Rotherham (A) Preview: 7 wins on the bounce for Smith’s Villa?

Another trip to ‘God’s County’ stands in the way of Aston Villa’s quest for yet another victory today. Via the M6, A42, M42 onto the M1, or straight onto the A38 then M1 depending whether you like roundabouts or not, Villa travel to Rotherham United hoping to register a 7th straight win. South Yorkshire has had its ups and downs for Villa so far this year, losing 4-1 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane to last Saturday’s limbs beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 in the dying minutes. Despite Villa being big […]

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Championship vs Premier League

Before I start this article, let me make it clear – this will not be an article which focusses on FFP and the penalties we may face if we do not get promoted. This is for two reasons: 1) I am not an expert on this topic and an article about it, from me, would not make for a good or well informed read; 2) I am not clever enough, mathematically speaking, to understand the figures related to FFP. If you would like that kind of information, then please see […]

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Sharp-ened Blades crumble late on – AVFC 3-3 SUFC

The dust has finally settled after last nights emphatic 3-3 tie to Chris Wilder’s high-flying Sheffield United, after feeling shock, anger and frustration (all in that order) as Billy Sharp masterclass was in full effect. Lets talk through last nights affairs and how this will effect Villa in the long run, both positively and negatively. Same old Villa? It only took the Blades eleven minutes to break the deadlock from a corner kick from Oliver Norwood which had the Villa defence at sea. Billy Sharp calmly slotted away from the […]

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What life would be like if Aston Villa remain in the Championship for a fourth season

I’m not the kind of person that puts much thought into hypothetical scenarios. The what ifs. I’d be scared to open my front door each and every day if I did. But after Saturday’s 3-0 mauling up at Wigan I began wondering what life would be like for us should we remain in the Championship for a fourth term. Unlike some fans, who are already willing to write-off this season, I am not saying that it’s beyond the realms of possibility that we end up in the mix come early May. But […]

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Operation Smith-ball: Who fits in and who falls out?

After a disappointing defeat at Norwich on Tuesday night, Smith’s fledgling Villa era reads as won one, lost one. The defeat wasn’t necessarily an unexpected one given Norwich’s current form and confidence against our own tactical and philosophical transition post Steve Bruce. The Championship though, is an unforgiving division and 3 games in 6 days (2 away from home) was always set to be a tough introduction to the Villa hot seat for Smith and his new team. Norwich were however, an intriguing opposition to analyse. They’re a team who […]

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Villa’s Defensive Strategy… What Next?

When John Terry departed at the end of our “almost” season, sparking the beginning of our Summer of woe and uncertainty, it was clear that a sizeable hole had been left in both our defence and team as a whole. Despite our obvious financial issues in the Summer, Steve Bruce must have been aware of such a glaring weakness. As a Centre Back himself in his playing days he must have understood that any team wanting success requires a solid foundation on which to build that team. Replacing a player […]

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Steve Bruce – Under The Microscope (Part II)

Part II – There or Thereabouts In this series of articles, I will be taking a look at Bruce’s time at the club; from his hiring in October 2016, to ‘Cabbage Gate’, and everything in between. So strap yourselves in for a long and eventful ride. If you haven’t yet read Part 1, you can read it by clicking here: Steve Bruce – Under The Microscope (Part 1) Part 2 is all about the 17-18 season, Bruce’s first full season in charge of the club. Pre-season, transfer window and expectations. Following […]

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