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Aston Villa complete deal for Nottingham’s Henri Lansbury

Aston Villa complete deal for Nottingham’s Henri Lansbury

The former Arsenal youth prospect is on his way to Villa Park Aston Villa and Tony Xia have today confirmed the long awaited transfer of Henri Lansbury who joins the Villans from Nottingham Forest after a successful bid in the region of £3.5 million. Welcome to Villa,@lansburyhenri #UTV!— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) January 20, 2017 Forest are in a sorry state now and it’s no surprise that Lansbury has chosen to leave the reign of Fawaz Al-Hasawi who seems to be leading Nottingham Forest to the brink. While it remains to be seen where Forest will end up next season, Henri Lansbury...
7500 To Holte Jan 17, 2017
Ghana vs Uganda Africa Cup of Nations: Preview, Lineups, How To Watch, Prediction

Ghana vs Uganda Africa Cup of Nations: Preview, Lineups, How To Watch, Prediction

It’s Jordan Ayew’s turn today as Ghana take on Uganda. Led by the brothers Ayew and coached by Avram Grant, Ghana have all the talent in the world and should be able to find a result against Uganda. However, we saw a Togo side hold Jonathan Kodjia’s Ivory Coast to a goalless draw yesterday. Anything is possible and Ghana would do well to learn from the Elephants and their slight derailment yesterday. While much will be expected of Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew - Villa fans will know the qualities of Jordan Ayew well and although he may not start - there’s likely no better impact...
7500 To Holte Jan 16, 2017
Jonathan Kodjia starts as Cote d'Ivoire fail to beat Togo

Jonathan Kodjia starts as Cote d'Ivoire fail to beat Togo

The Aston Villa man tried his best today, but he couldn’t find a goal for his team as they fall to a stalemate against Togo. Jonathan Kodjia started ahead of Stoke’s Wilfried Bony as Cote d'Ivoire started their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon against a Togo team captained by Emmanuel Adebayor and coached by your dad: Never seen a less managery looking manager than Togo's #CIVTOG #Togo #IvoryCoast pic.twitter.com/qWyt5eqjeT— Richard Dowling (@RichardDowling9) January 16, 2017 It would be the Villa man who had the ‘elephants’ best chance of the first half as he used...
7500 To Holte Jan 16, 2017
Aly Cissokho loaned to Greek side Olympiacos

Aly Cissokho loaned to Greek side Olympiacos

Veteran left back shipped out on loan, option to buy Aly Cissokho was never going to be a solution at left back — but at times he was the only option. Serviceable(ish) in defense, able to get forward, and seemingly unable to do anything productive once forward. There is some kind of metaphor there for the whole of Villa. The 29-year-old made 12 appearances in claret and blue this season — 58 in total since joining in the summer of 2014. This isn’t the first loan for Mr. Cissokho having spent the first half of the 15-16 on loan in Portugal to his old club Porto. Following Jordan...
7500 To Holte Jan 16, 2017
Ivory Coast vs Togo Africa Cup of Nations: Preview, Lineups, How To Watch, Prediction

Ivory Coast vs Togo Africa Cup of Nations: Preview, Lineups, How To Watch, Prediction

Kodjia’s boys make their debut in the 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations against Togo Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew will be serving a higher purpose over the next few weeks as they represent the Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) and Ghana respectively at the Africa Cup of Nations. Ivory Coast make their bow today against Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo - how’s that for a Villa link? Adebayor was tapped up by Tim Sherwood to join Aston Villa before the move fell apart - he’s still without a club. Adebayor himself noted that his Togo team that have yet to beat ‘The...
7500 To Holte Jan 16, 2017
How can Steve Bruce fix Aston Villa without any signings?

How can Steve Bruce fix Aston Villa without any signings?

Aston Villa signed a bunch of players in the summer - however the men in charge are saying they didn’t sign enough. Signings are a massive luxury. Most teams aren’t in the position to splurge in the same manner that Aston Villa under Dr. Xia are. But can an influx of signings be a bad idea? We Villa fans will know that all too well - having dealt with two summers worth of them. Under Sherwood, Villa got nowhere and under Di Matteo, Villa got somewhere worthless. Steve Bruce and Steve Round are looking to change that, but should they look within the team first? My answer - yes. This is...
7500 To Holte Jan 15, 2017
Doing the maths: Villa’s promotion hopes are probably done

Doing the maths: Villa’s promotion hopes are probably done

After losses at Cardiff and Wolves, Villa probably find themselves too far behind to mount a serious promotion push. I think that’s all she wrote. After Aston Villa’s dreadful 1-0 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday, Villa’s promotion hopes are, at best, tenuous. Their promotion odds are out to 11-to-1, which honestly feels too high, and more importantly, Villa sit seven places and 10 points behind the final play-off spot. Things don’t look good. How dire are they, though? Let’s take two looks. Making up the gap If Villa are to win promotion, they must do the following...
7500 To Holte Jan 14, 2017
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Aston Villa final score: Villa look dire in 1-0 loss

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Aston Villa final score: Villa look dire in 1-0 loss

Aston Villa were :trash emoji: and Wolves won. Aston Villa took the short trip to Molineux Stadium today to face Wolverhampton Wanderers and ended up with little to show except wasted petrol and a one-goal loss. Paul Lambert must have particularly enjoyed beating the team that caused him to look like Paul Lambert Sr., but he was probably the only one to enjoy these two hours we all spent watching. The first half was a dire affair. Nathan Baker, usually a bright spot with James Chester, was set to start but hurt himself in warm-ups and got replaced by Tommy Elphick. Rather predictably,...
7500 To Holte Jan 14, 2017
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa visit Wolves. Alright, two losses in a row. It’s been a while since that happened. Granted, they came in different competitions, but successive defeats to Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur do not feel good. So let’s turn things around today, eh? With all of the teams who are playing each other above Aston Villa, today’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers represents a stellar opportunity for the claret and blue to move up the table a bit with a win. I’ll let Alex explain the important details, but the tl;dr version...
7500 To Holte Jan 13, 2017
Atalanta secure loan deal for Villa’s Pierluigi Gollini

Atalanta secure loan deal for Villa’s Pierluigi Gollini

Ciao! The Birmingham Mail have confirmed that Aston Villa’s young goalkeeping prodigy, Pierluigi Gollini is set to leave Villa Park, albeit on a temporary basis. Steve Bruce had this to say: "In truth, he is a young lad and Aston Villa came too soon for him.”"We will keep a very close eye on how he develops during his time there." Gollini will be heading out on loan to Atalanta, 6th placed in the Serie A table - meaning they are battling it out with AC Milan, Lazio and Inter for a Europa League spot right now. Weirdly, the loan deal isn’t until the end of the season - it’s actually...
7500 To Holte Jan 12, 2017
Key Villa ladies sign renewed deals

Key Villa ladies sign renewed deals

Beth Merrick, Amy West and Chloe Jones staying at Villa Aston Villa Ladies have announced the renewal of deals with three key players in the squad, in Beth Merrick, Amy West and Chloe Jones. The re-signing of Merrick, the Villa Ladies top scorer in the 2016 Woman's Super League 2 and often stand-in captain in the absence of Katy Moran is a huge boost. Midfielder Amy West is a product of Villa's centre of excellence, who became a prominent part of the side in 2015 and has filled in a number of positions in the side. ⚽️ https://t.co/lYQj6IeR9D— Amy West (@amywestt) 12 de enero...
7500 To Holte Jan 12, 2017
On The Pod Episode 9: Transfer Talk

On The Pod Episode 9: Transfer Talk

James and Adam discuss Villa’s winter moves Like a wild pokemon, a new episode of On The Pod appears! Unfortunately Elis was away this time around, lost somewhere in a dystopian universe, so it’s just myself and Adam! Me and Adam met up over the internet this past weekend to discuss Villa's transfer business this January. It's cold outside, but things don't seem to be heating up at Villa Park, as they've only yet brought in one player - while their remaning targets could be poached from them. This was recorded before the Tottenham FA Cup match, so with that in mind - go Sam Johnstone!
7500 To Holte Jan 12, 2017
Former Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor passes away at 72

Former Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor passes away at 72

We sadly say goodbye to a giant of English football today. Rest In Peace. The Birmingham Mail have reported that Graham Taylor has passed away today at the age of 72. Taylor will be remembered best for his work at Watford, where he made the Hornets relevant (his work still exists to this day, notably them being anywhere near the Premier League). Villa fans will hold Taylor in high regard for his spell at Aston Villa where he brought the Villans back into the First Divison and eventually as runners up to the title before he left to complete the thankless task as manager of the England...
7500 To Holte Jan 12, 2017
Aston Villa’s next FA Youth Cup clash has all the makings of a fairytale!

Aston Villa’s next FA Youth Cup clash has all the makings of a fairytale!

Aston Villa’s youngsters will host Broxbourne Borough - from the ninth level of the English Football Pyramid soon. Villa are good at a youth level, so why has no-one made an impact? It took Aston Villa’s youngsters over two hours, but they finally scraped past a resilient Blackburn Rovers side up north at Ewood Park. The Villan’s managed to stay focused and secure a 7-6 penalty shootout victory that will see them into the fifth round of this year’s FA Youth Cup. So, who will they be battling with? Well. It’s not Arsenal or Manchester United, who haven’t made it this far. It’s...
7500 To Holte Jan 10, 2017
Aston Villa are heating up the chase for Barnsley wonderkid James Bree

Aston Villa are heating up the chase for Barnsley wonderkid James Bree

Don’t heat it up too much though, because he may melt. Newspaper journalist Alan Nixon has revealed that Aston Villa are interested in securing Barnsley right-back James Bree. Villa aren’t the only team ready to put money on the line for Bree. According to the Mirror, Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Southampton and West Ham are chasing the Barnsley prospect. Remember though, that Villa have been in this position before regarding transfers and can often find a way to get their man. However, the lure of Manchester City might be too much for Bree, who...
7500 To Holte Jan 10, 2017
Hepburn-Murphy’s contract situation shouldn’t impact his playing time

Hepburn-Murphy’s contract situation shouldn’t impact his playing time

With Jonathan Kodjia gone, Aston Villa need all the attacking power it can get. If Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s good enough, he shouldn’t need to sign a new deal to get in the squad. Last night, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy did something in the U23 match that an Aston Villa senior player hasn’t done since Jonathan Kodjia left for the Africa Cup of Nations: score a goal. With Kodjia, Villa’s only consistent goalscoring threat this season, gone, Steve Bruce is turning to Ross McCormack and Gabby Agbonlahor to lead the line. Hepburn-Murphy, Villa’s 18-year-old starlet who made his Premier...
7500 To Holte Jan 9, 2017
Aston Villa Ladies captain sets sights on FA Cup Final

Aston Villa Ladies captain sets sights on FA Cup Final

Beth Merrick was in Birmingham today for the third round draw Aston Villa Ladies have drawn Cambridge United in the third round of the Women's FA Cup, but last year's quarter finalists have higher ambitions this year, according to captain Beth Merrick. This year, the draw will take place at various locations across the country, and today was the turn of Birmingham's Broadway Academy school. Villa Ladies captain Beth Merrick was on hand to assist two pupils in drawing the 24 teams remaining in the cup. Speaking after the draw, Merrick said: "With everything that goes on in the FA Cup,...
7500 To Holte Jan 8, 2017
Villa 0 Spurs 2: Villa condemned to swift F.A. Cup exit

Villa 0 Spurs 2: Villa condemned to swift F.A. Cup exit

Villa preserved a clean sheet through halftime at White Hart Lane Sunday, but Spurs’ quality emerged in the second half as they outclassed Villa en route to a comfortable victory. Sunday afternoon’s match at White Hart Lane got off to a mundane start. Villa’s lineup saw new signing Sam Johnstone starting in goal, but was not tested once in the first half. Gabby Agbonlahor, tasked with leading the line, created nothing going forward and was often isolated as he chased the ball around Spurs’ back three. The closest either side came to an opening goal was a touch from Jordan Amavi that...
7500 To Holte Jan 8, 2017
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa FA Cup live stream: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa FA Cup live stream: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa travel to face Tottenham in the FA Cup. Well, this could be bad. After crashing out of the League Cup in their first match earlier in the season, Aston Villa have the tough task of traveling to White Hart Lane for their first FA Cup match of the season. And the Tottenham Hotspur side that they’ll “get” to face have been playing some superb football this year. To wit: In their 20 Premier League matches, they’ve gotten points in 18 of them. Earlier this week they beat comfortable league-leaders Chelsea 2-0. Harry Kane...
7500 To Holte Jan 6, 2017
Former Aston Villa star not likely to return.

Former Aston Villa star not likely to return.

Cold-blooded reptiles can’t survive long in Birmingham The big Aston Villa news of the evening was that former Villa midfielder, Fabian Delph, was set to make a shock loan move to Aston Villa. The loan move was ridiculed by many AVFC fans, who despite wanting their team to win games, do not want a proven midfielder associated with their club. However, this story looks like it may stay just that - a story. The Press Association’s Nick Mashiter has put an end to those whispers with a single tweet. Told that, categorically, Villa are not trying to re-sign Fabian Delph from Man City....

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