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7500 To Holte 9 hours ago

Inexperience tells - Aston Villa 2 - 2 Sunderland Tactics Talk

Tactical set-ups: Aston Villa: Tim Sherwood set up with a modified 4-2-3-1 but with some interesting choices in the absence of the injured Jack Grealish and Adama Traoré, along with the absence of Gabriel Abgonlahor. He chose to give Leandro Bacuna another chance in an advanced position on the right, from which he often floated inside, while Scott Sinclair remained wide out left. Ashley Westwood was given the freedom to move forward by the hustling presence of Carlos Sánchez and Idrissa Gana. Finally, Alan Hutton returned at right-back. Sunderland: Dick Advocaat played a type of...
7500 To Holte 11 hours ago

Player Ratings: Sinclair replaces Agbonlahor, bags a brace for Aston Villa

Aston Villa dominated Sunderland for much of the match but missed opportunities and defensive mistakes cost Villa two points in a 2-2 draw with the Black Cats on Saturday. Vote for your Aston Villa Man of the Match below! It wasn't the result that Aston Villa wanted against a pretty bad Sunderland team, but Villa fans have to be encouraged by the dominating display the team had at Villa Park on Saturday. Scott Sinclair bagged two goals, Ashley Westwood continued his good form, Carles Gil made a Premier League appearance for Aston Villa for the first time this season and even Alan Hutton...
7500 To Holte Aug 29, 2015

Aston Villa vs. Sunderland final score: Villa get a draw that feels like a loss

Aston Villa played like junk against Sunderland. There's not going to be much here today. Aston Villa drew Sunderland 2-2 at Villa Park, and while a point is better than none, it's hard to feel anything positive about this match. Villa dominated for much of the day, and especially had control of the midfield. If you want something good to point at, Idrissa Gana was fantastic. His motoric play, good passing, and energy were one of the highlights of the day. The other highlight came from Scott Sinclair, who converted a penalty and a tap in to make it five goals in four days. Sinclair should...
7500 To Holte Aug 29, 2015

Aston Villa vs. Sunderland 2015: Live stream, TV schedule and team news

Aston Villa take on Sunderland in the last match before the international break, and we've got everything you need to follow along right here. Three matches and three points. If we're honest, that type of pace would likely be enough to keep Aston Villa away from relegation this year. But so long as we're all being honest, let's admit that simply avoiding relegation is not good enough this season. We want more. Losing to Manchester United is understandable, and a one-goal loss at Selhurst Park (no matter how sloppy it was) was something we can live with. But this is Sunderland. Aston Villa...
7500 To Holte Aug 28, 2015

Wheels set in motion for Lescott's Villa switch

Joleon Lescott's move to Aston Villa could be on thanks to a chain reaction. West Bromwich Albion look set to sign Manchester United's Jonny Evans, which opens up the door for Joleon Lescott's transfer to Aston Villa to take place. According to a number of sources including the BBC, Jonny Evans is set for a £6-8 Million switch from Manchester United to West Brom. Evans' arrival at the Hawthorns allows for veteran centre back Joleon Lescott to leave, with Aston Villa looking to be his destination. If the reports are to believed, and they look to be sound, then Evans is in...
7500 To Holte Aug 28, 2015

Preview: Villa set for clash with struggling Sunderland

Aston Villa and Sunderland both put up a bunch of goals in the Capital One Cup this week, so they’re bound for a 0-0 draw, yeah? If the sheer mention of Aston Villa v. Sunderland doesn’t get you excited for goals, maybe this will: Villa scored five goals Tuesday night, Sunderland six. But they both conceded three to a League Two side. Get your alcohol ready. It’s gonna be a dull 0-0. What to know about Villa Adama might be fit! Jack Grealish is back and working! Scott Sinclair is suddenly super good! While Sinclair’s hat trick stole the headlines, Grealish’s 120 minutes against...
7500 To Holte Aug 28, 2015

Sunderland insider on Advocaat, Defoe, and M'Vila

We get an opposition's perspective on Saturday's match between Villa and Sunderland. In Villa's last game before the international break, we welcome Sunderland to Villa Park. Gary, editor of the Sunderland site We Are Wearside, was kind enough to give us a glimpse into the Black Cats' season so far. After losses against Leicester and Norwich, Sunderland claimed a hard-fought point against Swansea last weekend. One point from the first nine certainly isn't great, but does this recent result change your opinion on the club's future? WAW: Not really. I never completely bought into the media...
7500 To Holte Aug 27, 2015

Aston Villa vs Sunderland Premier League 2015: News and updates

Aston Villa play Sunderland of Saturday, and they're gonna win, right? We'll have all of our updates right here. Welcome back to Don't look back in anger, the only preview on this site (or any site) that uses a time machine. Today, we head back to March 14, 2015 to take a look at the last time we met Sunderland. Strap yourselves in folks, and enjoy the ride! The last time we met One month into Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa reign, the Villans headed to the Stadium of Light to face a struggling Sunderland side. So bleak were the circumstances for Sunderland, they were even pondering a...
7500 To Holte Aug 27, 2015

The grace period is over, it's time for Villa to start winning

Jack and Robert return for the Holtecast after a thrilling mid-week cup win. Let's ignore Crystal Palace, eh? And how about we ignore the first 90 minutes of Tuesday's Capital One Cup match. Will anyone be upset if we do that? No? Great. With that in place: VILLA ARE UNSTOPPABLE. Two goals in just 30 minutes and none allowed? Watch out Sunderland, we're coming for you And the 0-4 drubbing we put on in March is going to feel like Child's play. By my calculations of what happened against Notts County, Villa are on pace to... wait, we don't make predictions here. Instead, we talk about...
7500 To Holte Aug 27, 2015

Start with defending to beat Sunderland

Abandon the crazy, defenderless formation to take three points against Sunderland What a wild affair Tuesday's Capital One Cup match was. It may have went to extra time, but Aston Villa still found the back of the net five times. Sure it was against Notts County, but Scott Sinclair still hit a hat trick in the win. For all the free-scoring prowess that this side showed, it's time to dial it back as Premier League football returns with the Villans hosting Sunderland on Saturday. Let's start by discussing the midfield, or rather lack thereof. The only non attack-minded player deployed was...
7500 To Holte Aug 27, 2015

Aston Villa ship winger to Serie A side Frosinone Calcio

Aston Villa have rid themselves of Aleksandar Tonev. Tim Sherwood has made it very clear over this summer that there are several players at Aston Villa who are surplus. That list is one player shorter today as Aleksandar Tonev has been shipped off to Serie A club Frosinone Calcio. Tonev was never able to make much of an impact at Villa. Since arriving in the summer of 2013, he has had only eight starts and eleven substitute appearances. He'll more likely be remembered for his season on loan with Celtic last year. While there, Tonev received a seven-match ban for racist comments to another...
7500 To Holte Aug 26, 2015

Second City derby date set: Capital One Cup clash to be televised

Aston Villa will face Birmingham City in the third round of the Capital One Cup on September 22nd. Yesterday we all got the cup match that we've been waiting for more than four years for: Aston Villa will be facing Birmingham City in the third round of the Capital One Cup. Today, we get even better news: the match will be televised! TV GAME: @AVFCOfficial v @BCFC in #CapitalOneCup Round 3, September 22, 7.45pm, live on @SkySports #AVFC #BCFC pic.twitter.com/lP8Tt2HrrK — Capital One Cup (@CapitalOne_Cup) August 26, 2015 The match will be played at 7:45 PM local time on Tuesday,...
7500 To Holte Aug 26, 2015

Aston Villa vs Sunderland: More madness please

Aston Villa play Sunderland of Saturday, and they're gonna win, right? Welcome back to Don't look back in anger, the only preview on this site (or any site) that uses a time machine. Today, we head back to March 14, 2015 to take a look at the last time we met Sunderland. Strap yourselves in folks, and enjoy the ride! The last time we met One month into Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa reign, the Villans headed to the Stadium of Light to face a struggling Sunderland side. So bleak were the circumstances for Sunderland, they were even pondering a change of stadium name to the Stadium of...
7500 To Holte Aug 26, 2015

What are your favorite Aston Villa debuts?

Nothing will excite a fan like an impressive first match. New players are exciting. No matter what preconceived notions you have about them, they can never be fulfilled until that player puts on the shirt and plays a match. Some players that have impressive debuts are putting on a show of things to come. Some fail to live up to their first appearance. No matter what the case winds up being in the end, a good debut will always make you feel good. Q: Despite the loss, Adama Traoré impressed in his debut against Crystal Palace. What other debuts got you excited? Robert Oh man. Oh man oh man....
7500 To Holte Aug 25, 2015

Sherwood on Adama Traoré injury: "It doesn't look good"

Aston Villa phenom Adama Traoré limped off from the club's win against Notts County in the League Cup, and Tim Sherwood sounds rather pessimistic. In the 57th minute of Aston Villa's eventual win over Notts County in the Capital One Cup, new phenom Adama Traoré limped off the pitch. He had been the victim of a rough tackle and apparently had to have an ice pack applied to his ankle. Now, after two sensational matches in a row, Adama looks to be a doubt for this weekend's match against Sunderland. Speaking after the match manager Tim Sherwood said that Adama would have to worry about being...
7500 To Holte Aug 25, 2015

Second City derby renewed as Villa draw Birmingham in Capital One Cup

After a wild evening at Villa Park, Tim Sherwood and company know who they'll be facing in the third round of the Capital One Cup. It's good news for fans of derbies. It took a massive extra-time effort to do so, but Aston Villa advanced to the third round of the Capital One Cup today with their win over Notts County. With that behind them, all that was left was to wait for the draw to be conducted. Unfortunately, we had to wait on West Bromwich Albion and Port Vale to decide their extra-time match, too, so it took a while. But now we know that Villa will be playing, and IT'S THE SECOND...
7500 To Holte Aug 25, 2015

Sinclair hat trick powers Villa past Notts County in crazy Capital One Cup tie

Scott Sinclair had a hat trick as Villa equalized thrice to force extra time in a 5-3 win over Notts County on Tuesday. So, Tim Sherwood did this, which means we shouldn’t be shocked at what occurred tonight in Birmingham: TEAM NEWS: Confirmed #AVFC side to face #NOTTS tonight in the #CapitalOneCup second round. pic.twitter.com/53RXxu49Ga — Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 25, 2015 Scott Sinclair scored in the first half of extra time to bank his first competitive hat trick for Aston Villa, and Joe Bennett scored a brilliant insurance goal in the second half, as the Claret and...
7500 To Holte Aug 25, 2015

2015 Capital One Cup third round draw: How to follow online

The draw for the third round of the Capital One Cup will take place tonight. Here's how to follow along. Don't worry, I've knocked on every piece of wood within reach. But the Third Round draw for the League Cup will be tonight following the end of tonight's matches in the second round. The draw will be part of Sky Sports coverage of Luton Town vs. Stoke tonight. All things working to the better, you can expect to know who will face whom by about 10 PM. Unlike in the second round there is no seeding in this draw, so anyone can face anyone else. Of course, Aston Villa haven't actually made...
7500 To Holte Aug 25, 2015

Aston Villa vs. Notts County, Capital One Cup 2015: Live stream, TV schedule and team news

It will be tough to follow today's League Cup clash between Aston Villa and Notts County, but we've got everything you need to do so. Ah the League Cup. Competition that has given us such results as an 0-1 loss to Leyton Orient (League One) in the second round last year, an 0-4 loss to Spurs (Premier League) in the third round in 2013, and a 3-4 aggregate loss to Bradford City (League Two) in the semifinals the season before that. So it's not a competition where Villa have covered themselves in glory, recently. In the past three editions of the competition, Villa have only failed to lose...
7500 To Holte Aug 25, 2015

Aston Villa once again connected to exciting Roma winger

Sky Italia say that Aston Villa are in negotiations for Roma winger Adem Ljajic Earlier this summer we heard that Aston Villa were interested in Mattia Destro and Adem Ljajic, forwards who ply their trade at Roma. Well, the Destro rumour never amounted to much. But Tim Sherwood is once again interested in Ljajic according to Sky Italia, via the Express. When Villa were first linked to Ljajic, the Serbia winger was rumoured to be going for something in the £10 million range. If you read the article I linked, they say that Liverpool were told to pay £37 million for Ljajic, but don't...

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