Aston Villa | MON to Houllier to McLeish

Aston Villa | MON to Houllier to McLeish

Aston Villa went from top 4 contenders to flirting with relegation within one year; which way will McLeish go? It was 4.45pm on 9th May 2010, Steve Bennett’s whistle signals the end to Aston Villa’s season, a defeat for them but a defeat for Liverpool ensured that they finished in 6th place for the 3rd successive season, cementing their place within the top 6 in the English Premier League. Surely Aston Villa were to build on this and finally make …
Aston Villa | Don't Panic!

Aston Villa | Don't Panic!

The 2011/2012 English Premier League season is being embraced with less enthusiasm than usual for a number of Aston Villa supporters, and the reasons for this are numerous. For the sake of both this article and my sanity, I will be concentrating on just two of them; Ashley Young, and Stewart Downing. Young’s departure came as no surprise, as contract negotiations between Employer and Employee had been stalling for the preceding 12 months.  The inevitable finally happened on 23 June, when …
The attractive versatility of Ashley Young

The attractive versatility of Ashley Young

Ashley Young’s decision not to sign a contract till the summer has proved to be a masterstroke for the England international. With only 15 months remaining on his current deal, he’s made himself a realistic option for England’s top clubs, namely Manchester United. There are still those, however, who aren’t quite sure of what Ashley Young’s best role is. With pace as his most obvious strength, many feel he is best suited as a winger. Others will point to his …
Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Our statistical expert Ford Bohrmann analyses Premier League goal scoring patterns by looking at which areas of the goal teams score in. The article focuses on every Premier League side and then also covers their conversion percentages with the use of graphics. The original idea for this post came from a question from one of the readers of my blog. He was curious to know if there were any patterns to where clubs score in the plane of the goal. …
Aston Villa So Far | 11/12 Review | Stats

Aston Villa So Far | 11/12 Review | Stats

Aston Villa now face a testing end of season run-in with 13 games left of the season.  There has been more talk this season following the appointment of ex-Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish in June 2011. Following Alex McLeish’s appointment a small section of Villa fans protested against the decision but fan were urged to give him a chance to prove himself. The first third of the season was a real chance to hit the ground running and they were …
Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

We've already examined the Top 12th Man for two clubs, writing profiles of Adel Taarabt for QPR and David Stockdale at Fulham. When we put out the call for the very best players off of the bench, several clubs went unrepresented. From those clubs we've taken the best of their best and selected the top option for comparison here. Aston Villa has not enjoyed the best season. With on loan Robbie Keane seeing his time back in the EPL drawn …
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