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7500 To Holte Dec 8, 2016
Aston Villa vs Tottenham Cup Clash set for TV

Aston Villa vs Tottenham Cup Clash set for TV

Villa’s following will be happy as the Villans will grace the box early in 2017. Is your New Years resolution a hope to see Aston Villa possibly get hammered on live television against superior Premier League opposition? Well, you likely won’t be waiting long! Aston Villa travel to White Hart Lane, or wherever Tottenham are deciding to play football games this year, in the Third Round of The FA Cup on Sunday the 8th of January 2017 and the game will be live on BBC One with the match kicking off at 4pm local time. Aston Villa’s chances of success in the competition are slim, but...
7500 To Holte Dec 7, 2016
Villa rumours for January - Rhodes/McCormack swap, Hull goalkeeper targeted

Villa rumours for January - Rhodes/McCormack swap, Hull goalkeeper targeted

As the dark days of December draw in, football fans hearts are warmed by only one thing - and it's not the love and joy of Christmas. It is, of course, wild transfer speculation. And while being in the Championship means that Aston Villa may miss out this year on some of the perennial favourites - the latest Brazilian wonderkid, ageing superstar looks for last payday, fan favourite makes belated return (c'mon Milner, we won't make you play at left-back...) - there's still a fair few Claret and Blue rumours going around. Ross McCormack swap for Jordan Rhodes? This is the big one, though...
7500 To Holte Dec 3, 2016
Leeds United 2 Aston Villa 0: Steve Bruce’s Unbeated Run Ends

Leeds United 2 Aston Villa 0: Steve Bruce’s Unbeated Run Ends

In a cagey affair at Ellend Road Saturday evening, Leeds United pounced on Villa mistakes to emerge victorious. Villa’s visit to Leeds United looked promising for significant stretches of time Saturday, but Steve Bruce’s men will travel home empty-handed. Villa controlled the first half for the most part, but chances were few and far between. Villa’s best opportunities fell to Jonathan Kodjia and Gary Gardner who were both unable to convert. Leeds had the best opportunity of the half as defender Pontes Jansson headed over the bar from point-blank range. After the restart, Albert...
7500 To Holte Dec 3, 2016
Aston Villa vs. Leeds United, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

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

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa visit Leeds United for the first time this month. Forget, for a moment, the setting. This isn’t the Championship. This is two of England’s biggest and most-important clubs facing off at the top half of the table. The 1975 European runners-up against the 1982 champions. These clubs have played 94 times since 1924, and Aston Villa has won 38 of them. But for all of that history, it’s also the first time that this matchup has been contested since 2004. There, in the 2003-04 Premier League season, Aston Villa got a draw and...
7500 To Holte Dec 2, 2016
Aston Villa ladies star on injury: “I’ve never felt pain like it”

Aston Villa ladies star on injury: “I’ve never felt pain like it”

Katie Wilkinson writes about the injury that has temporarily put a halt to her footballing. We’re absolutely thrilled to present Katie Wilkinson as a part-time writer on the site. She is one of the stars of the Aston Villa Ladies squad, but has had to sit out from injury since this summer. We asked if she would be willing to chronicle her return to footballing for us, and she happily obliged. Here is her first report. We were more or less half way through the WSL season, and I was feeling in good shape. I'd been through a tough period personally outside of football at the start of the...
7500 To Holte Dec 1, 2016
Holtecast 106: Let’s talk Leeds United

Holtecast 106: Let’s talk Leeds United

Jack and Robert are joined by Jon Mackenzie to talk about Leeds United Unbeaten in seven games, Aston Villa have found a run of form for the first time in several seasons. This weekend, Steve Bruce’s side will travel to Elland Road for a Saturday primetime match against Leeds United. The Whites sit in fifth place in the Championship, and are enjoying their best stretch in recent memory as well. Ahead of that game, Jack was joined by Jon Mackenzie who provided some excellent Leeds insight. Jon writes for The Square Ball, an award-winning Leeds United fanzine, and a variety of other...
7500 To Holte Dec 1, 2016
Jonathan Kodjia wins November PFA Award

Jonathan Kodjia wins November PFA Award

Kodjia is so good, and the Professional Footballers' Association agrees A hardy congratulations to Jonathan Kodjia for being awarded The Professional Footballers' Association player of the month for November. It was well deserved and celebrated by the club, fans, and fellow players. The ridiculous and joyful gif (hard g) below may not actually be about the award -- but I like to think it fits nonetheless. Check us out on @instagram at 'avfcofficial' as @J_Kodjia and a whole host of other players star in our 2016 #AdventCalendar teaser! pic.twitter.com/xfw9RJbdLw— Aston Villa FC...
7500 To Holte Nov 27, 2016

From the stands: Aston Villa vs Cardiff

Winning sure is easy, am I right? Yesterday, Aston Villa welcomed Cardiff City back to Villa Park for the first time since 2013, and once again, Villa were able to send the visitors back to Wales empty handed. This was the second game that I've attended at Villa Park this season, and compared to Fulham last month, Cardiff probably brought twice as many fans. They also let off a blue flare/smoke bomb early in the game though, so they lose a little goodwill on that account. Overall, it was a pretty lively atmosphere, helped of course, by a good performance on the pitch from the Villa. After...
7500 To Holte Nov 26, 2016

Aston Villa 3 Cardiff City 1: Adomah leads Villa to victory

A goal and an assist from Albert Adomah helped Villa secure three points at Villa Park Saturday afternoon. On a cloudy afternoon at Villa Park, Albert Adomah scored and assisted to help Steve Bruce’s unbeaten run in charge of Villa stretch to 7 matches. Saturday’s visitors Cardiff City made the brighter start in the opening minutes, but were unable to produce any real scoring opportunities. The game quieted down after Cardiff’s strong start, but Villa were soon ahead in the 24th minute after a streaking run from Jordan Amavi reached the Cardiff City penalty box and crossed to find...
7500 To Holte Nov 26, 2016

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

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa host Cardiff City. Since Steve Bruce took over at Aston Villa, he’s been in charge of six matches. Four of those came against squads in the top half of the Championship table, and he’s still managed three wins and three draws. In his two matches against lower-half teams, he got a draw in his debut against Wolves, and a 2-1 win against Blackburn. So with the team seemingly starting to click and get things together, this match, against 21st-place Cardiff City, seems like a good chance to put on a show. At home, in front of a...
7500 To Holte Nov 26, 2016

What to watch for in Aston Villa vs Cardiff City

Steve Bruce and Aston Villa look to continue their charge up the table this afternoon with a home game against Neil Warnock's Cardiff City. Still in 15th, a win for Villa can't quite propel them into the play-off places but it can certainly put them within touching distance. Here's a few things to look out for: Battle of the veterans Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock have both been parachuted into struggling Championship sides, with Warnock joining Cardiff in October and winning three out of his six games in charge. Bruce joined Villa in October - and has led his side to three victories since...
7500 To Holte Nov 25, 2016

Celebrate Black Friday and Aston Villa with Art of Football!

It’s time to get a deal in. So we’ve done some promotional work with Art of Football before, and I was delighted when they contacted me to see if we'd like to do something for Black Friday. You see, Art of Football make some of the best, well... football art around! Their Aston Villa collection right now is probably the best set of Claret and Blue designs around. There’s a print of the infamous Peter Withe goal that spurred Villa to European Glory, or a fantastic image of Dalian Atkinson’s most famous moment. You can wear either of these designs as well! If you're...
7500 To Holte Nov 22, 2016

Aston Villa again linked with Jordan Rhodes

Guess what? It still doesn't make any sense. The transfer window opens in just over a month, but already, the rumours are starting to circulate. Today, Aston Villa have been linked with a January move for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, according to several reports. This isn't the first time that Villa have been linked with the Scottish striker, as Boro allegedly blocked a deadline day move last summer. On the surface, making a move for another striker makes zero sense, especially considering that Rhodes will cost Villa around £10m. That isn't to say that Rhodes isn't worth that...
7500 To Holte Nov 21, 2016

Do Aston Villa really need to replace Gollini?

The answer is very simple. Aston Villa have recently been linked with various moves for a new goalkeeper. This, my friends, is a bad decision waiting to happen. You can’t have enough players, especially when you’re a team like Aston Villa, who have struggled with various squad-depth related issues for eons now, but Villa’s search for a new goalkeeper might be disastrous. Take for example Villa’s last few years under the mishap-prone Brad Guzan, Villa didn’t actually ever endeavour to look for a goalkeeper despite Guzan’s clear decline as a player, this was a terrible...
7500 To Holte Nov 21, 2016

Under Bruce, Villa are excelling against the Championship’s top sides

Aston Villa’s results at Reading, Birmingham and Brighton are the most encouraging signs of life yet this season. Aston Villa just finished their toughest five-match stretch of the season. No, really. Take a look back at the run of fixtures Steve Bruce’s side has endured over the past five weeks: Villa travelled to third-place Reading, fifth-placed Birmingham and second-placed Brighton, and in the middle of it all, hosted eighth-placed Fulham (and bottom-three Blackburn). Three road matches, all against top-five opposition, with another tough home match tacked on. And yet, the Villa...
7500 To Holte Nov 21, 2016

Villa’s promotion odds continue to shorten

Amid an improved spell of play under Steve Bruce, Villa’s promotion odds are now among the shortest of all teams in the Championship. A few weeks ago, talks of Aston Villa promotion were difficult to get on board with. Roberto di Matteo’s Aston Villa often showed the capacity for dominance, sometimes even in long stretches of time, but also displayed a crippling inability to survive crucial periods unscathed. Di Matteo’s nine lives all eventually expired, replaced by English football veteran Steve Bruce. Since Bruce’s arrival, Villa have been a different team - confident and no...
7500 To Holte Nov 20, 2016

Where will Aston Villa finish? We did the math!

Number fun for the whole family. Table math time! I’ve seen a handful of folks talking about points per game and table placement. So I thought this blog could serve as a useful one stop shop for the rest of the campaign that can be easily updated. Then you can steal my math and impress all your online and pub friends. First — a baseline is needed. I averaged out the last five Championship tables to get point values for each place. Feel free to check my math. (Didn’t realize Leicester hit triple digits a few years back). Average Table So with that as the...
7500 To Holte Nov 19, 2016

Three things we learned from Brighton 1 - 1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa came away from the south coast feeling unlucky not to have beaten an in-form Brighton side lying second in the Championship. There was a lot to take away from a positive performance but here's three highlights: Villa finally looked decent over a whole 90 minutes While during the first-half Brighton may have been on top in terms of possession and there were a few testing moments for the Villa defence, Steve Bruce's team looked solid enough. After Nathan Baker's delightful headed goal Villa actually seemed to be edging it, before Glenn Murray scored an admittedly excellent...
7500 To Holte Nov 18, 2016

Instant Recap: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Villa went to Brighton and came away with a point We all knew that this wouldn’t be an easy game. Brighton & Hove Albion came in on a 10-match unbeaten run and placed second in the Championship. Villa, who started the day in 14th, had gone five matches without defeat. Both of those runs continued as there was nothing to split the sides; and the match ended 1-1. Nathan Baker opened the scoring 20 minutes in with his first goal for the club. You can watch it here. Albert Adomah provided the ball on a silver platter with an inswinging cross that Baker met with his head, sending it into the...
7500 To Holte Nov 18, 2016

WATCH: Nathan Baker’s first Aston Villa goal makes it 1-0

Baker’s header opened the scoring today Aston Villa paid a visit to Brighton and Hove Albion and the Amex Stadium Friday night hoping for a draw. That would have been a good result against the team sitting in second place in the Football League Championship. It’s been pretty back-and-forth so far, but in the 20th minute Nathan Baker opened the scoring for the Villans. Nathan Baker gives #AVFC a 1-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/kAOosRyO1S— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) November 18, 2016 Albert Adomah whipped in a cross from a set piece, and Nathan Baker met the ball with an inch-perfect...

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