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7500 To Holte 8 hours ago

Bamboozling Merseysiders Redux: Aston Villa 3 – 2 Everton Tactical Analysis

Tactical set-ups: Aston Villa: Sherwood brings out 4-3-2-1 again I’m not saying Tim Sherwood gets all his ideas from this column, but his changes for the week reflected my post-match analysis for the Man City loss. Carlos Sánchez was dropped after being involved in conceding two of City´s goals last week, and Charles N'Zogbia returned as another attacking midfielder alongside Jack Grealish. This set up exactly the same formation with which Sherwood claimed to have "bamboozled" Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final, even to point of Shay Given coming in to the first team after Brad...
7500 To Holte 10 hours ago

Player Ratings: Star players carry Aston Villa to key victory over Everton

The performances of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph carried Aston Villa to a deserved 3-2 victory against Everton on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park. See how all of the Villa players rated and vote for your Man of the Match below! For the fourth consecutive week, Aston Villa outplayed a team ahead of it in the Premier League table. But unlike last week's match at Manchester City, Villa took advantage of a quality performance to earn a crucial three points against Everton on Saturday. Villa again conceded a few sloppy goals, but led by star striker Christian Benteke and captain fantastic...
7500 To Holte May 2, 2015

Aston Villa 3-2 Everton: Instant reaction to an absolutely massive three points

Aston Villa have given themselves a HUGE boost in their fight for Premier League survival. Aston Villa pulled off yet another dominant performance today against Everton, and unlike last weekend they managed to secure the 3-2 win. With other results in the league, it assures that Villa will finish above Burnley and QPR so long as Villa don't lose out and those teams don't win out. The first half saw Villa absolutely dominate Everton, who looked almost hungover from their 3-0 win over Manchester United last weekend. The now-familiar midfield trio of Tom Cleverley, Jack Grealish, and Fabian...
7500 To Holte May 2, 2015

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

Aston Villa host Everton in a crucial relegation battle today. Here's everything you need to follow along. Aston Villa, who have played their best football of the season recently, are still very much in peril of being relegated from the Premier League. Two months ago, today's match against Everton at Villa Park looked like something we could hope to win without too much worry. Since then Everton have become one of the most in-form teams in the league with a run that culminated in last weekend's 3-0 walloping of Manchester United. So today will be tough. But so was playing at White Hart...
7500 To Holte May 1, 2015

Villa midfielder set for Sherwood showdown talks

After a tough start to his Aston Villa career, Carles Gil is set to discuss his Villa future with Tim Sherwood. It all started so brightly for the tricky Spaniard following his January transfer from Valencia, but having been seemingly frozen out of the first team by new manager Tim Sherwood, Carles Gil wants answers. It looked for all the money as if Carles Gil would be the spark to save Villa's season. Indeed, he scored a world class goal in his debut against Bournemouth , securing the club a vital win, which would eventually lead Villa to the FA Cup Final at Wembley later this month....
7500 To Holte May 1, 2015

Villa vs. Everton: Toffees ride wave of form into Villa Park

Everton are winners of five of their last six. This isn’t going to be easy. Sure, Aston Villa are playing well right now and the mood is expectant at Villa Park. But I’m still utterly shocked at the number of people who think tomorrow will be a walk in the park for Tim Sherwood’s side. While Everton had a poor start to the season, they’re playing extremely, extremely well and have taken 16 points from their last six matches. Y’all do understand that, right? The Toffees have only dropped points to Swansea City since early March en route to moving into the top half of the Premier...
7500 To Holte May 1, 2015

What's your all-time favourite Aston Villa kit?

Claret and blue is a lovely combination. This Saturday, Aston Villa are planning what seems like a fun little event. In an effort to create a little more of an atmosphere, Villa are holding a Retro Day at Villa Park. One of the components of this is a call to arms to wear your favourite retro Villa kit. Because of that, I asked the 7500 to Holte staff what some of their favourites were. Q: Aston Villa want fans to wear their favourite old kits against Everton this Saturday. What's your favourite all-time Villa kit? (Note: You can follow along with out choices by viewing them here...
7500 To Holte May 1, 2015

Despite Villa's best, relegation race tightens ahead of Everton clash

The Holtecast returns as the relegation race heats up! Huh. Two consecutive weeks and Aston Villa have played their best football of the season, and yet they've only gotten one win. Defensive miscues doomed the club on their visit to the reigning champions Manchester City, but the big issue is the relegation picture. A normal club would get to feel good about such a strong performance, but Villa have to immediately start looking below and above them. So this week we take on that City match: what went right? What went wrong? And then we turn to the bigger relegation picture. If you trust the...
7500 To Holte Apr 30, 2015

Villa takeover rumours "borderline irresponsible," says club CEO

Tom Fox has given an interview to the Guardian, and it is amazing. Aston Villa CEO Tom Fox has given an interview to The Guardian about the future of the club and the big takeaway is that you probably shouldn't believe any takeover rumours you hear right now. He also touches on Christian Benteke's contract, Tim Sherwood's hiring, and whether or not Randy Lerner is still interested in the club. But let's start with the takeover. In January, the Daily Mail floated a rumour that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen might be interested in buying Aston Villa. We were dubious from the start, and when...
7500 To Holte Apr 30, 2015

Defence must step up for Aston Villa to beat Everton

Tim Sherwod's found a way to get Aston Villa to score goals. His next task is to make his team stop leaking them. In their past three league games, Aston Villa have outplayed their opponents. Manager Tim Sherwood has got the team playing an attractive style that is producing goals. Yet despite these improved performances, the Villans earned just four points from those three matches. Ending up with a draw against QPR and a loss to Manchester City could come back to haunt the team as the business end of the season approaches, as the relegation race remains clear as mud. Next up is a match at...
7500 To Holte Apr 30, 2015

Villa could use a little bit of luck in the relegation fight

With Saturday’s match being Retro Day at Villa Park, I started thinking about some great Villa teams of the past. And I realized something: Those teams had luck. This team doesn’t. It could use some. Saturday is Villa’s "Retro Day," with supporters urged to wear their favourite classic kits to the ground. It should be a cool sight, and there are some real beauties in our past; we’ll have something up tomorrow on that front. It’s always surprised me that Villa have just one league title since 1910. Sure, we’ve never been a huge club in England, but Villa are still the biggest...
7500 To Holte Apr 30, 2015

Villans on Tour: The Aston Villa loan report

With the domestic season drawing to a close around Europe, we check in on how well Aston Villa's loanees are getting on. The downside to appointing a new manager is that some players just don't fit in with the new system, and given that Tim Sherwood is Villa's fifth in six years, there are a fair few players from both the youth academy and the old regimes out on loan. This article will take a look at how they are getting on. Gary Gardner The first player we look at is perhaps the one with the most potential of all the loanees, Gary Gardner. Gardner has seemingly spent more time away from...
7500 To Holte Apr 29, 2015

How much do you worry about Aston Villa getting relegated?

Aston Villa are still in the relegation picture, how much does that worry you? If Aston Villa's loss to Manchester City had happened any other week of the season, we probably would've have been as sad. Unfortunately, the rest of the results earlier in the day all went against Villa and the loss only dragged Villa further back into the relegation race. Just as Villa looked to be pulling away, here we are again having to scoreboard watch. With that in mind, I decided to ask the 7500 to Holte staff how nervous they still were. Q: After Saturday's loss to Manchester City, exactly how worried,...
7500 To Holte Apr 29, 2015

Premier League relegation odds: Villa looking better than you probably think

Premier League relegation is always both a thrilling and terrifying prospect, but a good way to judge your club's position is by looking to the people who know the league the best: The bookies. While sports gambling may be illegal in almost all of the United States, it is a thriving market in the home country of every reasonable football fan's club: England. As of right now, every team at 35 points or below has a real chance to be playing in the Championship next year, and this horrifying possibility leaves many fans dreading the next five weeks. But fear not, Aston Villa fans: As of right...
7500 To Holte Apr 28, 2015

Agent: Benteke not thinking about leaving Villa

Villa striker is fully focused on the fight for survival amid transfer rumors Every season, when the Premier League campaign begins to wind down, transfer rumors start to flow. Aston Villa have already been linked with a few players, which is always exciting. However, the summer's most important task might be hanging on to Christian Benteke. Every transfer window, it's almost inevitable that Benteke will be linked with other clubs. First, it was Tottenham Hotspur. This year, it's Liverpool and Manchester United who are being linked with the beast from Belgium. However, Benteke's agent,...
7500 To Holte Apr 28, 2015

Who should Aston Villa try to buy from QPR?

When Queens Park Rangers go down, they will have to sell some players. Which of these would be good targets for Aston Villa? So far in this year's Relegation Poaching series, I've looked at the players Aston Villa should try to poach from Leicester and Burnley. Since I wrote about the Foxes, they've continued a Wigan-esque run of form in an effort to avoid the drop, but the Clarets are as good as down. This week, Queens Park Rangers will be the team I look at. They're currently second-bottom, and still have Liverpool and Manchester City left on the fixture list. It's looking unlikely that...
7500 To Holte Apr 27, 2015

Villa linked with Chelsea youngster

After a breakout season at Middlesbrough, could Patrick Bamford be making his way to B6 this summer? As the season is reaching its final few weeks, the transfer rumour mill is in full swing. One of the latest players Aston Villa have been linked with is Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford, following his excellent season at Middlesbrough. It's obvious that Villa will need a goalscorer this summer, as, despite scoring fourteen goals in nine league games since Tim Sherwood's arrival, Villa have scored only 26 goals all season, a dismal record. In addition, there is no telling whether or not...
7500 To Holte Apr 27, 2015

Newcastle, Sunderland continue plummet while Leicester tighten up relegation race

A weekend of action in the Premier League did little to clarify the tight relegation race. One team likely secured their safety from relegation this weekend in the Premier League, but for everyone else, the race got a whole lot more tight. The teams in 19th-16th place all got results while 15th-placed Aston Villa got nothing and the result is a little bit of worry for everyone left. Mathematically speaking, no one is even close to being a sure-thing drop yet, but we know better. For this week's edition of relegation watch, we've dropped West Bromwich Albion. Newcastle are still probably...
7500 To Holte Apr 27, 2015

Sherwood's Summer Signings: ex-England internationals on their way to Villa Park?

Micah Richards and Jake Livermore are the latest names to be thrown into the ring for a Summer move to B6, Premier League survival permitting. It may be presumptuous to start discussing transfer windows when the club's survival still lies up in the air; the gap between the bottom three and Villa is an uncomfortable 2 points, but there have been ample rumours in the last week alone. Making a loan deal permanent Tom Cleverley seemed to shoot his chances of joining Villa down during last Summer's deadline day, as he initially rejected a move to Villa Park in hope of joining up with...
7500 To Holte Apr 26, 2015

Do tactics matter? - Manchester City 3 - 2 Aston Villa Tactical Analysis

Football is silly Before we begin, a disclaimer. Tactical analysis does not fully explain any football match. Some days, it can't even come close. This was one of those days. That Manchester City's first goal was caused by their high pressing in a 4-2-3-1, is not wrong. But it leaves out the fact that Brad Guzan miskicked the ball like a four year old with particularly poor bodily co-ordination. Aguero's pressing was a necessary condition, but clearly not the main cause of the goal. Similarly, the second-half goals were scored from set-pieces, largely due to individual errors. As gutting as...