Here it is, the day we’ve all been waiting for, fixture release day.
It’s certainly going to be a long summer, with the vultures seemingly looming and the worrying silence from the club, at least we know we’re kicking off our campaign up north on the 6th of August with Hull away! Last season Hull at home was our opening game and we emerged victorious through a Gabby Agbonlahor goal.
Throughout the rest of August we play Wigan (11th H), Ipswich (18th A), Brentford (21st H) and Reading (25th H), a relatively easy month on paper for the Villans.
Coming into September we will be kicking it off with Sheffield United away on the 1st, Blackburn (15th A), Rotherham (19th H), Sheffield Wednesday (22nd H) and finally Bristol City (29th A). Another relatively simple month of football for the Villa.
In October things seem to be getting tougher, as we face newly relegated side Swansea on the 20th at home, along with clashes against Preston at home on the 2nd. (All fixtures will be listed below)
November hosts the first Second City derby of the season on the 24th as we welcome the Blues to Villa Park for an easy three points for the claret and blue faithful. We also face both east Midland clubs Derby (10th A) and Forrest (28th H) in what could prove to be a tough month for the Villa.
As always it’s a busy month in December, for me this will be the make or break for Villa’s season, if we aren’t comfortable in the automatic promotion places coming into this month and coming out of it then I wont be too confident on gaining automatic promotion, my heart wont be able to take another playoff final defeat… We start the month off with Middlesbrough away on the 1st, then local rivals West Brom (8th A), Stoke (15th H), Leeds United 22nd H), Swansea (26th A), and Preston away on the 29th. Swansea away on boxing day will be a nightmare for Villa fans travelling down, but I’m sure we will all be there in numbers backing the boys (and hope it will be better than Brentford away last boxing day…).
January seems significantly easier than December was, with QPR (1st H), Wigan (12th A), Hull (19th H) and Ipswich (26th H).
February will prove more dificult as we face West Brom (16th H) and Stoke 23rd A) again within a week of each other.
March will feature the second installment of the Second City derby (with another three points coming our way) on the 9th away at St Andrews.
April will test us to see what were made of as we aim to be in the automatic promotion places with easier games such as Sheffield Wednesday (6th A) and Rotherham (10th A) which could potentially be games we slip up on if we don’t focus. We also play Milwall on the 22nd at home and Leeds away on the 27th, both of which will be tough games.
Finally we will finish it off with Norwich at home on the 5th of May, hopefully we wont need to play any playoff games then… All fixtures will be featured below! Let us know what you think about the fixtures on Twitter, tweet me @danmorgi34 and @HeartOfTheHolte!
Though the silence is worrying, I’m looking forward to next season even more now, the promotion campaign begins on with Hull away!
Up the Villa!
Whilst you’re here, why not check out the video me and Ollie Mason shot? Unpopular Opinion – Aston Villa Edition. Linked below!