First Preview of 2011/12! Fulham vs Villa: Pre-Match Predictions

August 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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So that time of year is nearly upon us again! Or is it? Uncertainty over the opening weekend of Premier League fixtures due to the nonsensical rioting which started in London and has swept the country has thus far overshadowed the upcoming 2011/12 campaign, but the Villa game at Fulham, as it stands, looks to be going ahead! Read more

Villa Have Clean Bill of Health Ahead of Liverpool Clash: Preview

Aston Villa host Liverpool on the final day of the season this Sunday, hoping to build on a fantastic all-round performance that saw them pick up all 3 points away to Arsenal last weekend. Extended Match Preview & Predictions

Extensive Arsenal Match Preview/Predictions

Aston Villa travel to Arsenal in the fourth game that assistant manager Gary McAllister will be taking control of, having failed to win under the Scot in their previous three attempts. Despite having lost 3-1 to Stoke last time out, Arsene Wenger’s men are unbeaten in their last 11 games at the Emirates, although they have netted just 2 goals in their last 4 games at home. Villa welcome new signing Jean Makoun back to the squad after the midfielder recovered from a leg injury this week but will be without defender Ciaran Clark once again. The hosts welcome back a key player in Thomas Vermaelen who has been out of action for the entire season having suffered an achilles injury over nine months ago. The Belgian will replace Laurent Koscielny who picked up a thigh injury in the loss at the Britannia Stadium. Gabby Agbonlahor could return for the visitors after Emile Heskey’s bizarre behaviour against Wigan last time out, though McAllister could opt to play a 5-man midfield with the likes of the returning Makoun and Marc Albrighton both hoping for starts. Extended Match Preview / Predictions

Villa vs Wigan Preview: Makoun Out, Dunne and Heskey Return

Aston Villa assistant/caretaker manager Gary McAllister has been boosted by a return to fitness for Richard Dunne, who hobbled out of last week’s West Brom defeat, and Emile Heskey who missed the game with a knee injury having started the previous two. The home side for Saturday’s clash will however, be without midfielder Jean Makoun who is still suffering from a dead leg, although the Cameroon international had been dropped from the side since a return to form for club captain Stiliyan Petrov. McAllister did little to impress Villa fans with some pretty nonsensical substitutions last time out, leading to a defeat to Hidgson’s Albion, and in turn, every other Midlands rival in the league and cup this season. Had Villa got a result the Scot would have been likely to shuffle the pack but with survival not mathematically secured, the fringe and young stars at the club may have to sit out once again. The hosts will be buoyed by the fact that Mohamed Diame and star man Charles N’Zogbia are both doubtful and will face late fitness tests. Extended Match Preview and Predictions

Villa vs West Ham Preview/Predictions: Stick or Twist?

Having overcome Newcastle last weekend in an albeit unspectacular manner, Villa manager Gerard Houllier is likely to name an unchanged side to that which won 1-0 last time out. Much improved performances from the likes of Stiliyan Petrov and Gabby Agbonlahor, who has recovered from a muscle strain to travel to London, should keep them in the side. Abject displays from new signings Walker and Makoun may mean that their places are less certain with a strong line-up of subs hoping for a return to action in a fully fit squad for the Frenchman. Extended Match Preview/Predictions

Villa vs Newcastle Preview/Predictions: Clean Bill of Health

Aston Villa host Newcastle on Sunday in a 4pm kick off tie which see both sides seeking revenge. This fixture two years ago on the closing day of the 2008/09 season saw Newcastle confined to relegation to the Championship, a fact which no Tonn fans have forgotten. For Villa, an early season humiliation at St James Park saw a Chris Hughton managed side romp to a 6-0 home victory thanks to an Andy Carroll hat-trick and a Kevin Nolan brace. The good news for Villa is that they will face neither come the weekend, backed by the advantage of having a clean bill of health throughout the squad and the return of Ciaran Clark from suspension. Extended Match Preview and Predictions

Preview: Villa to Travel to Goodison with Clean Bill of Health

Gerard Houllier will welcome a selection headache ahead of tomorrow’s away trip to Everton, with only full-backs Kyle Walker and Luke Young doubtful, though both are likely to travel to Goodison Park. An international break was a timely distraction to the task facing the club, though man of the match performances from Young and Downing against Wales and Ghana respectively kept the spotlight on the question, why are Villa so low? The hosts have a few injury concerns and will be without some key players as they look to assure safety, with a win tomorrow all but doing so for David Moyes’ men. The Villa boss has claimed that both Collins and Dunne will feature after recovering from injury with last month’s disciplinary issue behind them. The only definite absentee will be young defender Ciaran Clark who serves his second game of a two-match ban after picking up a hefty 10 yellow cards. Extended Match Preview, Pre-Match Predictions

Extended Bolton Preview: Dunne, Cuellar Out – Collins, Baker Doubt

Aston Villa travel North once again after suffering a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City last time out. Gerard Houllier made wholesale changes that day (8 in total) and you can expect more of the same after the Frenchman sacrificed the FA Cup in order to focus on league survival and, more directly, tomorrow’s game away to Bolton. In doing so the manager has heaped a lot of pressure on his side and himself to get a result at the Reebok, which is no mean feat nowadays. In fact, 7 of Owen Coyle’s sides 9 league wins this season have come at home so it could be an uphill struggle. More bad news was announced today, revealing that Richard Dunne has a dislocated shoulder and will be out for up to a month. The Irishman, on of the 3 to keep their place in Wednesday’s starting XI, joins Spaniard Carlos Cuellar on the sidelines, meaning a rush back from calf and head injuries respectively, may be on the cards for James Collins and Nathan Baker. Extended Preview/Predictions

Man City Preview: Defensive Nightmare After Rovers Win

March 1, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Aston Villa travel to Man City tomorrow off the back of a fantastic 4-1 win over Blackburn but with really defensive worries to concern Gerard Houllier. Carlos Cuellar, James Collins and Luke Young all remain sidelined, while youngster Nathan Baker is still suffering from concussion after a punch in the head from Paul Robinson at the weekend. One of Stephen Warnock or Habib Beye will surely be in the squad at the very least this time around having turned out for the reserves yesterday. Makoun remains suspended and Robert Pires may well be rested with age against him despite a good performance against Rovers. If Warnock and Beye continue to be overlooked it leaves Villa with 3 fit defenders, though Fabian Delph deputised well at left-back last time out. A young defence involving Walker, Clark and Delph will find it much harder to cope against the likes of Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli than against a misfiring and abject Blackburn front line. Extended Match Report and Pre-Match Predictions

Villa Pre-Match Predictions: Your Thoughts

February 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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I want to know who you think will play against Blackburn today, bearing in mind that Luke Young, Carlos Cuellar, James Collins and Jean Makoun are all definitely out. Will Petrov come straight back in or will Barry Bannan pick up where he left off against Rovers last month. With Collins and Cuellar both out, one would suggest Clark will move into the middle alongside Dunne so does that mean a possible unlikely return against his old club for Stephen Warnock or will youngster Nathan Baker pip him to the post having returned from suspension after being sent off against, you guessed it, Blakcburn. The game is incredibly the 9th in the last two seasons between the clubs with Rovers league record overshadowing Villa’s cup successes of late, so what will be the score? Also, the next Villa player to score at Villa Park will net the 500th league goal in the league at our holy home, so who will it be? To see my pre-match predictions click here

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