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Villa make £2.5m move for Premier League winning right-back

Welcome, De Laet! Tony Xia took to Twitter earlier this morning to announce that he’d done his job and signed another player for Aston Villa and whilst there’s still rumours floating around that this mystery man could be anyone from Deandre Yedlin to Mario Balotelli, it’s looking likely that it’s Ritchie De Laet. #avfc poised to confirm £2.5m signing of Ritchie De Laet from #lcfc. Will complete second part of medical this morning— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) August 23, 2016 De Laet is a right-back, which is Villa’s least exciting position right now and needs an upgrade....
7500 To Holte Aug 22, 2016

Aston Villa TV schedule, stream information for 2016-17

We put together a schedule showing whether or not each Aston Villa game will be televised! Coming into the season, we knew that relegation meant that there wouldn't be as many opportunities to watch Aston Villa matches live. Therefore, we put together a master schedule to show whether or not the games are being broadcast, and where you can find them if so. Here are the matches that will be televised: 11 September: Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest: Sky Sports 1/HD (UK/Ireland) 24 September: Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United: Sky Sports 1/HD (UK/Ireland) Over the course of the season, we'll...
7500 To Holte Aug 22, 2016

Libor Kozák looked a man out of time as Aston Villa tied with Derby County

Who is Libor Kozák? Well, he’s a striker. He’s a fan-favourite at Villa Park. He’s not a ‘proven goal-scorer’. He’s injury prone. He’s unlucky. He’s slow. He actually looks like he’d have killed it for Aston Villa back in the roaring twenties. Unfortunately, the modern rules of Association Football do not allow for a battering ram of a forward who can shove smaller defenders out of his path. After Rudy Gestede was taken off early in the first half against Derby County due to injury, the travelling Villa fanbase screamed out for Libor Kozák. It’s a shame that fondness...
7500 To Holte Aug 21, 2016

Three things we learned from Derby 0-0 Aston Villa

1. Westwood and Gardner need to do more to win their places Many Aston Villa fans greeted the sight of Ashley Westwood and Gary Gardner as the defensive midfield duo in a 4-2-3-1 instead of Mile Jedinak and Aaron Tshibola with dismay, the latter two ruled out by paperwork and injury issues. For the first-half Westwood and Gardner seemed determined to prove their doubters wrong. Westwood was unusually aggressive, in particular hounding Derby's star midfielder Will Hughes high up the field. Gardner showed his eye for goal with a long range drive which crashed against the post. They helped...
7500 To Holte Aug 20, 2016

Derby County vs. Aston Villa final score: Yet another encouraging performance

Let’s focus on the upside here: through four Championship matches, Aston Villa have a 1-2-1 record with a positive goal differential. They’ve already got 29% of the point total of last year’s team, and they have yet to be totally outclassed in any of the four league matches thus far. This team is, without question, better prepared than last year’s squad. And any fears that might have existed about relegation after the Luton Town debacle should be gone. But boy oh boy do Aston Villa like to waste opportunities. This was a match that was literally a matter of a few inches away from...
7500 To Holte Aug 20, 2016

Derby County vs Aston Villa halftime tactics: Our expert breaks down the first half

Adam Clark leads the debate over on Facebook as Aston Villa take on Derby. At half-time, Adam Clark, our resident tactics expert took to Facebook to discuss Aston Villa’s solid first half performance against a disappointing Derby County. However, the score remains 0-0. You can watch below! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script',...
7500 To Holte Aug 20, 2016

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

We’ve got everything you need to follow Aston Villa’s trip to Derby County. The match in which we get to see what could have been. Nigel Pearson, manager of hosts Derby County, was the odds-on favorite to become the manager of Aston Villa for most of the early part of the off season. Instead, Tony Xia bought the club and brought in Roberto Di Matteo, who has led Villa to a 1-1-1 record in the Championship. And who is just ten minutes of regular time from actually having a 2-1-0 record thus far. So really, things aren’t going too badly. But still, we’re left to wonder what it would...
7500 To Holte Aug 20, 2016

The Aston Villa Championship Travel Guide: Derby

Aston Villa head up the road to Derby to face Derby County today. Derby is nestled in between Nottingham and Burton-upon-Trent, two more places which will host Aston Villa locally during this long campaign. Writing these little pieces, you start to remember just how much history is embedded into the United Kingdom. Take Derby for instance, founded as a Roman settlement in what’s now known as Little Chester. Just a Roman settlement. Derby was once known as Derventio Coritanorum. I can tell you right now, that’s a name as far away from Derby (or as the locals call it, Daarghbeh) as one...
7500 To Holte Aug 19, 2016

Preview: Villa head to Derby for key early-season clash

Aston Villa and Derby County are among the promotion favourites this year in the Championship, so any result for the Claret and Blues at Pride Park would be a positive one. It’s a little tough to say how we should collectively feel about Aston Villa three Championship matches in. On one hand, Villa have played four fantastic halves of football, been not terrible in one of the other ones, and should have survived the final one. But on the other, two errors have more than likely cost the club three points through three matches. Regardless, a quick look around the Championship should remind...
7500 To Holte Aug 19, 2016

Lescott won't move to Rangers - but why?

Joleon Lescott will not be moving to Rangers, although the exact reason is unclear. Sky reported that Lescott rejected the move to the Scottish side due to family reasons: Joleon Lescott will not be signing for Rangers. The player has decided against a move to Scotland due to family reasons #Rangers — Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) 19 de agosto de 2016 But the BBC subsequently reported that it understood the move fell through due to a failed medical: Joleon Lescott's proposed move to Rangers falls through: https://t.co/qiCH4z6kqK — BBC Football News (@bbcfoot) 19 de agosto...
7500 To Holte Aug 18, 2016

Aston Villa’s clashes with Rotherham and Huddersfield show two polar opposites.

Is there more to life than football? Sardines. That’s what we were. Rammed in together on the 2.10 train that heads to Lichfield via Aston from Birmingham New Street. The songs rang out as we drew closer to Aston station - similar to those of last year but with new names. Instead of ‘Stuck in the middle Ayew’, we were treated to a simple rendition of an elongated ‘ohh’ followed by ‘Ross McCormack’. The world’s greatest lyricists might look down upon this, this rather primitive stanza - where syllables bulge out the side like a dress that doesn’t fit - but, well; that’s...
7500 To Holte Aug 18, 2016

Aston Villa weigh up offer for DeAndre Yedlin

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa are considering an offer for Tottenham Hotspur's Deandre Yedlin. The young right-back burst onto the scene at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in a United States team that exceeded expectations. The mercurial defender was snapped up by Tottenham, but hasn't made much of a splash since joining Spurs. He was loaned to a Sunderland team last season, where he managed to impress on the odd occasion. However, he could now be the man to solve Aston Villa's right back problem. Yedlin is best seen as an amalgamation of Villa's current right-backs. Combining the...
7500 To Holte Aug 18, 2016

Derby County vs Aston Villa will be much closer this time around

Check out what happened the last time we faced Derby The Football League Championship season is now in full swing, and Aston Villa have made themselves at home, taking four points from the first three games. The narrow loss to Sheffield Wednesday was unfortunate, but Villa bounced back well, securing a second successive 3-0 win over Rotherham. The 1-1 draw against Huddersfield was not ideal, but the performance was largely positive for the men in Claret and Blue. It is also worth noting that Huddersfield have already beaten Newcastle this season, so a point was gained over promotion...
7500 To Holte Aug 18, 2016

Aston Villa is paying Joleon Lescott to go to Rangers

Bye bye Joleon Joleon Lescott is set to join Rangers, and Villa are even paying part of his wages for the next year. Lescott, 34, has one year left on his Aston Villa contract, but after a disastrous first season at the club, his position became untenable after clashing with fans on social media, and a move elsewhere seemed inevitable. Leeds were at one point said to be favourites to secure his signing, but earlier this evening it was reported that Lescott was in Glasgow to complete a medical with the newly promoted Scottish Premiership side. Aston Villa's owner subsequently dropped the...
7500 To Holte Aug 17, 2016

Former Barcelona prodigy asks to leave Aston Villa

Adama isn't happy slumming it in the Championship and wants out. After making 12 appearances, Adama Traore has requested Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo to allow him to leave for a new team. Adama was a weird signing for Aston Villa. Unproven and raw, Villa and their Head of Recruitment splashed out £7 million and around £60k a week on the gifted youngster. It's now looking like the only reason they made the move was to beat Stoke City to his signature. Adama proved to be all excitement but no end product. His speed and skill are to be admired, but he lacks motivation, footballing...
7500 To Holte Aug 17, 2016

Villa Chairman Gifts Shirt to Young Villa Fan

Villa chairman, Tony Xia makes good on his promise to help a young Villa supporter get a new shirt after it was nicked in the car park. Saturday’s victory against Rotherham was all but a good day for one Villa fan. After the match, a young Villa supporter, named Toby, had his brand new Villa shirt stolen from him while he was distracted waiting for a chance to meet the players. The heartbreaking story caught the attention of many Villa fans who spread the story on social media and, after being informed on Twitter, the Villa chairman took notice too. Will ask @VillansHo follow....
7500 To Holte Aug 17, 2016

Aston Villa confirm Mile Jedinak signing

Another leader (and great beard) joins the promotion push Mile Jedinak is a done deal and another piece of a new Aston Villa spine has joined up. The club posted this just moments ago on Twitter. We are delighted to announce the signing of Mile Jedinak on a three-year deal. #AVFC #WelcomeJedinak pic.twitter.com/6Wb6RI9h5u— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 17, 2016 The 32-year-old Australian is yet another leader coming into the locker room — fitting the transfer window’s pattern. The price tag for the former Crystal Palace captain is reported to be around £4 million for...
7500 To Holte Aug 17, 2016

With his future in the air, it’s worth remembering why Gabby Agbonlahor is so important

It’s been a bad few seasons for Gabby, but there’s a reason it’s so hard to let go. It is a little tough to imagine a player in this day and age of the modern game playing for the same football club for over a decade. It is, however, more difficult to discuss a one-club player’s career, especially when it is that of Gabriel ‘Gabby’ Agbonlahor. He is undoubtedly one of the better products to emerge from our academy in recent years, with 85 goals in all competitions since his debut in the 2005–06 season, and more appearances under his belt (371) for his boyhood club than...
7500 To Holte Aug 17, 2016

Jordan Ayew let Aston Villa down against Huddersfield

Missed chances, a lack of effort and pointless dribbling ensured Villa didn't win. Jordan Ayew is a fantastic player. There's no doubt about it. He had a stellar game against Sheffield Wednesday, a good game against Luton and a decent match when we played Rotherham. However, when Villa faced Huddersfield at home last night, Jordan Ayew dropped the ball. Now, the vast majority of you reading this won't have seen the match so unfortunately you're going to be the victim of bias. Radio commentators on local stations do have favourite players. They make mountains out of molehills and worst of...
7500 To Holte Aug 16, 2016

WATCH: Gollini's clearance rebounds off Huddersfield Striker, ties match at 1

Villa appeared to be on the way to victory as Tuesday's match against Huddersfield Town itched towards a close. Having kept a clean sheet Saturday against Rotherham, the new defensive partnership of James Chester and Tommy Elphick looked to make it two clean sheets in a row. Despite being put under considerable pressure by Huddersfield in the second half, Pierluigi Gollini was in fine form for much of the match, stopping repeated one-on-ones to keep Villa ahead. Then, disaster struck, as a long ball forward sailed over all outfield players. James Chester motioned for Gollini to come out...

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