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 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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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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Premier League preview: Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa – Adama Traore set for Villans debut

Crystal Palace will be aiming for their first home win of the new season when they entertain Aston Villa, who also lost narrowly to one of last season’s top four in their previous match. There were plenty of positives for the Eagles to take from their defeat to Arsenal, losing out to an unfortunate own goal after Joel Ward’s crisply struck equaliser. It was another strong performance which, on another day, would have been enough to gain at least a point, so they will undoubtedly come into this very different…

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Aston Villa open talks with Tottenham striker to replace Christian Benteke

Aston Villa have reportedly contacted Tottenham Hotspur with the view to opening talks about signing striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the Daily Mail reports. Manager Tim Sherwood, who famously squeezed 14 goals out of the Togolese international during his spell in charge at White Heart Lane, has identified him as the ideal man to replace the Belgian goal machine, who is expected to undergo a medical with Liverpool on Monday (via BBC). But there is a possible stumbling block in a deal that would see the 31-year-old head to Villa Park. Spurs…

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Tim Sherwood’s five-step plan to revive Aston Villa: How charismatic boss can prove his salt this summer

Despite a bright start to his career as Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood’s season ended in disappointment as the momentum suddenly dropped and they found themselves on the end of three embarrassing defeats – including the FA Cup final. READ MORE: Aston Villa Transfer News Shipping 11 goals in those final three games wasn’t ideal, but it has served to highlight what needs to be done in order to revitalise the club and make a serious attempt at escaping another relegation battle. Sherwood will be aware that he cannot continue…

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Aston Villa boss Sherwood hopeful of keeping Vlaar

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is optimistic that central defender and captain Ron Vlaar will choose to stay at the club for next season despite his current contract expiring at the end of June, the Daily Mirror has reported. The Dutch international has been constantly linked with a move away from the West Midlands, and has allowed his contract to run down amid interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Southampton along with beaten Europa League semi-finalists Napoli. The FA Cup final against Arsenal on May 30 is set…

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