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7500 To Holte 10 hours ago

Villa co-leading scorer healthy for Tottenham, will solve all problems

Andreas Weimann and Nathan Baker will be ready for this weekend's Aston Villa match against Tottenham. Listen, when you've been struggling to score goals for 531 minutes, it helps to have a proven, potent striking option available. And that's why I'm ready to declare Aston Villa's problem's in the attack solved, because Andi Weimann will be healthy this weekend. Andi has, of course, provided fully 50% of Villa's goals this season and is an unimpeachable part of this attack. Never mind the fact that he's been in a few of these last few scoreless matches he has numbers on his side! HALF of...
7500 To Holte 14 hours ago
Aston Villa loanee hit with seven-match ban for racism

Aston Villa loanee hit with seven-match ban for racism

Aston Villa's Aleksandar Tonev, who is currently on loan with Celtic, has been given a seven-match ban for racist comments. The Scottish FA have given Aleksandar Tonev a seven-match ban for "using abusive language of a racist nature" while playing with Celtic. The winger is currently on loan with the Scottish side, and the comments allegedly came in a match against Aberdeen. The comments were apparently directed at defender Shay Logan. Tonev and Celtic will be appealing the ban, so we should perhaps hold ourselves back from judging too quickly, but it's pretty easy to see that this would...
7500 To Holte 15 hours ago

Aleksandar Tonev Arrives at Misconduct Hearing.

Aston Villa's Bulgarian midfielder arrives at Hampden after an alleged incident of misconduct whilst on-loan at Celtic. Aleksandar Tonev has today arrived at a Hampden hearing where he will learn of his punishment after charges following an allegation of racism after a confrontation with Aberdeen defender, Shay Logan. The Scottish FA are accusing the Bulgarian of breaching disciplinary rule 202, which means Tonev has, or is accused of excessive misconduct by the use of offensive or racial language. The incident occurred in the second half of an Aberdeen-Celtic match on the 19th of...
7500 To Holte Oct 29, 2014
What could you do in the 8.85 hours since Villa last scored?

What could you do in the 8.85 hours since Villa last scored?

Aston Villa are currently in one of the longest scoring droughts the team has had in recent memory. Rather than watching the matches, how could you have better spent the time? Last season Aston Villa went 451 minutes without scoring at one point. I did some research then and found out that it was the longest such streak since before 2010. I probably could have gone back farther to figure out definitely what streak before that was worse (there has to have been one, right?) but it was wildly depressing and so I left it at that. Well, as has been noted plenty of times, Villa have blown past...
7500 To Holte Oct 28, 2014
QPR 2, Villa 0: That went about as horribly as it could have

QPR 2, Villa 0: That went about as horribly as it could have

Paul Lambert's side lost 2-0 to former bottom-side Queens Park Rangers yesterday. And tactically, he got it all wrong. Most weeks, this is a comprehensive match recap, focused more on what happened the previous day than anything else. And then Aston Villa went to bottom side QPR and lost 2-0. The short version of a match recap: Villa started out playing well! No, really! Ashley Westwood put a shot on target just four minutes in and Carlos Sánchez had a rocket from distance saved on 15. Villa controlled the game for the first quarter of an hour and then a stupid thing happened. Rangers...
7500 To Holte Oct 27, 2014

Vote for your Aston Villa Man of the Match

Who did you think the Man of the Match was in Aston Villa's loss against Queens Park Rangers? Vote in the poll below! Charlie Austin's early goal gave QPR a 1-0 lead at Loftus Road. Before the goal, Rangers had literally done nothing. Villa looked better in the first half, but had no success crossing the ball and the scoreless streak stretched to 486 minutes. Finally ready for the Premier League apparently, Carlos Sánchez had a great first half. However, he made a very bad turnover in the second half that led to QPR's second goal. Brad Guzan made a save with 15 minutes left that kept it 2-0,...
7500 To Holte Oct 27, 2014

Instant reaction to Aston Villa embarrassing themselves against QPR

I can't take it anymore. Aston Villa are terrible and their loss to QPR tonight demonstrated that. Why are you here? Why are you reading this? Here's my instant reaction to Villa's fifth loss in as many matches: they're absolutely terrible and atrocious and good lord there is nothing positive to say about this team. If you, like me, have been watching Villa this season, you've just seen 450 consecutive minutes of suck. Add onto that the 81 minutes without a goal in the Liverpool match and this is a team that is barely worth caring about. Paul Lambert has just been given a new contract, and...
7500 To Holte Oct 27, 2014
Aston Villa vs. QPR: CONFIRMED LINEUPS, open match thread

Aston Villa vs. QPR: CONFIRMED LINEUPS, open match thread

Here are the lineups for Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers, along with an open match thread. Join us in the comments! Aston Villa travel to London and Loftus Road to take on a Queens Park Rangers team that is in the basement of the English Premier League table. It wasn't a long time ago, but it seems like forever since Villa were in second, but four straight losses have dropped the club to 15th place. A 441 minute scoreless streak since Gabby Agbonlahor scored in the ninth minute at Anfield is underway, and if the match gets to the tenth minute today without a Villa goal, the club will...
7500 To Holte Oct 27, 2014

Villa face the biggest game of the young season in trip to face QPR

Aston Villa haven't scored in over a month and are on a four-game run of multi-goal losses. A date with QPR seems like just the thing to get things back on track, and that's exactly what needs to happen. It's been an interesting start to the season for Aston Villa; given the quality of opposition they've faced, 10 points from 8 games isn't an especially poor record by any stretch. Villa have done as well or better than expected from their three games against less than sterling opposition. and they've picked up an unexpected win against a team to which they were a heavy underdog. Given the...
7500 To Holte Oct 27, 2014
How can Villa get three points at QPR?

How can Villa get three points at QPR?

What tactics will manager Paul Lambert use to try to get a road win against Queens Park Rangers on Monday? Four hundred forty one minutes. That is how long Aston Villa have gone without scoring. It dates back to September 13, at Anfield, in a match that Villa won 1-0. Speaking of Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers lost just last week 3-2 against the Reds, thanks to own goals from central defenders Steven Caulker and Richard Dunne. The two goals they scored means the pair now have more scored two more goals for Liverpool than Mario Balotelli. Former Villa man Dunne now holds the record for most...
7500 To Holte Oct 26, 2014
Tough Villa fixtures continue but light shines at the end of the tunnel

Tough Villa fixtures continue but light shines at the end of the tunnel

The fixture list has been horrible to Villa, but if we can find form and confidence there are plenty of winnable games on the horizon. The worst is over, but the next 4 games are still very tough The top 5 all in a row. It will never get harder than that. But sadly for us, we're not looking at the group of winnable games you might expect. The next 4 games will be very difficult too: QPR (a) - A game you would have put down as a potential banana skin (read "Villa will lose this") before the season began. QPR have been poor, which makes this game seem more winnable. But Redknapp is under...
7500 To Holte Oct 24, 2014

Aston Villa and the rain-protected winger

Charlie Athersmith was not only a great player for Aston Villa, but he once did something very amusing. This edition of Holte History is about Charlie Athersmith. Mr. Athersmith was by all accounts an excellent player and had a great career in claret and blue. But there was one fact about him that really made him stand out as a potential person to write about. You'll know what it is when we get there. William Charles Athersmith was born in Bloxwich in Staffordshire on May 10, 1872. He played for the wonderfully named Bloxwich Strollers in his early career before signing for Aston Villa in...
7500 To Holte Oct 23, 2014
Shocking stat: 133 Premier League goals since Villa's last

Shocking stat: 133 Premier League goals since Villa's last

It's time we took a closer look at Aston Villa goal-scoring futility. Christian Benteke, you're our only hope. It's been a while since we've gotten to do an Aston Villa in Four Numbers that focuses on a scoring drought, but here we are again! Let's dive in! 441 Minutes since Aston Villa last scored a goal. And that was in the 9th minute against Liverpool, the thrilling 0-1 win that put Villa in second place and had us all thinking that maybe, just maybe, we could survive the coming stretch with a shred of dignity. 441 goalless minutes later and we're starting to wonder if that's still a...
7500 To Holte Oct 23, 2014

Podcast: We considered changing our name to the Aston Villa Badcast

We're beginning to feel a bit like Count von Count after yet another three-goal loss. "Four losses in a row! One! Two! Three! Four! Ah! Ha! Ha!" While losing to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and now Everton isn't the end of the world, four in a row feel pretty bad. We dive in during this week's podcast. Alright, losing 3-0 to Arsenal is fine. Doing the same to Chelsea? Acceptable. A 2-0 loss that was competitive for 82 minutes to Manchester City was even, dare we say it, encouraging. But 3-0 to Everton? A team that had allowed more goals than any other in the Premier League? Well,...
7500 To Holte Oct 22, 2014
Answers to

Answers to "Is ___ ready for the Premier League?"

Paul Lambert has told us this week that Carlos Sánchez is ready for the Premier League and Jores Okore is not. Let's see what else falls into each category! Paul Lambert has taken to declaring players "ready" or "not ready" for the Premier League this week, and I thought we might take some time to help the gaffer. What follows is a list of people and things and a decision as to whether or not they are ready for the Premier League. I've also taken suggestions from twitter, but feel free to add your own in comments! Jores Okore - Not ready You know, despite the fact that he has been named...
7500 To Holte Oct 22, 2014

Fantasy update: Diego out, Drogba in

Avoiding injuries is a big part of being successful in fantasy football. Make sure to update your lineup accordingly. Prolific Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to miss this weekend's match against Manchester United due to a continually nagging hamstring injury. Personally, I had Costa as captain and he has been personally responsible for keeping my team afloat. It's a big problem for José Mourinho, and if you were looking to go to his backup Loïc Rémy, it will be a problem for you as well. The Frenchman is out too after leaving yesterday's Champions League match early on. You could...
7500 To Holte Oct 22, 2014

Villa are playing a broken formation

4 losses in a row, with no goals scored and 11 goals against. Lambert shows no signs of changing from a 4-3-3 that is currently deeply flawed in both defence and attack. As I have noted in previous columns, for all his reputation as a tactical chameleon, Paul Lambert has set his team up in a remarkably consistent fashion during his time at Villa - a 4-3-3, hoping to exploit the pace of our wide forwards  with the ball and able to switch quickly back to a solid 4-5-1 without it. Unfortunately Villa's recent string of results outlines almost every possible issue with the 4-3-3 when played...
7500 To Holte Oct 21, 2014
Sánchez to finally feature for Villa?

Sánchez to finally feature for Villa?

Paul Lambert claims that Carlos Sánchez is now ready to play in the Premier League. So far, Carlos Sánchez has made just two starts and three substitute appearances. After joining Aston Villa from Elche for £4.7 million, many people (myself included) figured Sánchez would be a regular in Villa's midfield. He has been kept out of the lineup for a couple reasons. First, the form of Ashley Westwood has been great. Additionally, it can take time for players to adjust to the pace of the Premier League. Now, in an interview with the Birmingham Mail, manager Paul Lambert claims the Colombian...
7500 To Holte Oct 20, 2014
One Moment: Winger's performance personifies woeful Villa

One Moment: Winger's performance personifies woeful Villa

Were we expected to win? No, but we were expected to turn up. They all need the hairdryer treatment, but one man needs it more than the rest... I’m going to start by giving credit to Tom Cleverley and Alan Hutton. They gave a decent account of themselves against Everton. If the 9 other players had approached the game with a similar mentality and application, we would have stood a chance. Sadly, the rest of them put in a performance barely worthy of the shirt. Without going into copious amounts of detail in the lack of pressing, defensive cohesion and clueless attacking, there’s little...
7500 To Holte Oct 20, 2014

Lambert says that injury for Villa defender "looks pretty bad"

Paul Lambert has informed us all that Nathan Baker's hamstring injury sustained against Everton "looks pretty bad." Great. Ron Vlaar missed for a bit, Philippe Senderos is currently out, Jores Okore is off in some dark netherworld, and now we can add Nathan Baker to the list of injured Villa defenders. Wheee! Baker, as you may remember, got taken off in the first half this weekend at Everton. It turns out the reason was, well, let me allow Paul Lambert to explain it: "It's his hamstring. It looks pretty bad at the moment. We'll just have to see how it is." Great. Just wonderful. So with...