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7500 To Holte 6 hours ago

Delph disappoints for England

England drew 1-1 with Italy, with no thanks to Villa's Fabian Delph Fabian Delph has put in a real 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance over his last two International appearances. If his mazy attacking game against Lithuania represented the best of him, then tonight's match with Italy represented the worst of him. Misplaced passing was Fabian's main bugbear today and some incredibly dodgy decisions by Aston Villa's current captain led to Italian chances. Delph's runs and positioning seemed to be as good as always, but his final product was not of the quality of his counterparts, especially his...
7500 To Holte 6 hours ago

International recap: Christian Benteke vs. Israel

The Aston Villa striker didn't score today in Euro qualifying. Christian Benteke started for Belgium in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Israel today. He was subbed off 67 minutes into the match, due to Vincent Kompany picking up a second yellow card and Belgium manager Marc Wilmots needing to bring on another defender. Benteke didn't have his best match in a Red Devils shirt, but he wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination. He came close to recording an assist three minutes in, when his pass to Axel Witsel allowed the Zenit man to shoot, but the effort went just inches...
7500 To Holte 12 hours ago

REVEALED: Aston Villa buyers will receive actual villa in deal

Looking for a house near Aston Villa's training grounds? If you're looking for a new house within a half hour drive of Villa Park, have I got a deal for you. For the low price of £150 million pounds, you can be the owner of a farmhouse situated on sixteen acres of land in Bodymoor Heath. Did I mention that the mansion, nay, villa, has history? I mean, the house itself has been resided in by millionaire Randy Lerner, but the real history comes in the accessories. If you purchase this house, Mr. Lerner will be willing to throw in one of the founding members of The Football League and one of...
7500 To Holte 13 hours ago

Defender to ride white horse, save Villa from injury crisis for Man United clash

We're saved! We're saved! When it broke yesterday that Jores Okore had, well, broken, it seemed as if Aston Villa would only have one healthy centre back for this weekend's match at Old Trafford against Manchester United. The options for filling in the slot next to Ciaran Clark were limited at best and nothing seemed to be a good fit. But never fear, for erstwhile club captain Ron Vlaar will ride in on his white horse and save Aston Villa from their injury crisis. The Dutch defender has declared himself fit for Saturday's clash, and if he can actually get through an entire match his...
7500 To Holte Mar 30, 2015

Sherwood running out of defensive options for Manchester United clash

With news that Jores Okore will likely miss this weekend's match against Manchester United, we are left to wonder: who will play next to Ciaran Clark? Earlier today we found out that Aston Villa central defender Jores Okore will likely miss this weekend's match against Manchester United due to a knee injury that he picked up while training for Denmark. Already this season, Villa have lost approximately six combined months of playing time due to international-duty injuries sustained by Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos, and the addition of this one (plus the fact that Senderos doesn't seem...
7500 To Holte Mar 30, 2015

Villa sale rumours: Boehly and Silverman are the new names to know

It must be the international break because newspapers are churning out rumours of Aston Villa's sale. Reports in The Sun that were later parroted by the Birmingham Mail (and are now being parroted by us!) say that American investment bankers Henry Silverman and Todd Boehly are considering purchasing Aston Villa. The club has been for sale since last May, and these latest rumours follow hot on the heels of news that a UK-based group were looking at taking over the claret and blues. Silverman was the Chief Operating Officer of private equity firm Apollo Global Management but was hired by...
7500 To Holte Mar 30, 2015

Villa injury crisis deepens ahead of Manchester United clash

Tim Sherwood may have only one centre back from which to choose when the team heads to Old Trafford. Aston Villa have been struggling to get a healthy defensive line for weeks now. Philippe Senderos has been injured since the last international break, Nathan Baker is out with mysterious ailments that we don't know anything about, and captain Ron Vlaar is seemingly constantly on the verge of being ready to re-join the team but just injured enough not to. And that's just the centre backs! To that list we can now add Jores Okore, who injured his knee while training with Denmark over the...
7500 To Holte Mar 28, 2015

Has Lerner agreed a deal to sell Aston Villa?

Aston Villa look set to be sold at the end of the season, if a recent report is true! We might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or so says Neil Moxley of the Sunday People. Moxley has reported that Villa's owner, Randy Lerner, has entered a final stage of discussions with a consortium based in the United Kingdom. The final asking price for Villa seems to be the £150 million tag that Lerner set himself, which will see him make a tidy profit of over £80 million (which of course excludes the many millions he has spent of wages and players..) If this report turns out to be true,...
7500 To Holte Mar 28, 2015

Lambert: I've nothing but good things to say about Aston Villa

Villa's ex-boss clears the air on a recent TV appearence We've long since moved on and it appears that Paul Lambert is ready to do the same. Lambert had taken a step back from the spotlight after leaving Villa in February in order to expand on his knowledge of the game by hanging out with that Jurgen Klopp character before taking on his UEFA PRO exams. Aston Villa's old manager appeared on the BBC's Football Focus earlier today in what seems to be an attempt to get himself out there for his next role. Obviously, Lambert wasn't just there to be a pretty Scottish face and was grilled on his...
7500 To Holte Mar 27, 2015

21 years later: Share your memories of Aston Villa's '94 League Cup win

Aston Villa won the League Cup 21 years ago today. Let us know your memories of that great day! Exactly 21 years ago today Aston Villa hoisted the League Cup trophy at Wembley after beating Manchester United 3-1 in the final. It's not the most recent trophy of note that the club have won (that would be the 1996 League Cup final over Leeds United), but it's widely regarded as the best moment the club have had in at least the past 25 years. ON THIS DAY: Villa saw off Manchester United to lift the League Cup in 1994. A first half goal from Dalian Atkinson and a late brace from Dean...
7500 To Holte Mar 27, 2015

Villa striker Graham Burke to bolster Notts County relegation fight

Aston Villa have given League One side use of Graham Burke until season's end. One day after we found out that 20-year-old left back Lewis Kinsella was being loaned to Luton Town, we've got another young Villan being sent off to the lower leagues for the rest of the season. Striker Graham Burke will head to League One side Notts County on a two-month loan effective immediately. Burke will be available for the Magpies in time for their clash against Scunthorpe tomorrow. Burke has made two senior appearances for Aston Villa, but none since the 2012-13 season. Both appearances were in the...
7500 To Holte Mar 26, 2015

Villa defender on loan is a good sign for club's injury crisis

Aston Villa defender Lewis Kinsella tweeted that he was headed out on loan. In the midst of a defensive injury crisis, 20-year-old left back Lewis Kinsella has found himself on the fringes of Aston Villa's first team in the past few weeks. With Aly Cissokho and Kieran Ricahrdson battling knocks and Matthew Lowton and Alan Hutton filling in at left back, Kinsella has moved from academy player to an unused substitute in the club's last four matches. Now he may be headed down to League Two on a loan. Kinsella tweeted (and later deleted) a note saying that he was "Delighted to have signed for...
7500 To Holte Mar 26, 2015

Sherwood hopes injured Villa midfielder will be ready for Manchester United

Don't give up on Joe Cole quite yet! When Joe Cole joined Aston Villa in last summer's transfer window, it was widely known that the club were getting a skilled player who was injury-prone. Since then, those first thoughts have been confirmed. Thanks largely to injury, Cole has only been named to the match-day squad seventeen times in all competitions, and he has only seen the pitch on ten of those occasions. The fact that those ten appearances have only totaled 377 minutes makes the stat even more depressing. But Villa manage Tim Sherwood says don't give up on the old man yet! Cole is...
7500 To Holte Mar 25, 2015

Villa 0 – 1 Swansea Tactical Analysis: Naïveté and injury sink Sherwood

An exciting game was set up by contrasting formations. Tim Sherwood stuck with an open 4-4-2 with attacking full-backs, aiming for a lot of width. Leandro Bacuna retained his place in the side after a great attacking performance against Sunderland and Alan Hutton came back into the side at left-back. Garry Monk went for a diamond formation, with former Villa man Wayne Routledge as a second striker roaming horizontally and Gylfi Sigurdsson at the tip, with Jonjo Shelvey also drifting forwards. The key battle was clear - could Aston Villa make their pace on the wings count before Swansea's...
7500 To Holte Mar 24, 2015

Grealish to choose Ireland over England?

Villa's young starlet might opt for the boys in green if England don't come knocking. A massive choice lies ahead for one of the Aston Villa's brightest stars. Birmingham-born winger Jack Grealish has emerged as one of the Premier League's brightest talents and if all goes well, looks set to boost a international team devoid of creativity. But which one? Even though he was born in England, Jack has Irish ancestry. This is obviously a source of pride for the youngster, who has represented Ireland at a youth level, but could step up to the senior team almost as soon as he gives the thumbs up...
7500 To Holte Mar 24, 2015

International break already giving injury boost to beleagured Aston Villa

Christian Benteke says that he will play for Belgium over the international break. Christian Benteke limped off of the pitch near the end of Saturday's Aston Villa match against Swansea, and many fans thought feared the worst. He had clearly injured his hip, a body part that had already kept him out of the FA Cup quarter-final match against West Bromwich Albion two weeks earlier and after the match Tim Sherwood had no idea how long he would be out for. It turns out the answer to that question might only be a matter of days. Benteke has said that he's fit and ready to play for Belgium...
7500 To Holte Mar 24, 2015

Aston Villa targeting World Cup record breaker?

Aston Villa seem to be chasing up Lazio's World Cup top scorer. Transfer news in mid-March? It's likely not true then, but still exciting enough! According to Talksport, both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur are chasing Lazio's Miroslav Klose. Interestingly enough, Lazio are one of a number of clubs who are chasing Villa's Ron Vlaar. Even more interesting is the fact that both Klose and Vlaar are running out of time on their respective club contracts (Klose has the option for a one year extension). Maybe a last-minute swap deal is on the cards? If so, Aston Villa would be signing the...
7500 To Holte Mar 23, 2015

Proposed FA regulations could drastically alter Villa youth policies

If the FA have their way, English clubs could be subject to far more stringent home grown player rules. Aston Villa are not a significant player in the international transfer market. Yes some of their biggest stars (Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar, Leandro Bacuna, and Carles Gil, for example) come from outside of England, but the club have had to make enough small deals lately that they have plenty of home grown talent. As a result, we haven't had to spend any time discussing whether or not the club's roster construction would be at issue with FA home grown player regulations. But the...
7500 To Holte Mar 23, 2015

Everton save themselves and do the opposite to QPR: Relegation watch

Last week we looked at the bottom seven teams in the relegation fight. We're down to six now, but Villa are still one of them. If you were hoping that this weekend would provide some clarity in the race to survive relegation, I have some bad news for you. The bottom six teams all lost, and they all did so by one goal except for Burnley who let two past. So not only do we not see any changes in points, but relative to one another the goal differentials stay largely the same as well. Let's work our way through those teams in quick order now. You'll notice I've dropped Everton from our...
7500 To Holte Mar 23, 2015

Sherwood effect helping the atmosphere at Villa Park

Gema Lilly gives us a glimpse of a Villa Park that is already feeling the Sherwood effect, even though a loss may have dampened it a bit. Gema Lilly is our next writer in the From the Stands series. She brings us this report from the C6 block in the Trinity Road stand. ----- So here we go then. The atmosphere around the ground is buzzing, and for the first time in a long time I can't hear anyone moaning!!! It seems to me that since I became a Villa season card holder about five years ago, no matter how well we are doing some Villa fans love to moan! No, there's none of that here today....