Petrov Blow Paves Way for Sidwell with Delph Ahead of Schedule

October 25, 2010 by · 4 Comments
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Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov faces two months on the sidelines with knee ligament damage. The injury which the midfielder picked up in the first half of the 1-0 defeat to Sunderland is worse than manager Gerard Houllier had first feared. The Frenchman confirmed that the 31-year-old faced a lengthy lay-off at Villa’s open training session at Villa Park today. The Bulgarian will now face a scan next week to determine whether surgery is required on the injury that is already looking to keep him out until the New Year. Likely Replacements

Lady Luck Not Shining On Houllier’s Villa

October 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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After another tight game at the weekend led to a disappointing defeat it seems that Gerard Houllier may just need a little luck to revert back to winning ways. Decent performances in the club’s last 3 games have bought just 1 league point and perhaps the reason for this being 1 league goal. After starting promisingly against Tottenham, a club whom Villa have previously seemed to fear under MON, Albrighton gave Villa a deserved lead. Rafael van der Vaart proved to be too hot to handle, despite arguably warranting a point from the tough clash at White Hart Lane. The champions of Chelsea were next up at Villa Park and Houllier’s men more than matched their opponents for most of the game. Other than two efforts that hit the woodwork for the visitor’s Villa had more real chances and could have nicked the points late on through Reo-Coker. Saturday’s defeat to Sunderland was probably the most crushing of the lot after again starting brightly, Villa were beaten by a Richard Dunne own goal. Sunderland Match Report

Sunderland vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Prediction

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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After a decent performance at Tottenham could not be backed by a result and real chances to win against Chelsea, Houllier will be looking to go one better on Saturday. Both sides have good records to fall back on with Villa not losing in their last 5 games at Sunderland and the home side having lost just once in their last 14 games at the Stadium of Light. Both managers will feel that, despite strong results in some cases, their teams have not accumulated as many points as they would have hoped. Villa go into the game in 8th with Sunderland occupying 13th ahead of this close encounter.

Sunderland (Away) – 23rd October 2010

Possible Starting XI: Friedel; Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock; Downing, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Young; Ireland; Heskey

Key Man: Stephen Ireland

Goalscorer(s): Ireland, Heskey

Minute of First Goal: 42

Final Score: 1-2

Sunderland vs Aston Villa Match Preview

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Saturday October 23rd 2010

Opponent: Sunderland

Venue: Stadium of Light

Kick Off: 15:00

Villa travel to Sunderland with a commendable away record against the hosts. Gerard Houllier’s side have stretched out an unbeaten run of 5 games against the Black Cats and will be looking for a first win in 3 after defeat to Tottenham was backed up by a good draw with Chelsea last weekend. Steve Bruce’s men have only lost once at home in their last 14 outings and will be looking to extend an impressive unbeaten run of their own. The home side haven’t lost in 6 games but have become early contenders for draw specialists with results tied in their last 5 games, 6 in total this season. Bruce’s side have capped a decent start to the season by taking points off of the likes of Liverpool, although that doesn’t seem too much of a feat right now, Arsenal and Manchester United. Villa will have a strong squad available after recovery from injuries and will be looking to build on the battling performance that earned them a point against the champions. Team News and Previews

Ashley Young Stalls Contract Negotiations

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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After previously stating that he was keen to extend his contract at Aston Villa, winger, Ashley Young has halted proceedings preferring to discuss terms at the end of the season. The retraction of interest will worry Villa fans as undoubtedly one of their key men has drawn interest from a number of high profile clubs in the past. After the Milner transfer saga many feared that Young would follow the midfielder out the exit door due to the departure of ex-manager and the man who signed the 25-year0old, Martin O’Neill. Fans would have been delighted to see Young express his happiness at the club following the arrival of Gerard Houllier and a deal looked closed to completion last week. Now the player appears keen to focus on playing but even the most optimistic Villa fan may see ulterior motives in the attacker’s decision. Young Future Uncertain

Clark Rejects England In Favour of ROI

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa centre back Ciaran Clark has snubbed the opportunity to play for England in the future in favour Republic of Ireland. The 21-year-old has appeared three times in the league this season, most recently replacing Richard Dunne early on against Chelsea. Clark has been tipped as a huge talent by the club and has led the Villa Youth and Reserves to success on numerous occasions. The London born defender has also impressed when called upon by the first team and was solid against the threat of the champions last weekend. Clark has previously represented England at youth level, even captaining the Under-18 side but has decided he may benefit more from a decision to link up with Trapattoni’s Ireland. Reasons For Clark’s Decision

Injury Updates Ahead of Sunderland Clash

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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There is mixed news on the injury front with Luke Young out for at least the next 3 matches due to a torn hamstring but possible weekend returns for a number of others. Young injured the hamstring in training on Friday ahead of the Chelsea game leading to a surprise call-up for ‘Sunday, Monday, Habib Beye’. The Senegalese international put in a decent performance and may have done enough to retain a starting berth at right back over fit again Carlos Cuellar. News on Dunne, Albrighton and Heskey

Lads on Tour in Asia Trophy

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa have announced that they will take part in next summer’s Asia Trophy in Hong Kong so if you’re wondering where to go on you’re holidays, now you know! The club will be joined by the weekend’s opponents and league champions, Chelsea along with Blackburn. The pre-season tournament line-up will be concluded by whoever wins the Hong Kong First Division title so no doubts they’ll be hot favourites (Chelsea Who?)! The games will take place on the 27th and 30th of July. Gerard Houllier had his say on the announcement, stating,

“The Barclays Asia Trophy is a tournament which Aston Villa is very much looking forward to competing in. It will be exciting to play in Hong Kong and the tournament will be a central part of our preparations for the 2011/12 season.”

Fitness First

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The Villa players have undergone a drastic overhaul of training sessions since Houllier’s arrival with the team reaping the rewards. The new manager has introduced double sessions and extensive fitness sessions to gear the club to league progression. Fitness coach Robert Duverne was one of Houllier’s first appointments, made notorious for a training ground bust up with France captain Patrice Evra at the World Cup. It appears the 43-year-old really does take no prisoners after John Carew and today, Stiliyan Petrov, both revealed an increase in work rate at training. Carew and Petrov’s Take on New Regime

Happy Days as the Fonz Topples Rivals Wolves

Kevin MacDonald’s reserve side continued their decent form, stretching their unbeaten run to five games with a 3-2 victory over Wolves. The second string came from behind for the second game on the trot in front of on-looking manager Gerard Houllier. Villa found themselves 1-0 down at the break but an amazing second half saw the home side run out victors. The two line-ups could have easily been placed in an early cup round with seasoned professionals on either side. The Villa side included the likes of Guzan, Cuellar and Sidwell supported by promising youngsters such as Barry Bannan and Nathan Delfouneso. Read more

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