Chelsea vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways on Wednesday, following a run of three matches without a victory. They welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge, who will be hopeful of gaining a positive result. The festive period can throw up unpredictable results, with West Ham's victory over the home side on Saturday proving that. Although the Blues had several good chances in the first half, they were unable to find a breakthrough and they were later punished …
Aston Villa Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Aston Villa Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Teams in the Premier League dread the fixture congestion of December, but it seems that the congestion has started already. Less than 72 hours after their respective League Cup victories on Wednesday night, Liverpool and Aston Villa will face up in the league on Saturday evening. The two teams will head into this Premier League fixture knowing that they will also meet again in December (subject to scheduling flexibility by the EFL) as per the League Cup Quarter Final draw …
Arsenal vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal need to rebound after an awful result against Watford last week. They blew a 2-0 lead and conceded a record number of shots to the team at the bottom of the table. They'll be back at the Emirates this week against newly promoted Aston Villa. If they can't bounce back in this fixture, the season could go south very quickly. Aston Villa have struggled in their return to the Premier League with only four points in five matches. They …
The stats behind Tyrone Mings's England call-up

The stats behind Tyrone Mings's England call-up

It was just two weeks ago that Tyrone Mings put in a performance against Everton that promoted him to international honours. The 2-0 win for Mings's Aston Villa side over the Toffees was not just a great example of clinical finishing (Villa only had three shots on target) but also an example of how to defend effectively. This was not the game that propelled Mings to an England call up - Gareth Southgate and his staff will have assessed the …
Tottenham vs Aston Villa Preview | Stats, Team News and Key Men

Tottenham vs Aston Villa Preview | Stats, Team News and Key Men

The Premier League is finally returning and one of the promoted clubs will travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the opening weekend. Aston Villa will face a difficult trip to face last seasons Champions League finalists Tottenham. Both clubs have made some eye-catching signings this summer, but they will have very different aims for the season. The home team will be looking to push towards the top of the division and stay in the title race as long as …
VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to EPL - 2: La Liga

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to EPL - 2: La Liga

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series. You can read the first part here. In the first part, we took a look at the transfers to Premier League from Eredivisie. In this part, we will take a look at how Premier League clubs have been recruiting players from La Liga. La Liga is believed to be one of the best leagues in the world in terms of football talent. My personal belief is that image of the whole league …
Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Last week saw the death of the former Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves manager Graham Taylor at the age of 72. Tributes – some of them downright hypocritical from the very paper who lampooned him when he was England manager – poured in throughout the football world. He will be mourned as a loss to the game. Graham Taylor was born in Worksop in 1944 and began playing professional football in 1962. His playing career was nothing to write home …
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