West Brom vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be aiming to make it seven points from nine when they make the short trip to face Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion, who are after their third straight home win in the league. The last Premier League outing for West Brom was a highly uncharacteristic 3-0 defeat at Southampton, where they struggled to get going from the first whistle and never looked likely to get back into the match after conceding the penalty kick that led to them going two goals down inside 35 minutes. Head Coach…

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Aston Villa vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

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Aston Villa will be hoping to kick on from just their second Premier League win of the season when they host high-flying Leicester City, who have just ended a run of four games without success. The relief was tangible in the West Midlands on Tuesday as Villa a long last secured a first three-point haul since opening day after a much improved performance against Crystal Palace. They played with real fluency at times and although the only goal came via a goalkeeping blunder, the result was richly deserved and will have…

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Aston Villa in talks with former Premier League goal getter

Aston Villa can use all the points they need and have been in talks with former Premier League goal getter Obafemi Martins to make a return from the MLS, according to The Sun. The Nigerian striker revealed talks between him and The Villans. The 31-year-old claims that he has received an interesting offer to join Villa. The report also claims that an approach was made four weeks ago with Villa looking to sign him on loan. Villa have endured an atricious season, sitting in 20th and last place in the table with…

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Fan numbers say Premier League rules, three clubs are lagging behind

The Premier League remains Europe’s top league when it comes to fan numbers, but Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are lagging behind other clubs. This season, a total of 7.607.993 football fans have watched at least one of the 210 Premier League matches played. On average, 727.067 fans have visited a club’s stadium. That means the Premier League has an average fan ratio (the amount of filled seats) of 95.8 per cent. Topping Europ’s five biggest leagues. The Bundesliga comes in second with an average fan ratio of 93.0 per cent.…

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Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will hope that their wait for a first win in 17 games in all competitions can come to an end on Tuesday evening as they come up against away specialists Crystal Palace, who have not scored in their last three league outings. Clearly intent on ending the dismal run and adding a little confidence to the squad, manager Remi Garde named a strong starting XI for Villa’s FA Cup third round tie at Wycombe Wanderers, but they were unable to get the job done despite taking a first half…

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Sunderland vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Anything less than a win would be a major disappointment for both Sunderland and Aston Villa as the Premier League’s bottom two meet in a vital encounter in the battle for survival. Five straight defeats have extinguished Sam Allardyce’s good start as Sunderland boss, and have seen them lose serious ground on those above them. The gap to safety now stands at some seven points, so they simply must put a run of results together quickly if they wish to avoid being cut adrift like their opponents. A lot will…

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Norwich vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Carrow Road is the venue for a pivotal encounter between two struggling sides as Norwich City look to move clear of the bottom three with victory at home to bottom of the table Aston Villa. After the delight of picking up all three points at Manchester United, the hosts showed confidence early on at Tottenham on Boxing Day and came close to opening the scoring early on through Cameron Jerome and debutant Vadis Oujidja-Ofoe, but once they fell behind to a penalty slightly against the run of play the result…

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Aston Villa vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

To give themselves any realistic chance of mounting a bid for survival in the second half of the season, bottom club Aston Villa must take a reasonable haul of points from the next three games, beginning with a home clash against West Ham United on Boxing Day. This meeting with the out-of-form Londoners precedes trips to fellow strugglers Norwich City and Sunderland, so Remi Garde badly needs to end his wait for a first win in charge sooner rather than later if the club is to avoid being cast even…

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Newcastle vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Now playing with renewed confidence, Newcastle United will be looking to secure a third straight win when they host an Aston Villa team for whom any points at all would come as a major bonus at present. After upsetting the odds to deservedly get the better of Liverpool through a Georginio Wijnaldum double, the Magpies went into their game at Tottenham last weekend initially with the intention of playing a containing game. It was a system that worked for 40 minutes until they were undone by a set-piece, but once…

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Aston Villa vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will hope to push on from their stunning victory in Europe in the week by getting the better of lowly Aston Villa and ending the weekend at top of the Premier League. There was a small step in the right direction for the hosts last time out as they collected their first point on the road since the opening day, holding Southampton to a 1-1 draw. They were fortunate to get away with series of near misses in the opening half hour, but managed to gain a foothold in the game and…

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Aston Villa fans see the funny side?

Aston Villa fans have got little to smile about at the moment after a pitiful start to the season that has seen them enter December with just one Premier League win and five points in total. The season has also seen a managerial change but, as yet, Tim Sherwood’s replacement Remi Garde has done little to improve the situation. Garde had an encouraging start to his managerial reign at Villa Park with a 0-0 draw with Manchester City. However, this was followed by a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Everton and a 3-2 home…

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Southampton vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will be hoping to avoid a fourth successive loss in all competitions when they come up against an Aston Villa team which is already seven points adrift of safety and has not won since opening day. In their last home league match at home to Stoke City, Ronald Koeman’s men lacked the necessary invention to penetrate an organised backline and created few chances as a result, but it was their play at the other end of the pitch which let them down at Manchester City a week ago. The Saints are…

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Aston Villa vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be desperate to close the gap between themselves and safety by claiming a first home win of the season over Watford, who are hoping to avoid a third successive loss. After a massively encouraging display which brought a battling goalless draw with title hopefuls Manchester City, and newfound optimism at Aston Villa was almost totally eroded by a shambolic effort at Everton last weekend. Let down by some shocking defending, they created few chances and were soundly beaten, with their many limitations ruthlessly exposed in a punishing…

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Everton vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

After ending their demoralising run of defeats in Remi Garde’s first game in charge, Aston Villa now head to Everton searching their first Premier League success since the opening day of the season. The home side come into this handily positioned in ninth place, especially when it is considered that Crystal Palace are the only team currently in the top half that they are yet to face. Last time out the Toffees recovered from a slow start at West Ham United to pick up a useful point – with Romelu Lukaku…

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Aston Villa vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

New Aston Villa manager Remi Garde could hardly have been given a tougher first game at the helm, with Premier League leaders Manchester City providing the opposition in front of a capacity crowd on Sunday afternoon. Appointing somebody with no experience of having managed in England does appear to be a major risk by the West Midlands side, especially given the predicament they are in, but Garde does have some pedigree in his native France, winning two domestic honours while in charge of Lyon. This represents an altogether different test,…

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Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Managerless Aston Villa will be hoping to start turning things around after losing eight of their last nine Premier League games, but face a tough ask on Monday evening as they visit a Tottenham side which has not lost over the same period. Were it not for the fact they have drawn five of their matches, Tottenham would be much closer to the top of the Premier League, but recent form does suggest that they are serious top four contenders. Last time out the Londoners hit back brilliantly from the early…

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Aston Villa vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa continue their search for a first Premier League win since the opening day of the season when they take on another out-of-form side, Garry Monk’s Swansea City. There was not a great deal between Villa and defending champions Chelsea last weekend, but they slipped to another defeat which already leaves them four points adrift of the safety line. It was largely self-inflicted, with goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Joleon Lescott combining to gift the Blues their opener, and such is the extent of Villa’s struggles at present, they…

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be desperate to begin turning around their floundering defence of the Premier League title when they entertain an Aston Villa side that is gearing up for another battle to avoid the drop. Jose Mourinho came out fighting after the last miserable Blues performance against Southampton, with his words leading to the vote of confidence that he wanted from the club’s board. He has plenty to think about as his side have rarely threatened to score goals in recent weeks, and have been run ragged in defence. Even the…

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Aston Villa vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be determined to escape the bottom three and pick up their first Premier League win since opening weekend when they take on a Stoke City side that is keen to kick on after opening their account for victories last time out. Tim Sherwood seemed resigned to another battle against relegation after Villa came up short at Liverpool in what was their fifth defeat in six league outings. His new-look, youthful squad have shown themselves capable of playing some very attractive football this term, but more often than…

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be looking to win for the first time in five Premier League outings as they take on an Aston Villa side that should come into the game with renewed confidence following their victory in the Second City derby. Wins are as hard to come by as goals for the Reds at present, with their far from convincing penalty shootout victory over League Two outfit Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup representing the eighth failed attempt to score more than once in a match this term. Such struggles…

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Aston Villa vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be desperate to bounce back from the dejection of their miraculous defeat at Leicester City as they play host to West Bromwich Albion in the second of three consecutive Midlands derbies for Tim Sherwood’s side. The former Tottenham boss could not contain his disappointment and disbelief as his side contrived to throw away a two-goal lead to come away from the King Power Stadium with nothing on Sunday. It had been going so well, with the dynamism of attacking midfield trio Carles Gil, Jack Grealish and Scott Sinclair…

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Leicester vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run when they come up against Midlands rivals Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The attack-minded approach adopted by the Foxes has reaped its rewards and is certainly playing to the strengths of a squad that boasts a wealth of attacking options. The system that they play relies heavily on the two wing-backs, and fortunately former Villa man Marc Albrighton and the long-serving Jeffrey Schlupp are excellent in their roles, making a valuable contribution going forward as…

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Aston Villa vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be looking to build on their first point of the new season by collecting victory when they travel to Aston Villa for a fixture which has hardly been full of goals in recent times. Claiming a win at Bournemouth on opening day was the ideal start for Villa, but they have been edged out twice since then in two displays which suggested that the team is very much a work in progress. They lacked creativity and had few chances in the home loss to Manchester United, while it…

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Analysis – Will Delph get enough game time at Man City?

There were many twists and turns and seemingly a sudden change of heart, but after six years at Aston Villa, tenacious midfielder Fabian Delph has made the step up to sign for Manchester City in an £8m deal. The big question now is whether he can establish himself as a regular in the side rather than end up constantly warming the bench like some of City’s other new recruits in recent seasons. Having now become a key part of the England setup, the former Leeds United youngster is definitely in…

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa – FA Cup Final Preview

An intriguing FA Cup final sees Arsenal aim to win the competition for a record 12th time against an Aston Villa side for whom success would be their first since 1957. Arsenal will be the favourites to retain the crown they won in dramatic fashion by beating Hull City a year ago, but they never seem to make it easy for themselves at Wembley. The semi-final against Championship strugglers Reading was a prime example as the Gunners struggled for fluency and needed an enormous goalkeeping error to win in extra…

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