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7500 To Holte Sep 27, 2017
Expected Villa: Analyzing a third consecutive AVFC league win

Expected Villa: Analyzing a third consecutive AVFC league win

Aston Villa won for the third straight time in Championship action Tuesday night, thrashing Burton Albion by a 4-0 scoreline. What’s the big statistical takeaway from the win? Welcome to Expected Villa (xV), a post-match column on the stats behind Villa’s results. One of the reasons I really love looking at football through a mathematical lens is that it allows us to sidestep our conventional, results-based bias to take a look at how the match actually played out. Did it play out exactly how we saw? Which moments are emphasized? Aston Villa thrashed Burton Albion 4-0 last night for...
7500 To Holte Sep 26, 2017
Aston Villa become lions once more as they tear apart Burton Albion

Aston Villa become lions once more as they tear apart Burton Albion

A four-nil away victory does not come often, but Villa could have had more Well - that was certainly something different. Despite Burton’s poor standing in the league, not many could have predicted the manner in which Aston Villa blew the Brewers away, as though they were crumbs on their shirt! Aston Villa endured a strong Burton attack early on as Sean Scannell did his best to frustrate with two slicing endeavours into the Villa box. Burton started off well, but a moment of class ended that, quickly. Ahmed Elmohamady had already came close with a cross that met the head of Jonathan...
7500 To Holte Sep 26, 2017
Burton Albion vs Aston Villa stream: Lineups, game thread and how to follow online

Burton Albion vs Aston Villa stream: Lineups, game thread and how to follow online

Aston Villa look to build a winning streak in this slice of midweek action And it’s Aston Villa. Aston Villa FC! And so it goes. We might not be by far the greatest team that the world has ever seen, but we’ve got a huge chance to make it three league wins on the bounce tonight. However, we need to get past Nigel, son of Brian, Clough tonight and his Burton Albion - known for their acidic playstyle that breaks hardy teams down. If Villa focus too hard on the win, they might find themselves caught out - like last year. Here’s how you can watch. As it’s not a televised tie - this...
7500 To Holte Sep 25, 2017
Burton Albion vs Aston Villa: Match preview

Burton Albion vs Aston Villa: Match preview

Villa want to keep the good times rolling, but a tricky tie away at Burton might undo a little bit of their hard work. Here’s the need to know Tomorrow evening, Aston Villa head up the road to take on the lionheated Burton Albion, who come to the table small, but can deliver a hefty punch to break the jaw of teams that come on a bit too strongly over in Burton. What to know about Aston Villa Ever since Reading, Aston Villa haven’t really looked back. Despite two 0-0 draws at Villa Park against Brentford and Boro, Villa found their feet via Albert Adomah and have went six games unbeaten...
7500 To Holte Sep 25, 2017
‘Tis the season to play: Aston Villa’s FIFA 18 Player Ratings

‘Tis the season to play: Aston Villa’s FIFA 18 Player Ratings

It’s approaching that time where we can get on our hands on the latest version of our preferred football game. The football has been back at Villa Park for nearly two months now. Each season that means it is the time of the year where popular football simulation games are being released. Maybe you’re a loyalist and play only as ‘West Midlands Village.’ Or rather, you are like Gareth Barry and choose to dive into the time consuming abyss of Football Manager. There is also the widely popular option of FIFA and what it has to offer. If you are like most of us on our staff, you’ve...
7500 To Holte Sep 25, 2017
Expected Villa: One moment decided a pretty even match

Expected Villa: One moment decided a pretty even match

Last year, Nottingham Forest stole a point at Villa Park in a largely undeserved 2-2 draw. The Claret and Blues turned the tables a bit Saturday, defeating Forest when a draw might have been the “just” result. Welcome to Expected Villa (xV), a post-match column on the stats behind Villa’s results. One of the reasons I really love looking at football through a mathematical lens is that it allows us to sidestep our conventional, results-based bias to take a look at how the match actually played out. Did it play out exactly how we saw? Which moments are emphasized? Aston Villa’s...
7500 To Holte Sep 24, 2017
Holtecast 116: The Sheriffs of Nottingham

Holtecast 116: The Sheriffs of Nottingham

Aston Villa are kicking ass and taking names - for once. James Rushton and Jack Grimse dissect the action Aston Villa win, twice within a week, and that’s good. What’s better? Having Jack Grimse back on the Holtecast. BeIn Sports took Jack away from our clutches, so that is why you’re stuck with James and his rotation of guests. But Jack is back! And that’s good news, especially when dissecting a Villa win - and some choice comments from Aston Villa’s CEO that could be taken in one of a few ways. Your feedback is appreciated as well! Get in touch. If you’re on Apple News, head...
7500 To Holte Sep 24, 2017
For Aston Villa fans, there are no ‘bad wins’

For Aston Villa fans, there are no ‘bad wins’

Every win for Villa should not be followed with blind optimism, but hope should spring - at the very least “We didn’t deserve that” or “What a poor win” are things you may have heard after last night’s 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest. Now, these statements can be true - but sometimes, a certain portion of our fanbase can be overwhelmingly negative and that’s probably why I feel the way I do when I walk to Villa Park or hear the boos after every single wayward ball. Maybe it is because we expect so much more from Aston Villa than scraping a win every now and then. That’s...
7500 To Holte Sep 24, 2017
From The Stands: Albert Adomah - the encapsulation of football

From The Stands: Albert Adomah - the encapsulation of football

Drunkeness, toothache and the antics of Albert Adomah sum up the Nottingham Forest game I don’t often have many reasons to be unhappy before an Aston Villa match. I get a lift there and back, so travel isn’t often a worry. Villa aren’t an awful team that lose at home every week, so there’s that. The thing is with Villa, is that a depressing malaise seems to set in now and then - even in positive times. It often feels almost physical at Villa Park and maybe it’s the weight of expectation. When I can define this feeling and locate it and report it, accurately for what it is,...
7500 To Holte Sep 24, 2017
An ode to Conor Hourihane

An ode to Conor Hourihane

After rescuing three points for Villa Saturday evening, let’s take a moment to appreciate Villa’s dynamic Irish midfielder. Conor Hourihane’s free kick in the 60th minute of Saturday’s match against Nottingham Forrest was very uncharacteristic of Aston Villa in recent years. Everything besides that moment was trademark Villa: an impressive first half resulted in only a one goal cushion and was soon squandered shortly into the second half with the concession of a cheap equalizer. On another day, it would have been another frustrating draw at home to a sub-par opponent, and would...
7500 To Holte Sep 24, 2017
Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest: Player Ratings

Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest: Player Ratings

Aston Villa earn three vital points on a nervy Saturday afternoon at Villa Park. After Aston Villa exited the Carabao Cup at the hands of fellow promotion rival Middlesborough, many supporters were left a little on edge. Yesterday Steve Bruce and his men returned to Villa Park on the heels of a 3-0 victory last Saturday at Barnsley. To face Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest side, the Villa manager selected the same starting XI and 4-4-2 formation that had success last weekend in South Yorkshire. After Albert Adomah’s goal in the 15th minute and a first half in which Forest were unable...
7500 To Holte Sep 23, 2017
Instant Recap Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Instant Recap Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Back in action in the Championship, Aston Villa looked to carry over their goal scoring form at Villa Park welcoming Forest. An exciting morning for Aston Villa began with Ross McCormack being shipped off to Australian side Melbourne City to begin to rehab his career. It was first reported by Ray Gatt of The Australia via tweet and confirmed by Dr Tony himself. It's not rumor. Hope RM can work out and win him back this time.— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) September 23, 2017 Few details on the move right now, but the agreement looks to be a short term loan so there’s a chance that we...
7500 To Holte Sep 23, 2017
Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest stream: Lineups, game time and how to follow online

Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest stream: Lineups, game time and how to follow online

Here’s how you can watch Villa today! Things change so quickly in the Championship. It seemed just weeks ago that Steve Bruce was heading for the sack. While complaints still remain, things are much rosier. A three goal win and a clean sheet away from home will do that for you, though. Now? Villa welcome Nottingham Forest to Villa Park in a game that could galvanise their season. Come on you Villa boys As it is a televised tie - this match will NOT be LIVE STREAMED on AVTV, for an international audience. If you are outside of the UK and Ireland for future games, here’s all you need to...
7500 To Holte Sep 22, 2017
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest preview: Will the real Aston Villa please stand up?

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest preview: Will the real Aston Villa please stand up?

Steve Bruce promises expansive Aston Villa; fans wait for proof coming off second league win & mid-week cup loss. On Tuesday we asked if Aston Villa were going to play the cup tie with a view toward rotation or momentum. Fans got rotation — and it was as bad as it could have been. However — it was a cup match which means it doesn’t really matter toward the one shiny goal of the season — promotion. The Nottingham Forest match is the focus — but the question remains can the squad keep the momentum from the second win of the campaign from last weekend and recover from the mid-week...
7500 To Holte Sep 19, 2017
League Cup Instant Recap Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough

League Cup Instant Recap Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough

Tuesday evening saw Middlesbrough make their way back to Villa Park to see a nearly completely new side from the Claret and Blue in the Carabao Cup. Just a week removed from their 0-0 draw against Boro, Aston Villa put in nine substitutions while holding over Birkir Bjarnason and Henri Lansbury for the rematch. Middlesbrough was even more fickle only returning Ben Gibson to the lineup. The match looked to allow Villa’s depth to attempt to get their feet underneath them. Scott Hogan was eager to put in a shift to show he deserves to pull some minutes back from the pressing Keinan...

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