think we'll be looking at in January? Wonder if Terry might be able to lure Gary Cahill back to Villa? We sorely need a solid CB to partner Chester.
  2. KJT123

    18/19 Race for Promotion

    Our squad will presumably look a lot different come August as a result of more cost cutting. The league will be weaker, but do we have enough to get automatic promotion?
  3. a m ole

    Villa Kit 2018-19

    These threads are always a bit of fun, I got bored waiting for our game to start. It would be cool to push the boat out next season with something a bit different. With Premier League badges of course.
  4. Aston Villa statistics : 2018/2019 Premier League 2 - Division 2 - Under-23 development league TABLE (as of 09/11/2018) P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Reading 10 6 3 1 25 16 +9 21 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 6 2 2 26 11 +15 20 3 Southampton 10 6 2 2 15 8 +7 20 4 Manchester United 10 5 3 2 16 11 +5 18 5 Aston Villa 10 5 1 4 16 19 -3 16 6 Newcastle United 10 4 1 5 24 18 +6 13 7 Middlesbrough 10 4 1 5 16 19 -3 13 8 Stoke City 10 3 3 4 20 17 +3 12 9 Fulham 10 3 3 4 17 18 -1 12 10 Norwich City 10 3 1 6 14 23 -9 10 11 West Bromwich Albion 10 2 3 5 12 18 -6 9 12 Sunderland 10 1 1 8 5 28 -23 4 PLAYER Nat A(S) H-Nor 2-0 A-MU 1-3 H-Ful 2-1 A-Mid 2-1 H-Sto 0-3 A-Sou 1-0 A-Sun 1-0 H-New 2-5 A-WBA 1-1 H-Rea 4-5 A-Wol H-Sou A-Sto H-MU A-Nor A-Ful H-Mid H-Sun A-New H-Wol A-Rea H-WBA Lomax, Sam (GK) 0 (0) u u u u u u u u u Šarkić, Matija (GK) 10 (0) S S S S S S S S S S Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 0 (0) u Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 9 (0) S S S S S S S S S Bedeau, Jacob (CB) 9 (0) S S S S S S S S S Bree, James (RB) 2 (0) S S Bridge, Mungo (LB) 0 (1) o u Clark, Mitchell (CB) 1 (0) S Patterson, Ethan (CB) 1 (0) u u S Revan, Dominic (CB) 10 (0) S S S S S S S S S S Walker, Jake (RB) 7 (1) o S S S S S S S Blackett-Taylor, Corey (R/LW) 4 (1) o S S S S Brunt, Lewis (CM) 1 (0) S Clarke, Jack (CM) 8 (1) S S S S S S S S o Cox, Jordan (RW) 6 (4) S S o S S o o o S S Doyle-Hayes, Jake (CM) 8 (0) S S S S S S S S Ige, Luke (CM) 0 (0) u Lansbury, Henri (CM) 1 (0) S Lyden, Jordan (DCM) 2 (0) S S Prosser, Alexander (DCM) 5 (4) S o o S S o o u S S Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 1 (1) o S Rowe, Callum (CM) 5 (2) S o u u o S S S S u Sohna, Harrison (CM) 0 (0) u Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 0 (3) o o o Hepburn-Murphy, Rushian (F) 2 (1) S S o Knibbs, Harvey (F) 6 (2) S u S S o o S S S u McKirdy, Harry (F) 1 (0) S Mooney, Kelsey (F) 3 (0) S S S O'Hare, Callum (F) 7 (1) o S S S S S S S Odutayo, Colin (F) 1 (2) o o S Pressley, Aaron (F) 0 (1) u o Sea, Dimitri (F) 0 (2) o o Name in BOLD played in >= 50% of games = Goal(s) scored = Assist(s) created S = Started o = Came On u = Unused Sub # TOP SCORERS Gls 1 O'Hare, Callum 3 1 Mooney, Kelsey 3 3 Bree, James 2 3 Cox, Jordan 2 5 Hepburn-Murphy, Rushian 1 5 Blackett-Taylor, Corey 1 5 Knibbs, Harvey 1 5 Clarke, Jack 1 5 Revan, Dominic 1 5 O.G. 1 # TOP ASSISTS Ast 1 Blackett-Taylor, Corey 2 2 O'Hare, Callum 1 2 Lansbury, Henri 1 2 Knibbs, Harvey 1 2 Revan, Dominic 1 2 Lyden, Jordan 1 2 Cox, Jordan 1 FIXTURES/RESULTS 13/08/2018 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City Att : 318 36' Mooney, Kelsey (Cox) 70' Mooney, Kelsey(p) 17/08/2018 Leigh Sports Village @ 19:00 Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa Att : 1,406 10' McIntosh-Buffonge, Darren 11' Mooney, Kelsey 53' Gomes, Angel (p) 78' Burkart, Nishan (Tanner) 27/08/2018 Villa Park @ 13:00 Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham Att : 452 35' O.G. (Lyden) 63' Harris, Jayden (Thompson) 70' Cox, Jordan (Revan) 02/09/2018 Riverside @ 14:00 Middlesbrough 1-2 Aston Villa Att : 128 31' Revan, Dominic 60' Walker, Stephen 85' O'Hare, Callum(p) 14/09/2018 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa 0-3 Stoke City Att : 307 49' Shenton, Oliver 81' Jennings, James (Souttar) 94' Walker, Jake (og) 21/09/2018 Staplewood Training Ground @ 19:00 Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa Att : 86 74' Clarke, Jack (Blackett-Taylor) 01/10/2018 Eppleton Colliery Ground @ 19:00 Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa Att : 191 35' Knibbs, Harvey 22/10/2018 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa 2-5 Newcastle United Att : 305 09' O'Hare, Callum 24' Sørensen, Elias (Longstaff) 27' Roberts, Callum (p) 29' O'Hare, Callum 34' Longstaff, Sean 39' Sørensen, Elias (Roberts) 55' Sørensen, Elias (Roberts) 29/10/2018 Aggborough @ 19:00 West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Aston Villa 07' Robson-Kanu, Hal (Hoolahan) 77' Cox, Jordan (Knibbs) 04/11/2018 Villa Park @ 13:00 Aston Villa 4-5 Reading 21' Barrett, Joshua (p) 23' Bree, James (Lansbury) 28' Bree, James (Blackett-Taylor) 36' Blackett-Taylor, Corey (O'Hare) 39 Loader, Daniel 45' House, Ben (Lawless) 50' Loader, Daniel 83' Hepburn-Murphy, Rushian 93' House, Ben 26/11/2018 New Bucks Head @ 19:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Aston Villa 07/12/2018 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Southampton 17/12/2018 T.B.C. @ 19:00 Stoke City - Aston Villa 07/01/2019 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Manchester United 11/01/2019 Colney Training Centre @ 19:00 Norwich City - Aston Villa 01/02/2019 Motspur Park @ 19:00 Fulham - Aston Villa 18/02/2019 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Middlesbrough 04/03/2019 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Sunderland 11/03/2019 Northumberland FA @ 19:00 Newcastle United - Aston Villa 08/04/2019 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Wolverhampton Wanderers 12/04/2019 T.B.C. @ 19:00 Reading - Aston Villa 29/04/2019 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa - West Bromwich Albion Aston Villa statistics : 2018/2019 Premier League Cup Premier League Cup : Group F P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Aston Villa 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 6 2 Plymouth Argyle 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 Derby County 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1 4 Bristol City 1 0 0 1 0 8 -8 0 PLAYER Nat A(S) H-Brs 8-0 A-Der 1-0 H-Ply A-Brs H-Der A-Ply Lomax, Sam (GK) 0 (0) u u Šarkić, Matija (GK) 2 (0) S S Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 2 (0) S S Bedeau, Jacob (CB) 2 (0) S S McConnachie, Charlie (RB) 0 (0) u Revan, Dominic (CB) 1 (0) S u Walker, Jake (RB) 2 (0) S S Blackett-Taylor, Corey (R/LW) 2 (0) S S Clarke, Jack (CM) 2 (0) S S Cox, Jordan (RW) 1 (1) S o Doyle-Hayes, Jake (CM) 2 (0) S S Prosser, Alexander (DCM) 1 (1) o S Rowe, Callum (CM) 1 (0) S Hepburn-Murphy, Rushian (F) 1 (0) S Knibbs, Harvey (F) 1 (1) S o O'Hare, Callum (F) 2 (0) S S Sea, Dimitri (F) 0 (1) o Wright, Tyreik (F) 0 (1) o # PL CUP SCORERS Gls 1 O'Hare, Callum 3 2 Knibbs, Harvey 3 3 Cox, Jordan 1 4 Blackett-Taylor, Corey 1 5 Sea, Dimitri 1 # PL CUP ASSISTS Gls 1 Cox, Jordan 2 2 Blackett-Taylor, Corey 1 3 Knibbs, Harvey 1 4 Wright, Tyreik 1 5 Clarke, Jack 1 6 Walker, Jake 1 7 O'Hare, Callum 1 PL CUP FIXTURES/RESULTS 05/10/2018 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa 8-0 Bristol City 13' Cox, Jordan (Blackett-Taylor) 26' Blackett-Taylor, Corey 32' O'Hare, Callum (Cox) 42' O'Hare, Callum (Knibbs) 65' O'Hare, Callum (Wright) 80' Knibbs, Harvey (Cox) 84' Knibbs, Harvey (Clarke) 86' Sea, Dimitri (Walker) 08/11/2018 Loughborough Uni @ 19:00 Derby County 0-1 Aston Villa (O'Hare) 68' Knibbs, Harvey 30/11/2018 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa Plymouth Argyle 18/01/2019 TBC @ 19:00 Bristol City Aston Villa 11/02/2019 Bescot Stadium @ 19:00 Aston Villa Derby County 25/02/2019 Home Park @ 19:00 Plymouth Argyle Aston Villa Aston Villa statistics : 2018/2019 Birmingham Senior Cup BIRMINGHAM SENIOR CUP FIXTURES/RESULTS 08/10/2018 Coleshill Town FC @ 19:45 Coleshill Town FC 2-4 Aston Villa 19' Sea, Dimitri 48' Knibbs, Harvey 58' Sea, Dimitri Leek, Reece 70' Cox, Jordan Kiembi, Pierce 20/11/2018 Stratford Town FC @ 19:45 Stratford Town FC Aston Villa 22/12/2018 @ 26/01/2019 @ 23/02/2019 @ # BSC CUP SCORERS Gls 1 Sea, Dimitri 2 2 Knibbs, Harvey 1 3 Cox, Jordan 1 PLAYER Nat A(S) A-Col 4-2 A-Str Šarkić, Matija (GK) 1 (0) S Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 0 (0) u Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 1 (0) S Burton, Bradley (CB) 0 (0) u Patterson, Ethan (CB) 0 (1) o Revan, Dominic (CB) 1 (0) S Walker, Jake (RB) 1 (0) S Brunt, Lewis (CM) 1 (0) S Cox, Jordan (RW) 1 (0) S Prosser, Alexander (DCM) 1 (0) S Rowe, Callum (CM) 1 (0) S Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 0 (1) o Knibbs, Harvey (F) 1 (0) S Odutayo, Colin (F) 0 (1) o Sea, Dimitri (F) 1 (0) S Wright, Tyreik (F) 1 (0) S Youngest PLAYER DOB APPS 1 Pressley, Aaron (F) 07/11/2001 1 (0-1-1) 2 Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 11/10/2001 0 (0-0-1) 3 Wright, Tyreik (F) 22/09/2001 1 (0-1-0) 4 Ramsey, Jacob (ACM) 28/05/2001 2 (1-1-0) 5 Odutayo, Colin (F) 08/03/2001 3 (1-2-0) 6 Vassilev, Indiana (LW) 16/02/2001 3 (0-3-0) 7 Birch, Jack (CM) 23/11/2000 0 (0-0-0) 8 Patterson, Ethan (CB) 12/11/2000 1 (1-0-2) 9 Ige, Luke (CM) 12/11/2000 0 (0-0-1) 10 Brunt, Lewis (CM) 06/11/2000 1 (1-0-0) 11 Walker, Jake (RB) 03/11/2000 10 (9-1-0) 12 McConnachie, Charlie (RB) 21/10/2000 0 (0-0-1) 13 Revan, Dominic (CB) 19/09/2000 11 (11-0-1) 14 Bridge, Mungo (LB) 12/09/2000 1 (0-1-1) 15 Bazeley-Graham, Isaiah (RB) 03/02/2000 11 (11-0-0) 16 Bedeau, Jacob (CB) 24/12/1999 11 (11-0-0) 17 Williams, Josh (FB) 12/10/1999 0 (0-0-0) 18 Boucher, Kieran (GK) 21/09/1999 0 (0-0-0) 19 Rowe, Callum (CM) 02/09/1999 8 (6-2-3) 20 Coates, Jack (CM) 11/05/1999 0 (0-0-0) 21 Knibbs, Harvey (F) 26/04/1999 10 (7-3-2) 22 Clark, Mitchell (CB) 13/03/1999 1 (1-0-0) 23 Mooney, Kelsey (F) 05/02/1999 3 (3-0-0) 24 Clarke, Jack (CM) 30/01/1999 11 (10-1-0) 25 Doyle-Hayes, Jake (CM) 30/12/1998 10 (10-0-0) 26 Cox, Jordan (RW) 04/11/1998 12 (7-5-0) 27 Humphries, Jake (ACM) 03/11/1998 0 (0-0-0) 28 Prosser, Alexander (DCM) 31/10/1998 11 (6-5-1) 29 Pastorek, Jozef (CM) 26/09/1998 0 (0-0-0) 30 Hepburn-Murphy, Rushian (F) 28/08/1998 4 (3-1-0) 31 Green, Andre (LW) 26/07/1998 0 (0-0-0) 32 O'Hare, Callum (F) 01/05/1998 10 (9-1-0) 33 Davis, Keinan (F) 13/02/1998 0 (0-0-0) 34 Suliman, Easah (CB) 26/01/1998 0 (0-0-0) 35 Bree, James (RB) 11/12/1997 2 (2-0-0) 36 Blackett-Taylor, Corey (R/LW) 23/09/1997 7 (6-1-0) 37 Šarkić, Matija (GK) 23/07/1997 12 (12-0-0) 38 McKirdy, Harry (F) 29/03/1997 1 (1-0-0) 39 Lyden, Jordan (DCM) 30/01/1996 2 (2-0-0) 40 Lansbury, Henri (CM) 12/10/1990 1 (1-0-0)
  5. PieFacE

    Season Ticket Renewal

    So who's planning on renewing their season ticket this year? Is anyone planning on buying a season ticket for the first time this season? At the minute, i'm undecided but leaning towards no. I missed so many games last season that in the end, it probably wasn't worth it. Even though last season was our best season in a long time, I found myself not really enjoying it that much, wishing I was watching the games in a pub with friends quite a lot. Though, we were on TV a lot last season.
  6. It is that time again people, where we do the Premier League predictions. Only this time we are making it a single thread for the entire season and we are using a third party to make and track the predictions. -- How to Play -- You can join in the prediction league at any point as we will be using the Talksport Predictor which can be found at https://predictor.talksport.com/ You do need to register. but thankfully they only ask for minimal information. Once registered you need to 'Join' the Predictor from your account page. Then you can join the VillaTalk mini league that @imavillan kindly set up by using the code P55NJ on https://predictor.talksport.com/public/#/mini-leagues Be sure to check the 'How to Play Section' Unfortunately the site does ask you to pick a favourite Premier League team. So just go with the one you dislike the most, lol. -- What's the point in this thread? -- Whilst everything is self contained on the predictor website I thought it might be nice to keep the thread active by making the predictions public (button at the bottom of each prediction set). If i get time I will also comment on the state of the table at the end of each gameweek for a bit of bantz. -- Why Premier League? -- We aren't doing the Championship because even with using another site it is a massive pain to do every 5 seconds. -- Anything else? -- Gameweek 1 (remember no new threads will be posted) starts next Friday 10th August. I'll try and post and bump the thread each gameweek with plenty of time for people to get their predictions in. -- Betting? -- I'll likely do some betting each week based on two predictors who will get 10% should we win an accumulator. So if you want in, be sure to make your prediction public for the gameweek. Good Luck!
  7. BOF

    Loan watch 2018/19

    With 9 players out on loan at the moment, I figured we could do with an 18/19 version of the loan watch thread to keep a handy eye on them all. Foreign loans Aaron Tshibola - Kilmarnock (SPL) Easah Suliman - FC Emmen (Dutch Eredivisie) Championship Tommy Elphick - Hull City Gary Gardner - small heath alliance League One Andre Green - Portsmouth Jed Steer - Charlton Athletic League Two Mitchell Clark - Port Vale Jordan Lyden - Oldham Athletic Kelsey Mooney - Cheltenham Town
  8. limpid

    November Optimism Gauge

    This poll will be open for the first week of the month.
  9. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  10. omariqy

    AVTV 2018/9

    https://7500toholte.sbnation.com/2018/8/4/17650894/avtv-guide-faqs-how-to-watch-aston-villa How to watch Aston Villa: AVTV Guide & FAQs Everything you need to know about AVTV By Phil Vogel@PBVogel Aug 4, 2018, 2:08pm BST SHARE Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images AVTV is back and this year it comes with graphics! Let’s start with the basic info. If a game is scheduled for television broadcast AVTV cannot show video. Knowing that off the top will help clarify some of the confusion. No full match replays will be posted (writer’s note: BOOOOOO!). Prices are listed below — do the math to see what is best for you. If you signed up last year there is no automatic renewal. AVTV does not work through any streaming platforms (Chromecast, Apple TV, ect). Must be used through a computer. Season ticket holders no longer get an audio subscription included. Club says that is due to EFL regulations. Everything else is all location based — so I’m going to split this up. UK, Ireland & Channel Isles There are going to be select midweek matches that are made available through AVTV. Once again — these are matches that are not on TV anywhere in the world. Before you complain to the club about the hefty price tag — £10 was set up as the minimum price by the EFL. What games can you expect? “Any games played outside of blocked hours (not between 14:45 – 17:15 on a Saturday) and not shown by Sky Sports will be available to watch for domestic fans. Fixtures taking place on Bank Holidays or Easter will be unavailable for streaming.” International Plus This is a nice list to be on! If you are located (or your computer thinks you are located) in a country on the list — congratulations for an extra price you get to break the one rule of AVTV I listed at the top. Television broadcast does not matter to you — you get to watch all 46 matches live. International Minus The rest of the world — you are did not make the plus list. Don’t take it personally. For a cheaper price you can access to the matches that are not shown on television. Obviously Sky gets to determine that and I’m certain will do everything in their power not to inconvenient you with their decisions (this is not an accurate statement). If you are radio lover — things are easy. Audio is always available to everyone, regardless of location, for every match. Finally troubleshooting — “For any in-game coverage issues this season, viewers can contact @AVFCSupport on Twitter or our stream hosts directly via AVTVsupport@streamamg.com.”
  11. limpid

    Match Thread: Derby v Villa

    Derby v Villa Please do not mention streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
  12. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  13. James Chester was back to his best last night firstly preventing a Bolton equalizer and then scoring our decisive second goal to send us temporarily to the top of the bottom half of the table and just 4 points behind the top six. We had the perfect start last night with a 4th minute goal that it might have been hoped would lead to a confidence inspiring goal glut against a Bolton side that are currently on the crest of a slump. The visitors instead threatened to draw level and we sat nervously and uncomfortably in our seats until Chester added a second to give us a two-goal cushion and what then became a comfortable win. We played better and lost against QPR, but it was vital that we won this battle between two teams that had both lost their previous two matches. We now need to put a decent run of results together which will not be easy looking at our forthcoming fixtures. A second home win and a second clean sheet at Villa Park for our new management team gives us something to work on. Winning our home games as a minimum will keep us ticking along until the next transfer window when we can look to strengthen where necessary. My player ratings from a game that we deserved to win and did are: Orjan Nyland – 4 – He continues to make Pierluigi Gollini look like Dino Zoff! Comfortably collected a mishit 21st minute shot from Oztumer but then embarrassingly dropped a cross 4 minutes later which he then gratefully gathered when it fell at his feet. Seemed to have lost his bearings when he fumbled a harmless 41st minute Oztumer free-kick out for a corner that he should have left to go out. A schoolboy would have been unhappy with doing that under no sort of pressure. Did well to get his right foot to a 47th minute Buckley cross from the edge of the six-yard box which was otherwise bound for Donaldson to tap in at close range for an equalizer, but the negatives outweigh this one positive for me. Although he was not often called upon he continues to look to have an error in him waiting to happen. He needs to be doing a lot of work with Neil Cutler in the coming days to address his weaknesses. Is Moreira still not another option? Alan Hutton – 6 – Looks like he can still remember how to give an effective display in his rightful full back role. James Chester - 8 – MOTM – Back to his best and this game will do no harm to his confidence. Did incredibly well to hook a 24th minute Hobbs header off the line with Nyland beaten. Was flagged offside when he headed home a 32nd minute Hourihane free-kick but was given the benefit of the doubt on 57 minutes when he headed a Grealish free-kick in between Alnwick and the post to settle the game. Axel Tuanzebe – 7 – Will get increasingly more comfortable with more games alongside our captain in the centre of our defence. Did well to use his pace to get back and win an 84th minute challenge with Doidge inside of the box which along with the substitute’s heavy touch on the ball denied him a scoring opportunity. Neil Taylor – 6 – Faced little to really test him last night but generally looked competent enough. Conor Hourihane – 6 – Played in an unfamiliar deep midfield role in the absence of Thor. Did well enough given that and he rarely fails to do a decent job for us. Could he fill this role again? Albert Adomah - 6 – Hit a 14th minute shot wide of the far post from the edge of the box and a bicycle kick (as allegedly invented by a late Villa chairman) onto the roof of the netting behind the crossbar. Substituted on 73 minutes. John McGinn – 7 – Subject to the sort of rough treatment normally reserved just for Jack last night and the referee was as lenient with challenges on him as they usually are when Jack receives the same uncompromising treatment. Won the ball well from Donaldson on 43 minutes before running forward and hitting a cross towards the far post that was played back across the face of the goal by Kodjia only for Alnwick to get a hand to prevent Abraham getting his head on it. John then stooped to head the loose ball into the side netting having continued his run. He is quality and has an obvious tenacity and will to win. Jack Grealish – 7 – Made a nice 4th minute run into the box which was spotted by Abraham who having turned to leave a defender for dead then played a perfect pass to Jack who took the ball past Alnwick and tucked it inside the near post. Had a 28th minute shot from outside of the area pushed wide by Alnwick. Jonathan Kodjia – 6 – McGinn played a one-two with Hutton before hitting a 30th minute cross to the far post which Kodjia could only hook well over the bar. Flashed a 69th minute shot wide of the near post having ran into the area after being found by a nice ball from within his own half by Tuanzebe. Not at his powerful and defence threatening best yet. Tammy Abraham – 7 – Maintained a good work rate last night. McGinn found Kodjia who ran into the box and squared the ball to Tammy on 46 minutes, but it was hit a little too firmly and bounced off his right leg to safety as he tried to take a touch when a goal had looked likely. He won’t fail to score too often in games at Villa Park this season. Substitutes: Yannick Bolasie – Replaced Adomah on 73 minutes. Not on quite long enough to gather a rating this time. I had expected him to start this one. Scott Hogan – Replaced Abraham on 81 minutes. Not on long enough to earn a rating. Glenn Whelan – Replaced Jack on 90 minutes. Not on long enough to gather a rating. Up the Villa! John Lewis
  14. sne

    Football Kits 2018/19

    Since they are starting to drop it might be time for a new thread about next seasons kits Like these 3rd kits from Man U And the Chelsea one
  15. limpid

    Match Thread: Villa v Bolton

    Villa v Bolton Please do not mention streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
  16. Vive_La_Villa

    Relegation thread

    I think it’s time to restart this thread after a couple of years. Before I continue this is not just negative doom and gloom. It’s discussion that I think is as warranted as a promotion thread. We have lost the following: Terry, Snodgrass, Johnstone, Grabban. Now how many points did they players contribute to individually let alone collective? In the case of Snodgrass it’s the majority of our goals. In the case of Johnstone I lost count of how many points he earned or saved us. Now on top of this we may even lose more players and if stories are too believe are not in a place to reinvest. Now I admit there’s a few months to go before we see the squad that starts the season. But as it stands now we are in for the scrap. Edit: Before this thread is closed or anymore digs. If Reading can go from losing in a playoff final shootout and strengthening their squad to having to potentially get a result in the last game of the season to stay up. Why is it an over reaction to suggest it can happen to us?
  17. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  18. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  19. limpid

    Match Thread: QPR v Villa

    QPR v Villa Please do not mention streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
  20. Norwich v Villa Please do not mention streams or streaming in this thread. Please note that there is no distinction between legal or illegal, video or audio. If you aren't sure, it doesn't go in this thread. You will receive warning points if you ignore this.
  21. Your ratings and reactions please. Keep it respectful even if you know everyone else is wrong. The players' names will be added to the poll when a mod gets chance.
  22. We tried placing round pegs in round holes rather than in square ones yesterday and it worked! It was nice to hear applause at half time and again at full time from a packed Villa Park on Saturday as the team left the field. It is very early in Dean Smith’s tenure at Villa Park and he has only had a couple of training sessions at best with some of his new players but there were still some early encouraging signs. We pressed our opponents in their own half and showed a willingness to do so. Doing that took some pressure off our defence and we didn’t let Swansea begin to cause us too many problems at the back until the last quarter of the game when they had us on the back foot as we tired and might have denied us the victory our overall play and improved work rate had deserved. We even started to look a bit more like a team than a group of individuals yesterday. This much needed win brings us level on points with Dean’s former club Brentford and only 3 points off the play off places. Leeds and Albion will soon be looking over their shoulders and don’t look so nailed on for promotion after their defeats yesterday. Dean, JT and Richard O’Kelly have a 100%-win record. Dean Smith has a win from his first Villa game and that is something that none of our previous six managers achieved. We had lost to Swansea on their last two visits to Villa Park, so this was a case of third time lucky for us. The acid test will be our next two games which are away from home. We took 3 points from these games last season and could do with getting at least the same this. Let’s go to Norwich and QPR looking for wins instead of with our backs to the wall. Six points from these two games would really get this season started and we do have some ground to make up. We are also Aston Villa and are claiming our new manager bounce! We are not going to become a team that will walk away with this league overnight. We started well and got a win but lacked a clinical finish and enough invention in the final third. We don’t dominate games although we have the players who on paper look capable of doing so. The problems we have found so far this season will not have disappeared and they may well rear their ugly heads again. We just may through hard work and application have it in us to turn the corner and make this a season to remember rather than one to forget. We may just have witnessed the start of something big yesterday. Let’s hope so! My player ratings from a game that we kept a clean sheet for only the second time in a league game this season are: Orjan Nyland – 7 – This was his best performance to date for us by some distance. This can be a new start for him as well as others and he can take some confidence from this display. Horton tried to turn in a cross on 23 minutes from just inside of the box that Nyland pushed away to his left. He then cut out a dangerous looking 56th minute cross low at his near post. Made a good reflex save on 69 minutes from a close-range Fulton header. Alan Hutton – 7 – Gave his usual whole-hearted performance. James Chester - 7 – Solid following his return from suspension. Axel Tuanzebe – 7 – Looked reasonably comfortable alongside our captain in the heart of our defence. Worth a run in this position. Its not as if we are spoilt for choice when it comes to central defenders after all. Neil Taylor – 7 – Has an opportunity to make this position his own again now. Looked solid enough at the back and denied the visitors an equalizer on 79 minutes when he got a foot to deflect a Roberts shot wide that had beaten Nyland who had come off his line towards him. Hit a nice cross on 22 minutes that McGinn almost connected with. Ahmed Elmohamady – 7 – Claimed his fourth assist of the season yesterday. His crosses often find their man, don’t they? I was a little surprised to see him still a starter, but I guess managers know what they will get from him and Dean got that yesterday. Bikir Bjarnason – 7 – Looking more comfortable in the holding midfield role with each game. Likes a tackle and worked tirelessly. His distribution is something he could do with looking at. John McGinn – 8 – MOTM – Back to his best yesterday. John pressed and harried his opponents throughout and worked incredibly hard for this win. We will miss him at Norwich. Jack Grealish – 7 – Play him in the position in which he feels most comfortable and you are likely to get match winning performances again from him. This was an improvement from Jack and I hope he will kick on from this and begin to consistently produce what we know he is capable of. Hit a 21st minute free-kick from the right edge of the box that just needed a touch from someone that it did not get. Hit a 47th minute shot from the edge of the box that took a deflection off a defender before Nordfeldt got a hand to it diving to his left. Elmo picked up the loose ball and Adomah headed the cross back towards Jack whose attempt to hook the ball in from around 8 yards was saved by Nordfeldt. Albert Adomah – 7 – A much better performance than of late. Albert seems keen to impress again and made a couple of decent crosses being much more involved than he had been recently. Hit a 37th minute shot that was gathered easily enough by Nordfeldt. McGinn found him with a quickly taken 29th minute free-kick and his resultant cross took a deflection off Roberts that led to the ball eluding Nordfeldt and almost creeping in at the far post. Hit a 52nd minute effort just wide of the post. Tammy Abraham – 8 – Got our early winner on the 8th minute and on another day, he could have had a hat-trick. Got into the positions to score and this was his 4th goal in 7 games for us which is a more than acceptable strike rate. His goals can get us promoted this season and earn him international recognition again. He was a threat to the visitor’s defence from start to finish and seemed to be enjoying the game and the responsibility of leading the line. Jack hit an 8th minute free-kick against the wall after Tammy had been fouled on the edge of the box. Elmo picked up the loose ball wide on the right beat a defender and cut the ball back to Jack who found Elmo again whose flighted cross towards the far post was headed past Nordfeldt for our winner from just outside of the 6-yard box by Tammy. Couldn’t quite reach a 58th minute Adomah cross and brought down a cross from Adomah 4 minutes later that Nordfeldt dived to his left to save. Headed a 68th minute cross from Bolasie downwards which bounced over the bar with the keeper ending up in the back of the net rather than the ball. Substitutes: Yannick Bolasie – 7 – Replaced Elmo on 64 minutes and hit a nice cross 4 minutes later for Tammy that could have given us some breathing space at the end. Jonathan Kodjia – Came on for Albert on 74 minutes. Not on quite long enough to earn a rating or to make the sort of impression that might demand a starting place. Conor Hourihane – Replaced Jack on 83 minutes. Unlucky to find himself on the bench again in my opinion. Not on long enough to gather a rating. Up the Villa! John Lewis
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  24. There's been quite a lot of discussion about our current tactics, especially surrounding the fact that we've just started to trial a 3-5-2 formation. Personally I think it's a terrible idea for our current set of players and I feel we're wasting time trying to use it in pre-season, I can't help but feel within a game or two we will be abandoning it and trying something different. With the current set of players we have, and assuming everyone is fit, what formation would you play? I'd go for a 4-3-3 with the following. Steer Elmo - Sulliman - Chester Hutton Thor Hourihane - Grealish Green Albert Davis When out of possesion i'd keep the formation really rigid like the above, however when it possession I'd give Grealish license to roam forward and get the wingers bombing forward whilst staying close to the touchline to open up space across the pitch. Davis has the ability to bring other into play even though he doesn't score much, I feel it's the most balanced side.
  25. allani

    Form and Stats

    Bit bored whilst the kids are still asleep so I thought I would do some stats about our form over the past few months. First up - I was told a couple of matches ago to stop being so negative about our form against "poor" opposition this season "Bruce always does better against the top teams" I was told. Well last season we did the double over all three teams that were relegated (this season we have not beaten either of the teams that we have played that are currently in the relegation zone). Our record against the top teams, however, has actually been pretty shocking. I suppose the good news is that combining this season and last we have not lost at home to any team in the Top 10. Which is impressive. However, if you include the play-offs we have played 11 matches against Top 10 teams at home. We have W3 D8 L0. So whilst it is true that we are unbeaten we have still dropped 16 points in 11 matches. However, our away form is shocking (I have included Wembley in the stats as it isn't VP) and reads P13 W4 D0 L9!!!! Against Top 10 teams our records is 29 (17+12) points gained v 35 (8+27) points gained by our opponents - so we have a net loss of points against the top teams. Secondly - we are told that we shouldn't judge the team over the 6 or 7 matches of this season as it is a new team, we are re-building, etc, etc, etc. So I've looked into this too. This season we have P9 (including cup matches) and would have gained 13 points. Multiplied up over a 46 match season - our form this season would have us scoring 66 points which would see us finishing 12th based on the points totals last season. No real surprise given that we are currently 12th and the average position of the teams we have played (exc. lower division teams) is 13th. However, I have extended this back to the middle of March and the Wolves match (mainly because that was when I got a bit excited last season). Over that period we have played 22 matches and would have accumulated 31 points. Multiply that up for a 46 match season and we would finish up with 65 points. Good enough for.... yep 12th place. So our current league position is exactly our form position over the last 6 months. Time is not the issue. Rebuilding is not the issue. PS - Just in case anyone thinks that the stats will be skewed by the 3 extra matches against other promotion rivals last season - the average league position of our opponents over that 22 matches is.... 12th. All of which is "interesting" but really just suggests that our mid-table form is not just based on results at the start of this season but over the final third(ish) of last season too. I then went back to the fact that we scored 18 points against the Bottom 3 last season and yet this season have only gained 2 (from 1/3 of the matches). Several people (myself included) refused to get carried away by our "best start to a season since the 1960s" and highlighted that the fixture list had been incredibly kind to us and given us a string of "easy" early matches. So I have basically taken the current league position of the teams we have played so far this season and compared it directly to the results against the teams who occupied those positions at the end of last season. Obviously for this analysis I have dropped the cup matches. So the stats for this season are: P7 W2 D4 L1 - which gives us 10 points. Project that over the remainder of the season and we would finish up with 66 points and a finishing position of 12th. However, compare those figures with the comparison of the results from last season: P7 W6 D1 L0 - which gave us a total of 19 points. Project that over the remainder of the season and we would have finished up with a rather incredible 125 points. Automatic promotion sealed several months before the end of the season. So we are 9 points worse off this season compared to last in just 7 matches. Obviously there will be other "groups" of matches from last season where our form will have been disaster and so things will even out. But I think this does reinforce the concerns that many of us have been expressing this season. We got off to a seemingly "good" start because we had a string of easy fixtures. However, we have under-performed in those fixtures (and just imagine how much worse it would be if we hadn't grabbed three injury time goals!). What crisis? Well frankly this crisis! We are already in the position where our form in the next 39 matches needs to be better than our form last season. Even if we just match form from now on - those 9 fewer points would have seen us drop out of the play-off positions (74 points = 7th position last season). This is not a knee-jerk reaction of fickle fans who don't understand that a new team needs time to settle (as if we are the only team with new players this season). This is based on pretty much half a season's worth of results and our form / performances over last season and this season. No doubt some will argue that 7th is "there or thereabouts" (well maybe just Steve now) but that assumes that our form from now exactly matches last season.