Wembley Wildcards – The sidelined men Dean Smith could call upon for the Carabao Cup Final

This past week can only be described as gutting for Aston Villa; losing 2-0 away to Southampton, relegation rivals Norwich, West Ham, and Watford picking up wins, and Bournemouth earning a hard-fought point against Chelsea. The St Mary’s shocker prompted manager Dean Smith to say that “some players have played their way out”  of the line-up for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City – but what tricks could Dean Smith possibly pull out of his sleeve?

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Saints Against Villans: Across The Dugout Preview

After last weekend’s gut punch of a defeat at home to Spurs, and the increasingly tenuous nature by which we hold on to our spot in 17th, this weekend’s trip to the South Coast to take on Southampton takes on greater significance – although at this stage of the season every game is of significance.

There were notable improvements in a few aspects of our game against Spurs; we were assertive, wanted to play on the front foot and attack, and yet some all too familiar weaknesses and defensive lapses showcased themselves again and we were once again, left ruing another game with no points that perhaps deserved better.

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Earning our Spurs: Across The Dugout Preview

Way back in August on a sunny Sunday afternoon, Villa stepped out at Spurs’ new (originally named)
‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ as a Premier League team once more. Following the excitement of
playoff promotion and a Summer of recruitment, hopes were high for an exciting season ahead. After
a battling display we ultimately came away empty handed, but not disgraced. Unfortunately, some of the errors that led to defeat that day haven’t fully been remedied and as such, we’ve struggled to kickstart our season meaningfully as yet.

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Plugging The Leak: Villa and the Need to Stop Conceding

Any team should be seeking to concede the fewest amount of goals possible. It seems like a pretty obvious point to make when discussing football, but it’s easier said than done. Unfortunately for Villa this season, it’s been a particularly challenging issue and it’s a trend that must be bucked if we are to start acruing more points and climbing away from the perilous situation we currently occupy.

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Villa vs. Leicester: The 2nd Leg Preview

A few weeks on from the first leg at the King Power Stadium, and it’s fair to say Villa have had an eventful run of games since gaining that admirable, and a little unexpected, draw at high flying Leicester. We followed up that battling performance with an horrific capitualtion against reigning champions Manchester City, but since then we’ve licked our wounds and have proceeded to get 4 much needed points from our last two games.

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