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7500 To Holte Nov 21, 2014

Is there any way Lambert can set up Villa to beat Southampton?

One of the hottest teams in the English Premier League will pay a visit to Villa Park on Monday night as Aston Villa host Southampton. Five. The miserable amount of league goals Aston Villa have scored equal to the amount that Southampton have conceded. Chelsea and Swansea are joint-second in fewest league goals conceded with 11 goals against through 11 matchdays. It's been difficult enough for Paul Lambert's team to score goals against bad opposition. Everyone knows about the hilariously bad scoreless streak, only scoring one goal in a span of seven matches. Granted, Villa went up against...
7500 To Holte Nov 21, 2014

Future Aston Villa injury report

Not all of Aston Villa's defenders are injured, but they probably will be soon. The international break was not kind to Aston Villa as Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos both got injured. Considering Villa have already had quite a bit of injuries on the back line this season, this is less than ideal. And there are still a couple of days before the Southampton match, leaving plenty of time for the rest of the defense to get injured. Here are some predictions on some future Aston Villa defender (and anyone who can fill in as a defender) injuries. Nathan Baker: head injury, probably Matthew...
7500 To Holte Nov 20, 2014

No Match Tribute For Birmingham Pub Bombings Victims

Aston Villa will not hold a moment of respect in the coming home game with Southampton to mark the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack on Birmingham. Tomorrow (the 21st of November) marks 40 years since two pubs in Birmingham City Centre were blew apart by bombs left by an un-identified party. I won't go into extraordinary detail on the event since this is a blog about Aston Villa, but at the bottom of the page are two links for anyone interested in the story of that night in November. Particularly useful if you're not from England! All you really need to know is that 21 people died...
7500 To Holte Nov 20, 2014

Villa have a very real chance at a shameful winless streak

Aston Villa could realistically go longer during the season without a win than they did in the period that included an entire summer off. 547 minutes. That's how long Aston Villa's scoring drought lasted before Andi Weimann found the back of the net against Tottenham. Since then, we've been back to nothing. One quick blip aside and Villa haven't done any scoring for 711 minutes. Now, that's a little bit disingenuous since goals are the exception and if you used that math you could make every season into a giant scoreless wasteland. But, I put it there for a reason. If Villa extend their...
7500 To Holte Nov 20, 2014

How a battered Aston Villa can crack Southampton's defense

Jack and Robert are back to preview the Aston Villa vs. Southampton match this Monday and see if there is any way that a battered claret and blue squad can eek out a win. The Holtecast, like football after the international break, is back! And, like football after the international break, we're battered. Battered down by watching Villa play seven matches since September 13 and not grab a win in any of them. But that doesn't mean that we've given up hope entirely! No thanks to circumstances, of course. This week we dive into everything that has happened since our last episode. And given...
7500 To Holte Nov 19, 2014

Villa's fatal number

On the pitch Villa are looking shaky. But what do the numbers say about Villa's performances and what the future might hold? A statistical look at Villa shows a brutal truth... With the international break swiftly coming to an end, now seems like a good time to take a deep breath and boil Villa's season down to the numbers and what metrics we should be looking at in the upcoming weeks. Statistics can't capture football in all its glory and each week I've been trying to mix a measure of the numbers and more descriptive analysis but I've diagnosed the current 4-3-3 system as far as is...
7500 To Holte Nov 18, 2014

Scotland-England friendly may feature Villa midfield target

Rangers' Lewis Macleod may make his senior international debut for Scotland in tonight's friendly against England. He's also possibly a Villa transfer target. Reports have come south from Scotland that Paul Lambert sent scouts to the Rangers-Alloa Athletic match on Saturday to check on a rising Scottish star. Lewis Macleod, the 20-year-old midfielder for Rangers, could be just what Villa need in the January window, but they will likely have to move quickly if they want to nab him before other teams begin getting interested. Macleod has scored 11 goals in 51 appearances with Rangers,...
7500 To Holte Nov 18, 2014

Study: Villa fans write fiction, read the Sun, and love custard

YouGov have made profiles of "quintessential" fans of soccer clubs, and what it says about Aston Villa is a bit surprising. The most-Villa Aston Villa fan may be a 28-year-old man who writes fiction, reads The Sun, and loves custard. At least that's what I'm taking from the publicly available profiles at YouGov. YouGov is an international market research firm that does thousands of surveys of people and asks marketing questions. In this process, they've come across 390 self-identified Aston Villa fans. And now we can see what makes us stand out. For instance: Aston Villa fans are much...
7500 To Holte Nov 18, 2014

The UEFA Euro 2016 mascot is here, and he will steal your soul

UEFA have introduced us to the Euro 2016 mascot, and he. Is. Horrifying. Sporting events have long traditions of strange mascots. Who could forget the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games mascot. Or Wenlock and Mandeville from the London games. Or the strange Hans and Franz-esque duo from Euro 2012? So yeah, mascots are weird and can sometimes be a bit creepy. But for Euro 2016, UEFA has ratcheted up the creepiness by more than a few notches. The new mascot, unveiled in a video today starts off so brightly. The logo for the competition flutters on a flag, looking majestic: We quickly realize,...
7500 To Holte Nov 18, 2014

USA vs. Ireland live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Brad Guzan and the USMNT will face off against Ciaran Clark, Shay Given, and the Republic of Ireland in a friendly this evening. There hasn't been a lot going on that has made Aston Villa fun to watch lately, but today's friendly between the Republic of Ireland and the United States could provide a temporary remedy if the right factors fall into place. The Villa-vs-Villa showdown that we saw in the USMNT's 1-2 loss to Carlos Sanchez's Colombia last week could be even more feisty here. For Aston Villa fans, the main interest in the United States squad will of course be whether or not...
7500 To Holte Nov 18, 2014

If Okore quits Villa without getting a chance, I'll quit too

Watching Aston Villa is far from enjoyable, especially when it requires waking up early on Saturday mornings. If Jores Okore leaves — like was suggested yesterday — I'm done. Yesterday, Robert told us about the latest rumour that Aston Villa centre back Jores Okore might be ready to quit the club come January if he does not start getting first-team action. Yes. The guy that chose a move to Villa over a move to Chelsea in order to get playing time is not being selected and might leave the club as a result. I don't know. Robert did a pretty good job of talking about how stupid this would...
7500 To Holte Nov 17, 2014

Aston Villa defender open to move in January transfer window

Jores Okore has not played at all this year and, unsurprisingly, wants to. Even if it's not with Aston Villa. Do you remember Jores Okore? That's a legitimate question, because it seems as if Aston Villa have forgotten about the young Danish defender who came to the club on great accolades last year, injured himself, and almost literally has not been seen since. Paul Lambert keeps insisting that Okore isn't in the squad because he's not ready for the Premier League, but he's given lie to that claim by having him on the bench for the matches against Arsenal and Liverpool. Add in the fact...
7500 To Holte Nov 17, 2014

Vlaar's replacement could come from Baggies, international recap, and youth success

We've got your Aston Villa news and headlines for Monday, 17 November 2014.
7500 To Holte Nov 17, 2014

Fratricide highlights international break for Villa thus far

The biggest highlight of a relatively quiet international break for Aston Villa players has been the USMNT-Colombia match that saw Brad Guzan and Carlos Sanchez face off. Just last month we had an international break that featured Fabian Delph playing for England, and one crushing injury to a centre back. Flash forward to the past week, and it's sort of the same, minus the whole Fabian Delph part. But that doesn't mean we haven't seen any action worth mentioning. Christian Benteke yesterday had two chances to be the Belgian hero in a 0-0 draw against Wales. The two were glorified by...
7500 To Holte Nov 16, 2014

Villa advance to semifinals in Christmas Truce Tournament plate competition

Aston Villa's U12 squad put in a strong showing in the annual Christmas Truce Tournament qualifying tournament. Every year, there is a U12 international tournament called the Christmas Truce tournament. It's organized by the Premier League and this year it will feature two teams each from England, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Scotland. Held in Ypres, Belgium, it commemorates the Christmas Truce of 1914 in which the armies on the Western Front took a break from fighting to wish each other happy holidays, bury their dead together, and even play a little football. To get to the...
7500 To Holte Nov 16, 2014

Villa eyeing Olsson as Vlaar replacement should Manchester United make move

Aston Villa are reportedly considering a move for West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson should Manchester United make a move for Ron Vlaar. Ron Vlaar. He's staying! He's going! He's staying! His agent says he's ready for a big move! God only knows what's happening there. The rumours of a move to Manchester United for the Villa captain persist despite the Dutch defender's inability to stay healthy. And, as they have been for a while, those rumours are sensical enough to have we Villa fans worried. But fear not, because Paul Lambert has a replacement in mind. And that replacement comes from......
7500 To Holte Nov 14, 2014

New, amusing, and strange details emerge in Roy Keane fight

There are new details emerging in the story of Roy Keane and a fan in an Irish hotel. Listen, I don't want to tease you at all or make you wait for the best part of this article. So here we go, from the Birmingham Mail's story on the Roy Keane "fight" in a hotel bar with a fan: "An ambulance was called and Frank is believed to have been taken to Dublin's Beaumont Hospital - but there was no assault of any nature." Alright, let me back up some. "Frank" is Irish-born Bostonian Frank Gillespie. He apparently wrote about Roy Keane in a book a few years ago, and Roy Keane is no fan of his....
7500 To Holte Nov 14, 2014
Aston Villa and the never-ending win-less streak

Aston Villa and the never-ending win-less streak

This post is really dumb. Don't say I didn't warn you. Aston Villa have not won a football match since September 13th. Today is November 14th. That is over two months. While the draw against West Ham was at least a step in the right direction, it still wasn't a win. The next match against Southampton doesn't seem promising, but the following week's trip to Burnley might be a decent chance. Not wanting to wait that long, I made myself a time machine and decided to see how long the win-less streak will last. November 24 Due to injuries, Jores Okore is forced into the starting lineup. He makes...
7500 To Holte Nov 13, 2014

Vlaar hurts his leg, Keane (allegedly) hurts someone’s face

We've got the biggest Aston Villa headlines for November 14, 2014, including Ron Vlaar's injury and Roy Keane's bust-up.
7500 To Holte Nov 13, 2014

How to fix Aston Villa over the international break in one step - Holtecast

Jack and Robert return for their sixth podcast since Aston Villa last got three points. But a draw against West Ham United staunched the bleeding a bit! Jack and I have taken two weeks off of podcasting since Villa won at Anfield, and this is still our sixth episode since Villa have last gotten three points. Goodness. But like it or not, at least the draw at West Ham staunched the bleeding a little bit this weekend. Thanks to a heroic effort from Brad Guzan and an anti-hero-like effort from West Ham's strikers, Villa managed to come away from the match with a point. But they didn't score,...