Dispelling the Benteke Myth and How He Could Thrive at Liverpool

Dispelling the Benteke Myth and How He Could Thrive at Liverpool

It seems that many fans have taken one of Tim Sherwood's pearls of wisdom seriously. The former Spurs manager claimed that his side crosses the ball in the box more than any other side in the league and that if Christian Benteke moved to Liverpool, he would struggle. While it is true that Liverpool attempted the second fewest crosses in the league after Swansea with 17 per game, Aston Villa themselves were 14th in that list. One of the reasons …
Summer Transfers: Five Key Signings for Chelsea

Summer Transfers: Five Key Signings for Chelsea

This is the third of a series of four articles coming to you, in which I will focus on this season’s top 4 finishers of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. I will highlight the 5 positions these teams need to strengthen over the summer to improve their chances of being crowned Premier League champions this time next year. Today, Chelsea will be the team put under the microscope. With The Blues deservedly securing their first title since 2010 …
Aston Villa v Burnley Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Aston Villa v Burnley Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Premier League season was beginning but as we reach its final day, the game between Aston Villa and Burnley will be effectively nothing more than a shoot around. Having guaranteed their league survival last weekend, Aston Villa can finish off their good season-ending run under Tim Sherwood with a victory in front of their own fans this weekend. The club can still finish above Leicester City in 14th place if results go …
Most Likely to Strike in the Relegation Scrap - Defoe, Austin, Nugent, Ings and Benteke

Most Likely to Strike in the Relegation Scrap - Defoe, Austin, Nugent, Ings and Benteke

With the end of the season only weeks away, we find ourselves at that stage when the foot of the table starts to make for interesting viewing. It seems that Chelsea are going to be crowned League Champions this season, albeit without a calamitous run of form in coming weeks, but whenever we think we know who the certainties for relegation are it changes in an instance. Just two games ago I would have told you that Leicester City were …
Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

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

Tottenham Hotspur play host to one of their former managers on Saturday. Tim Sherwood brings his Villa side to the ground he called home last season as his side look to strengthen their campaign for Premier League survival. Pochettino and his men meanwhile are 7 points off a Champions League spot, but with the Manchester Derby this weekend it is an opportunity to close the gap on one of those sides. The disappointment of a draw against Burnley will be …
Aston Villa vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

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

Aston Villa will be looking to continue their good form against Swansea City at Villa Park on Saturday. The Villains have managed to move 3 points clear of the relegation zone since Tim Sherwood’s appointment and have won two games in a row for the first time since the beginning of December. A win at home to Swansea on Saturday would be the first time the club have won 3 games in a row this season, a feat they haven’t …
West Brom vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Brom vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

A home game against just about anybody is welcome respite for West Brom after losing twice to Aston Villa in the space of a week away from the Hawthorns. The Baggies lost 2-1 last time out in the Premier League with Tim Sherwood proving to be their judge, jury and executioner. Tony Pulis' side sit in 13th spot on a healthy 30 points which sees them eight points clear of the bottom three. Things are even rosier for Stoke City …
Aston Villa vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

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

Tim Sherwood will take charge of his first march as Aston Villa manager on Saturday, and it's crucial that he starts with a positive result. Villa are currently 18th in the Premier League, and with only thirteen games left, a win could lift them above fellow strugglers QPR, Hull and Sunderland. A run of form between now and the end of the season could make the difference between who stays up, and who is demoted to the Championship. Stoke are …
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