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 …
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 …
Loyalty to Brad Guzan or Given returns?

Loyalty to Brad Guzan or Given returns?

Everton Vs Villa | Given makes a point

Everton Vs Villa | Given makes a point

Depending on your point of view, Aston Villa was either extremely lucky to escape this match with a draw, or have proven they're skilled enough to still earn points when they don't play their best.  The truth may lie somewhere inbetween, but one thing is not in question,Villa owe this point to Shay Given. In nearly every statistical category measured for the outfield players, Everton dominated the fixture.  Everton held a possession edge 54.2% to 45.8% which was achieved, in part, through …
Given v Friedel | Villa's gain or loss?

Given v Friedel | Villa's gain or loss?

[caption id="attachment_1917" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Friedel joined Spurs"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1920" align="alignright" width="305" caption="Given now at Villa Park"][/caption] Aston Villa lost Brad Friedel to Tottenham Hotspur at the start of June, leaving a huge void in the Aston Villa team. Friedel had been ever present in the Premier League for Aston Villa since they signed him in July of 2008. Even then there were question marks over his age, people questioning whether this was a step forward or a step back due …