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Midweek Fixtures

I agree it is better to be in the Premier League than the Championship however I did love the midweek fixtures. It was exciting and gave us opportunities to make a real difference to our league position. During our 10 game winning streak, we were able to shoot up the table and be noticed. Well, as luck would have it we have midweek fixtures this week. I am really happy about this. I feel a bit hard done as I missed our win at Leeds at the weekend as I was sick. Tomorrow we take our second trip to Yorkshire in a few days to visit Sheffield United. And I fully expect us to bring another 3 points back to Birmingham.

Midweek Games

There are 7 games this week with one tonight, four tomorrow and two on Thursday night.

Midweek games

Four of the games (highlighted in pinkish-red) have a bearing on the midtable mini-league. None of these is a 6 pointer insofar as no two teams in the mini-league are playing each other. And to be honest only one of these four games really impacts Villa. That is The Baggies v Everton and as much as I would love to see an upset I am not banking on it.

Man City v Wolves

Pep and Man City just do look like they can do any wrong these days. 20 wins on the trot and the Premier League title surely a mere formality. They have Spurs in the final on the Carabao which I expect them to win. That leaves the FA Cup and the Champions League for an amazing quadruple. I actually think they will do it and do you know what? I am happy for them. The quality of their football is brilliant and they deserve their success.

Prediction: Man City win 3-0

Burnley v Leicester

This is an interesting game and I think as good as a ‘must win’ for Leicester as you get. Leicester fcuked up last season and threw away Champions League football at the final hurdle. This season, Leicester is the only team that has remained in the Top 4 since the start. They are suffering badly with injuries and I think they are going to drop out of the Top 4 by season end.

Prediction draw 0-0

Palace v Man Utd

If there is any justice and if the footballing Gods are looking down on this game then Man Utd will win. Crystal Palace play the worst football in the Premier League imo. Worse than The Baggies or The Blades. They are so boring to watch. They clearly have a 40 point strategy each season and it is horrible to watch. Palace make Steve Bruce look like Pep Guardiola. There win against Brighton was so unjust it must sicken the Brighton fans.

Prediction Palace loss 0-3

Baggies v Everton

I am certainly going to be cheering on our local rivals in this game. We really want / need Everton to drop points and a draw here for Big Sam would be great for Villa. But, Big Sam will know he needs wins and I expect he will go for it. With Saints and Brighton dropping down the league quicker than a whores knickers there is a little chance for one of the current bottom 3 to avoid the drop. Personally, I hope Fulham would be the team to survive as they play the best football and are more deserving.

Prediction Baggies loss 1-2

Liverpool v Chelsea

What a brilliant fixture this is to have. Tuchel is unbeaten in 9 games since replacing Frank. They are playing very solid football and have clearly turned a corner and I fully expect them to finish in the Top 4. They have yet to really destroy anyone or look like genuine contenders but that time will come I am sure. Liverpool are on a miserable run and have a very weak defence. Liverpool are also fighting for the lives to try and qualify top 4 so this is a massive game for them and I think both teams would be happy with a draw.

Prediction draw 1-1

Fulham v Spurs

Fulham play some great football and have consistently improved as as the season progressed. Spurs on the other hand have the ability to play brilliant football but are nearly as inconsistent as we are. I would like to see Fulham win this but from watching Spurs recently I think Bale is starting to regain form. An inform Bale is a match winner to any team in this league. If Bale continues like he has been the last few games this will be a straightforward win and we will see Spurs march up the table to finish top 6.

Prediction Fulham loss 0-2

Sheffield United v Aston Villa

On paper this should be one of the easiest 3 points we pick up this season. Blades can’t score goals nor can they defend. Their midfield is weak and their manager has lost all confidence in himself and his players. Their tactics, substitutions and game plan each week are consistently wrong. On the other hand, Villa is full of confidence. We have one of the best defences in the league and our attacking players cause problems to every team we play. This surely can’t be anything but a very straightforward win.

Hopefully, Smith will be boosted by his decision making against Leeds and as Vancouver suggested, resting Jack and Martinez would make sense. I just saw the Smith Pre-match conference and Jack is not playing. I think this is good news!

I am still feeling rough and the brain isn’t working too well so I am not going to make too many suggestions about the game. I will say I think Watkins will score and Dean should rest key players for the Wolves game. If we can’t beat Sheffield United playing a few reserve players then we may as well give up on this season now/

Prediction: Villa win 0-2

Ian Saint John (RIP)

Ian Saint John

I am not really old enough to remember Ian Saint John as a player. But in the 1980s, my number one TV program was Saint & Greavsie. This was in a time there was virtually no football on TV and living in Ireland I didn’t have the chance to attend games. Saint & Greavsie was the highlight on my Saturday. Earlier today Ian St John sadly passed away at the age of 82. Thank you for the memories!

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AVFCVillablog
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2 months ago

Like Dean Smith did with the mens 1st team, Gemma Davis steered the Villa women to promotion last season to the WSL and this season consolidated their place amongst the best in the top division.

No sentiment shown and nor should there be,
This shows me that when the time is right the Villa hierarchy will not hesitate to replace Dean Smith

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2 months ago

Aston Villa Women can confirm that Head Coach Gemma Davies and Assistant Manager Jenny Sugarman have left the club following the completion of the season.

The Club would like to thank both Gemma and Jenny for all their efforts and wish them every success for the future.

Has soon has they brought in Marcus Bignot has interim head Coach and demoted Gemma it was only a matter of time.

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Update

Aston Villa Women can confirm that Marcus Bignot’s term as Interim Manager has ended following the completion of the season.

We would like to thank Marcus for his hard work and dedication under difficult circumstances which culminated in the team recording an excellent draw at Arsenal yesterday to confirm our WSL status. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.

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2 months ago

Ridiculous refereeing
Utd always get the breaks. Greenwood’s handball gets penalized and this is a different game, they got away with so many fouls 1st half.

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2 months ago

what a turn around,ff/sake.
we are our own worse enemies.

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2 months ago
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Yep, silly
When will we play utd without penalties being a factor ?

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2 months ago

stupid penalty given away by luiz.

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2 months ago

Not too sure why Watkins got a yellow, Fred been pulling down JM 3 or 4 times.

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2 months ago

Think we’ve done okay so far, lovely goal from Traore, might of had another right at the end there. I like the aggressive press and not sure we’ve given them much, a few shots from distance.
Midfield doing okay against let’s face it better players. My usual pet peve, need to keep the ball better, got to find a way to keep possession from our own throw ins been going on for a long time.
Can we catch them on the break for another goal 2nd half ?
COYL !

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2 months ago

so far so good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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2 months ago

cracking GOOOAAALLL from traore.
get in there

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2 months ago

hi lads,

CMON YOU LIONS

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2 months ago

Villa v Man United

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2 months ago

Think we have to start with the winning team from Everton tomorrow, bit of a no Brainer really. Hoping Barkley has a good game again and I fancy Watkins to reak some havoc, there defence is relatively slow, if we move the ball quickly.
We can do this !
UTV !

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2 months ago

A bit of positive thinking there VV. Not so sure myself but agree the team will be unchanged. Great performance overall last week.

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2 months ago

Congrats to City & Chelsea then, fully deserved, utd a gimme after the first leg but really disappointing from the Arse. I kept expecting them to up their game and show some PL pace & desire, it never happened, even with 15 minutes to go and needing a goal they never got the ball forward quick enough.

Would love to see us involved in Europe again, I’m sure we could perform better than that Arsenal display tonight.

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2 months ago

How many losses against the villa this season now ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ 5

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2 months ago

Aston Villa is delighted to confirm ticketing arrangements for the return of supporters to Villa Park. ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต/๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ season ticket holders will be invited to enter a ballot for our home fixture with Chelsea, which will be open from 12pm on Wednesday, May 5 until 5pm on Sunday, May 9.

The ballot process will work as follows:

Supporters who held a season ticket for the 2019/20 season will be invited to register their interest in the fixture by entering into a ballot, which will be open from 12noon on Wednesday, May 5 until 5pm on Sunday, May 9.

Fans will be invited via email and also informed via our official website and social media channels as to when the ballot is open. Please ensure your email address and preferences are up-to-date to receive ticket news.

Please note, the ballot is drawn completely at random and fans can enter at any point during the open window; the ballot process will not allocate tickets on a first come, first served basis.

The ballot will be held entirely online via tickets.avfc.co.uk.
You will be asked to select between standard seating, accessible seating or wheelchair bays.

You can then enter the number of fans you wish to attend with. You can attend as a group of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 fans. Under-14s cannot enter the ballot as a lead booker but can be assigned a ticket.

You will then be able to assign each ticket to another fan as long as they are linked to your ticketing account in the โ€˜My Friends & Familyโ€™ section of your ticketing profile
Each fan assigned must be a 2019/20 season ticket holder. All tickets applied for must be assigned. Please ensure your ticketing accounting is up-to-date and you are ready to enter the ballot,

All ballot entries are final and cannot be amended when purchasing tickets.

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Speaking in slow motion. I’ll have to try that sometime when I do my next voice-over !
Fair play to the club though, and though quite anti-royalist myself, fair play too for the kudos this gives our club.

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2 months ago

Cracking team performance & excellent win, will those who say smith is clueless persist with that narrative after being victorious against the great Carlo Ancelotti ?.

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2 months ago
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They might do. Until we lose against Man U next week ๐Ÿคฃ

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Maybe I should have akso mentioned him being victorious against Klopp Rodgers Blelsa Nuno Arteta

Not bad for someone out of his depth๐Ÿคฃ

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Counts for nothing when you don’t pick Davies, play 2 up front and hang Barkley from the nearest yard arm.

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Yeah you could kind of understand the discontent if we were in Derby position right now, has it is were sitting 10th in the Premier League while their fans are worrying about possible relegation on final day of season to league 1

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2 months ago
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Barkley was very good on Saturday, looked back to closer to early season form. Maybe the injury & covid stoppage was worse for him than we thought. I did read the players were left to maintain/regain fitness more or less by themselves during that time, maybe he needs more than that ?
I’m not sure if I’d sign him permanently or not at this stage, tough decision for the club, especially if he repeats last effort for remaining games ๐Ÿค”

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2 months ago

have to say,i never expected that performance,
by far the best without jack.
well done the VILLA

night all ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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2 months ago

Up to 9th place ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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2 months ago

Well done all
Good win, deserved on that performance.

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