Liverpool (H) Preview ft The Anfield Wrap

This time around – in Week 11 of fixtures – Aston Villa play host to a seemingly unstoppable force from Merseyside, Liverpool FC.

The red half of Liverpool city haven’t lost a league game since their 2-1 away loss to Manchester City in January last season; quite frankly a remarkable defeat. Tottenham were the latest team to face the wrath of the Reds as Jurgen Klopp’s side edged the game 2-1.

Villa on the other hand come into the game off the back of a 3-0 loss to reigning champions Man City. Not that it did our spirits any harm, after all,  even a sniff at goal could be considered a successful afternoon at the Etihad and we held our own for the first half at least.Read More »

Villa vs. Everton: The Preview

It’s Friday night lights at Villa Park this week, and with it, an opportunity to move on from the frustrating defeat at the hands of Bournemouth on Saturday. This time, Everton are the visitors and it’s a welcome return of two famous old clubs locking horns in the top flight.

In advance of the match we here at Heart of the Holte sought the opinions of Dave Whitehead from agrandoldteam.com (@grandoldteam) (click here to check them out) to give us the lowdown on things from a Toffee’s perspective.

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Match Preview: Aston Villa v Bournemouth

Come Saturday afternoon 1197 days will have passed since Villa Park last hosted Premier League football. Our last top flight outing resulted in a tepid 0-0 draw with Newcastle United that, at the very least, halted a run of 11 straight defeats and dragged our opponents into the relegation mire.

A lot has happened since then mind – a couple of takeovers, three Championship seasons, two play-off finals and four wins (zero defeats) against our cross-city neighbours! However, one thing is for sure, we’re in a much better place now both on-and-off the pitch than were back in May 2016.

And whilst we were dogging it down in the Championship this weekends’ opponents Bournemouth have been up to a different kind of graft and guile; steadily building the foundations of what can now be considered a reasonably safe and sturdy Premier League outfit. Having said that, manager Eddie Howe is as down-to-earth as they come and will know that survival is not a given. As is the case for most clubs outside of the ‘big six’.

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