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Expected Villa: Quality finishing propels AVFC to first win

Expected Villa: Quality finishing propels AVFC to first win

Conor Hourihane struck twice from outside the box and André Green hit a beautiful goal, but it’s hard to say Villa deserved anything less than three points against Norwich City on Saturday. 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? This week, we’ll take a look at Villa’s...
7500 To Holte 3 hours ago
Aston Villa vs. Norwich City: Player Ratings

Aston Villa vs. Norwich City: Player Ratings

Finally a performance at Villa Park that leaves room for optimism going forward. Steve, just when the Villa faithful thought it was going to get worse and you’d be sacked, you go and do something like this...and totally redeem yourself. Actually to be fair, the Villa boss is probably not out of the sack race just yet. But thanks to the inclusion of Keinan Davis in the starting eleven and a memorable performance from Conor Hourihane, Steve Bruce can breathe a little easier after yesterday’s match against Norwich City. After a strong first half from the claret and blue, it looked like...
7500 To Holte 17 hours ago
Instant Recap: Aston Villa 4-2 Norwich City

Instant Recap: Aston Villa 4-2 Norwich City

Aston Villa attack puts Norwich City through the blender in a dominant first half and Conor Hourihane seals the victory in the second. The First Half Keinan Davis was given a surprise start and his energy was evident as he began early with pressure on goal in the second minute of action and the team nearly never let up. Norwich simply had no answer for Davis’ determination and strength on the ball as he created numerous chances for himself and others and continued to almost single-handedly tilt the field against the Canaries. Davis’ connection with Conor Hourihane was evident as they...
7500 To Holte 22 hours ago
Aston Villa vs. Norwich live stream: Lineups, game time and how to follow online

Aston Villa vs. Norwich live stream: Lineups, game time and how to follow online

Here’s everything you need to know as Villa invite the Canaries to Villa Park! Aston Villa did not do well against Cardiff, and they failed to fix things against Reading and it’s Villa, along with Burton Albion, who are propping up the Championship table after three games - and now Steve Bruce’s job is on the line. He might not get sacked until after the international break in a few weeks, but if I was him, I’d be worried. However, we’re here to back him - and back the Villa. Bruce is clearly rattled by this, so let’s support the club - but don’t avoid being critical! Things...
7500 To Holte 22 hours ago
Steve Bruce forced to account for Captain Terry’s time in Cobham

Steve Bruce forced to account for Captain Terry’s time in Cobham

Aston Villa need a win in the worst way to relieve the pressure that’s building at Bodymoor Heath over Bruce’s on field avatar. Through three league matches very little has come correct for Aston Villa in what was billed and expected to be their promotion season. Behind the promotion spots by eight points and seven goals behind in differential is amounting to pressure on the players, management and ownership. That pressure leads to consternation from the fans and chirping from the media no more evident than the snide comments like those of Leroy Rosenior on The Totally Football Show...
7500 To Holte Aug 18, 2017
Preview: Villa really need a win against Norwich City

Preview: Villa really need a win against Norwich City

Aston Villa have one point from three to start the season, and any longer they struggle, the more difficult it is to mount a serious automatic promotion push. Tomorrow is 19 August, and Aston Villa are running head-first into what sure feels like a must-win match against Norwich City. Lovely. What to know about Aston Villa Ugh. That’s all. It will be interesting to see how Steve Bruce sets Villa up now that they’re finally back on home ground after three consecutive away matches. Will he actually let his team attack and get on the front foot, like they did so well in the first half...
7500 To Holte Aug 17, 2017
Rumour: Is Steve Bruce looking to loan market to strengthen Aston Villa’s attack?

Rumour: Is Steve Bruce looking to loan market to strengthen Aston Villa’s attack?

Aston Villa are reportedly interested in Sam Gallagher According to Sky Sports, Aston Villa is among a trio of Championship clubs interested in bringing in Southampton’s Sam Gallagher on loan. The new Saints manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, has apparently told the promising 21-year old forward that he can leave on a temporary basis. This move seems to potentially make sense given that Steve Bruce told the Birmingham Mail that he was looking to bolster Villa’s “toothless” attack. The 1,93 meter (6’4”) England U20 spent last season on-loan at then Championship side, Blackburn. During...
7500 To Holte Aug 16, 2017
How much time does Steve Bruce have left at Villa?

How much time does Steve Bruce have left at Villa?

It’s looking worrying, but can he turn it around? Hmm. While last night’s match against Reading wasn’t a complete disaster in the same way that the Cardiff game was, two terrible games in a row and a turgid start to the football season for Aston Villa have got people questioning Bruce’s ability to turn around the current situation, and for good reason. Bruce’s ‘improvements’ led to Villa failing to take control in a game against Reading which was there for the taking. Steve Bruce is reflecting Paul Lambert’s late desperation not even a year into his Villa career. Steve Bruce...
7500 To Holte Aug 16, 2017
Two dozen managers who could replace Steve Bruce if he goes

Two dozen managers who could replace Steve Bruce if he goes

Aston Villa fans are increasingly in support of sacking Steve Bruce. We took a look at who’s available, or not so available, if a new manager ends up on the cards. Three played, one point earned. It certainly hasn’t been Steve Bruce’s best start to a season, and given the quality he has in this Aston Villa squad, the football on display has been shocking for the last five Championship halves. He’s managing for his job right now, and he knows it. Bruce might not have two months in him, let alone one, if things continue down this path. I’ve seen people argue Bruce should stay...
7500 To Holte Aug 15, 2017
Steve Bruce’s lions become lambs to the slaughter as Reading beat up on Aston Villa

Steve Bruce’s lions become lambs to the slaughter as Reading beat up on Aston Villa

That was bad. So do you like watching Aston Villa? No? Good - you shouldn’t. Villa didn’t do a football for 75 minutes, and that was after Villa had already conceded two to Reading! Andre Green hustled forward after a Villa counter early on, but couldn’t make anything happen. He really should have scored there, and that will pad Villa’s xG! Andre Green’s presence on the field was good to see, considering he actually padded out the left side of the field more than Gabby Agbonlahor! Apart from that, Villa didn’t do much and seemed happy to let Reading boss the match. Reading made...
7500 To Holte Aug 15, 2017
Reading FC vs. Aston Villa live stream: Lineups, game time and how to follow online

Reading FC vs. Aston Villa live stream: Lineups, game time and how to follow online

Here’s everything you need to know as Villa head to Berkshire, hoping to turn things around. It was a midweek away match at Reading where things turned around for Aston Villa (a bit) last season. Will it be a midweek away match at Reading where things kick off for Villa this season? Who knows. Reading weren’t predicted to have a great season, but it’s far too early to write them off just yet - and hell, if we are writing the Royals off, we may as well write Villa off. As it’s not a televised tie - this match will be LIVE STREAMED on AVTV, for an international audience. Here’s all...
7500 To Holte Aug 14, 2017
Preview: Can Steve Bruce get Aston Villa on course away at Reading?

Preview: Can Steve Bruce get Aston Villa on course away at Reading?

Away at Reading, Villa will either continue a disastrous start to the season or begin course correction after a short turnaround. Away at Cardiff on Saturday afternoon was a disaster. There’s really no two ways to say it. Beginning the season against foes that Villa were expected to fend off for the top spot for promotion was ideally going to show the league this teams ambition, instead through two league games we’re faced with the same old question of whether this team will ever even be equal to the sum of its parts. In spite of the top-to-bottom no show against the Bluebirds, the...
7500 To Holte Aug 13, 2017
Holtecast episode 111: Nothing makes a Cardiff-erence

Holtecast episode 111: Nothing makes a Cardiff-erence

James Rushton is joined by Elis Sandford to discuss a bad week for Villa Aston Villa are back, we're back and the Holtecast is back. There have been a number of developments over the Summer, meaning that Robert and Jack can no longer commit to a weekly podcast between the two. However, 7500toHolte ran two podcasts and they now morph. James will be moving to host the Holtecast and will bring on someone from the world of Aston Villa to speak about the weekly developments of the club. For the 111th episode of the Holtecast, we speak to Elis Sandford, native of Wales to discuss among other...
7500 To Holte Aug 13, 2017
One of the last remnants of the Paul Lambert era has left Aston Villa

One of the last remnants of the Paul Lambert era has left Aston Villa

Leandro’s gone and only Jed remains! Aston Villa have completed the sale of Leandro Bacuna to Reading FC and with it, the memory of Paul Lambert has faded almost completely from Villa, with only one of his buys remaining. ✒️ Leandro Bacuna has joined @ReadingFC on a permanent deal...Good luck for the future, Leandro#AVFC pic.twitter.com/S50PZkfrvt— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 13, 2017 Bacuna’s sale has raked in a fair bit for Villa. The £3 million that Reading have paid represents a profit of over 300% of what Villa paid for Bacuna all those years ago. The...
7500 To Holte Aug 13, 2017
Expected Villa: The numbers behind a shocking performance

Expected Villa: The numbers behind a shocking performance

Aston Villa were terrible Saturday in Cardiff. This week, it’s certainly a case where the numbers confirm what our eyes saw. If you missed it last week, 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 fell 3-0 in Cardiff yesterday, which was very suboptimal. Do the...
7500 To Holte Aug 12, 2017
Hi Ho Silver Linings: Reasons to remain cheerful after Aston Villa’s disembowelment at Cardiff

Hi Ho Silver Linings: Reasons to remain cheerful after Aston Villa’s disembowelment at Cardiff

That wasn’t pretty but hey. Keep that smile on your little face! Hey it’s me and it’s time for something new. I used to be the optimist around these parts - the type of person who wanted Lambert to stay despite his head being called for by the bedsheet warriors of Birmingham. I want to bring that back. The world is full of too much silly stupid things, so why not look on the bright side - or those silver linings. Believe me, they can be found everywhere. So, Villa got done by Cardiff, and not just done - they got proper Escobar’d, full on Narco’d, Ozarked, Breaking Badded. Aston...
7500 To Holte Aug 12, 2017
Instant Recap: Cardiff City 3 - 0 Aston Villa

Instant Recap: Cardiff City 3 - 0 Aston Villa

Villa forgot how to football and suffer first loss of the campaign The mid-week rain was gone and the sun was out in Cardiff and I had a beer in hand to enjoy a lovely day of football. Then Villa happened. Toothless, terrible, horrendous, string of four-letter words, pick your negative adjective(s). It was pathetic. Shots on target usually tell a compelling story — 12-1. That understates just how bad Aston Villa were. The heads dropped and every fan had flashbacks to recent years. The first six minutes were madness at both ends. Aston Villa started strong with a pair of chances falling...
7500 To Holte Aug 12, 2017
Cardiff City vs. Aston Villa live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

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

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Villa visit Wales to play Cardiff in their 2nd league match of the season. It’s league time again! Villa are looking to improve on a sloppy 1-1 against Hull with a win against Cardiff, away from home. We’d take a point, to be honest, but Cardiff could be promotion rivals and are already on three points! Neil Warnock sides will always be a danger, and know how to annoy and frustrate teams. Villa need to up their game and bury their chances if they want to win - or at least avoid a loss. This could be tricky. What’s more, our Elis is...
7500 To Holte Aug 12, 2017
Assessing Aston Villa’s Depth Chart: The middle and the wings

Assessing Aston Villa’s Depth Chart: The middle and the wings

Thirteen plus players are looking to make an impact and stand out from the crowd. Assessing the midfield depth is the trickiest of all even while recognizing the variety of roles we’ll need to fill to fit Steve Bruce’s likeliest of formations. Since the close of the January transfer window, Mr Bruce has overwhelmingly chosen to play a 4-2-3-1, so prior to a few key characters getting a little healthier—or inversely prior to some other key characters getting injured—it’s likely to assume we’ll continue to play a similar formation. So let’s break it down to our defensive...
7500 To Holte Aug 11, 2017
Aston Villa have consumed the soul of Tony Pulis

Aston Villa have consumed the soul of Tony Pulis

He’s dead, Jim. This is to strange to admit as an Aston Villa fan - but I am really worried about Tony Pulis, the manager of West Bromwich Albion. He’s got an addiction, and he needs help. He can’t stop speaking about Aston Villa, who haunt his soul day in, and day out, for some reason. After some playful banter years back when he wanted to cosy up to WBA fans by pretending to be them, the Welshman’s act has come apart, like his team after they stutter to 40 points and settle in for a second half of mediocrity. Tony had been in rehab over the summer, and there almost wasn’t a...

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