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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Match Preview: Burnley vs Aston Villa

It hasn’t been a great time for Villa recently, has it?

Despite a vital win against Norwich on Boxing Day, we have lost 5 out of our last 6 matches. Our last game, against Watford, saw one of our most abject performances in recent times, causing us to lose 3-0 against a team who had 10 men for over 30 second half minutes and heaping the concerns of relegation on to us further.

But today marks the start of the January transfer window and a chance for Villa to bolster the squad ahead of our relegation fight.

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Match Preview: Aston Villa vs Newcastle United

Many media outlets will have this game penned as the Steve Bruce derby – the return of the former, disgruntled manager, coming back to prove a point to the nasty fans and the club who did so wrong by him (I hope the sarcasm came through!)

In actual fact, Steve Bruce should be an irrelevance in this fixture. This game is really about two clubs, who will both be in a relegation battle this season, trying to get an important 3 points.

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Match Preview: Aston Villa vs West Ham

It’s been a tough start to life back in the Premier League for Villa so far this season. One win and three losses – although one of these would have been a draw, had we not seen one of the worst refereeing decisions in Premier League history – sees Villa currently sitting in 18th place, just inside the relegation zone.

It’s no time for panic though. One win would see us significantly climb up the table and would supply the team with a lot of confidence. And what a time it would be to get it!

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