Premier League Season Review – Aston Villa

Aston Villa: 20th (relegated) FA Cup: Round Four Capital One Cup: Round Four It is difficult to know where to start with Aston Villa, but 2015-16 has to go down as probably the worst season in the club’s history as a squad of misfits and three different managers were relegated with just 17 points, the third lowest total by any side since the Premier League began in 1992. Add to that the off-field antics of several players, countless comings and goings at boardroom level, and almost constant protests at the…

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Aston Villa vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

As Aston Villa’s relegation edges ever closer to being confirmed, their latest outing on their slow descent to Championship sees them take on a Chelsea side that have also suffered a season to forget as they lie in mid-table obscurity. Having the better of the first half at Swansea City in their previous game came as scant consolation for Villa as the chances that came their way were all passed up before a goalkeeping error from Brad Guzan led to them conceding the decisive goal shortly after the break. That…

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

Manchester City will be desperate to end their barren run in the Premier League as they face an Aston Villa side that appears to be merely counting down the days until their seemingly inevitable relegation is confirmed. The euphoria of winning the Capital One Cup did not last long for Man City, as just three days later they were sent crashing to a convincing defeat by Liverpool, the same side they edged out at Wembley. It was a result that manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed on the fatigue accumulated by playing…

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Aston Villa vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Everton will be hoping to move back into the top half of the Premier League table as they travel to Aston Villa, whose chances of making a serious bid for survival are looking increasingly forlorn. The performance at Stoke City on Saturday was at least an improvement as far as Aston Villa are concerned following their appalling surrender to Liverpool a fortnight before, but they were still clearly inferior to their opponents and suffered their 17th defeat from 27 Premier League outings this season. After the game, manager Remi Garde…

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Stoke vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be hoping to produce some kind of response to their shambles of a performance against Liverpool when they travel to the Britannia Stadium to face mid-table Stoke City. After a difficult period which saw them suffer three heavy defeats in the league and go out of both domestic cup competitions in quick succession, few seemed to give Stoke much hope of getting a result ahead of their last game away to Bournemouth. But there they served a reminder of their quality, making light of their shortage of…

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Aston Villa vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

After a demoralising run of four straight defeats, Norwich City will be desperate to turn things around as they head to the West Midlands to take on bottom club Aston Villa, whose plight is showing few signs of coming to a halt. Remi Garde actually watched his side make a positive start away to West Ham United in midweek, but that was undone by an incredible moment of madness by striker Jordan Ayew, who until now has been one of the few shining lights in a miserable campaign for the…

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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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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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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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