Aston Villa vs Leicester | FA Cup Preview | Stats & Key Men

Aston Villa vs Leicester | FA Cup Preview | Stats & Key Men

If you believe everything you read, this would be billed as the match between two manager-less teams. Nigel Pearson was recently sacked, then hastily reinstated despite the media telling us otherwise. Paul Lambert of course wasn't awarded the same leniency, and bizarre rumours are now speculating that he actually asked to be sacked twice before finally being given the boot this week. If this were a Premier League tie, the stakes would be huge in the wake of the multi-billion …
Southampton Vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Southampton Vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

After suffering a 3-1 loss to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side on Sunday afternoon, Mauricio Pochettino welcomes 11th placed Aston Villa to St Mary's, hoping to build on their impressive start to this Premier League campaign, despite losing their last two in the Premier League. Southampton had an excellent first half at Stamford Bridge, leading after 14 seconds through Jay Rodriguez; they pressed the Chelsea defence and midfield with high intensity, but could not sustain their pressure on Chelsea after Jose …
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Odds

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Odds

This fixture will forever leave a sour taste in the mouth for all Newcastle fans after the 2008/9 campaign. The Magpies lost at Villa Park 1-0 on the final day of the season thanks to a Damien Duff own goal, and this led to relegation. On that day a rivalry between the two sides was born as the home fans laughed and cheered at the fact that Newcastle would be playing in the second tier in the following season. Since …
Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2 | Match Report, Goals & Stats

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2 | Match Report, Goals & Stats

Liverpool came back after a goal down at Villa Park to beat Aston Villa 2-1 after a stunning performance and 98th Premier League goal from Steven Gerrard. Second half goals from Henderson and Gerrard gave the Reds three important points as they hope to finish the season strongly and out-do local rivals Everton for a spot in Europe. Christian Benteke opened the scoring for Villa in the 31st minute. Abgonlahor provided the assist after a stunning long pass from Ashley …
Tactical Analysis: Aston Villa Sit Back and Counter to Defeat Liverpool

Tactical Analysis: Aston Villa Sit Back and Counter to Defeat Liverpool

Aston Villa got a deserved win by exploiting Liverpool’s major weakness this season – defending the counter attack. It was a backs to the wall display from a young Villa side, who played with a back 5 to help get numbers behind the ball and prevent Liverpool’s attacking players from finding space. Liverpool’s Fullbacks Find the Ball [caption id="attachment_23509" align="alignright" width="195"] Formations[/caption] With Villa’s formation and deep block, Liverpool’s fullbacks frequently saw the ball. Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson attempted …
Aston Villa's Improvement from last season | Passing & Ball Retention

Aston Villa's Improvement from last season | Passing & Ball Retention

Modern football is about mobility and versatility; independent skills, formerly divided between different positions on the pitch, have merged. Each player increasingly possesses ball control and passing as minimum requirements, as an ever-growing number of managers rely on a fluid, short-passing game. Spain are the paradigm of this multi-skilled, dynamic approach, but every big club in football gets closer and closer to fielding 11 interchangeable all-rounders. As Jonathan Wilson notes in his history of football tactics Inverting the Pyramid, “fluidity …