Aston Villa

Friday, 19 April 2013

Premier League: Has Aston Villa's Brad Guzan been the best keeper this season?

Readings Alex McCarthy was in the form of his life against Liverpool at the weekend. The Royals shot-stopper denied the Reds at every opportunity with a string of world class saves. This got me thinking, who has been the best goalkeeper this season in the Premier League? Manchester Citys Joe Hart w...

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 32

Another exciting week of Premier League and FA Cup football saw Manchester City and Wigan make a date at Wembly, Reading hold Liverpool, Arsenal beat Norwich City and Sunderland outclass Newcastle. But who made it into our Squarefootball Team of the Week? Heres Mitch Waddons best XI from the w...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Millwall, Chiles and Aguero ensure unedifying scenes all round, but let’s keep the One Direction boys out of it

It was a weekend of football in which the seamier, more ugly side of the game sprang forth. A dispiriting reminder of a time we’d hoped had passed; a nightmarish collage of unedifying horror and depressing folly. Yep, Adrian Chiles was fronting the FA Cup again. Obviously, the game on Saturd...

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Aston Villa v Fulham: Can the Villa move three points closer to safety?

Matthew Lowtons screamer against Stoke City last weekend helped the Villans towards three crucial points in their fight for survial, but can they back up that victory with another three points against Fulham this afternoon? The Cottagers havent won at Villa Park in the league for 40 years, and are ...

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Predict the Premier League: QPR, Spurs and Arsenal lead the way

Its been a good fortnight for the three London clubs - well off the pitch any way - with QPRs John Jaycock and Tottenhams Adam Crawford picking up 19 points, with Arsenals Josh Ben Moshe on 18. Its not been so good for Stoke City, Southampton or Norwich City, with the sides occupying the bottom thr...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland edge ahead of Wigan

Sunderland may only have six games left to save their Premier League status but Black Cat Tony Ratton is edging slightly closer to Predict the Premier League title glory. Mr Ratton, who has been favourite for the title for the majority of the season, has moved one point clear of his nearest rival W...

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Aston Villa: Was Lowton's screamer the best Villa goal ever?

Following Matthew Lowton’s screamer against Stoke over the weekend it seems a good time to reminisce over some of the Villa’s greatest strikes in recent memory. We’re looking at goals since the 1990s, simply because, although there have been plenty of wonder goals since Villa’s formation in 187...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Di Canio attempts to form his first impression while West Ham’s Brady dispels hers

Fascist, egotistical, divisive, authoritarian, plain bonkers; these words are ringing around all our ears right now thanks to a recent media storm it’s been impossible to escape from. No, not the death of a former Prime Minister yesterday, although I can see why you’d think that. Instead it i...

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Saturday, 06 April 2013

Stoke City v Aston Villa: Can the Villans drag Stoke into the relegation dogfight?

Aston Villa slipped back into the bottom three last weekend. Wigans late win against Norwich alongside Villas inability to beat Liverpool at home saw the two relegation battlers swap places down at the bottom. This afternoon Paul Lamberts men head to the Britannia Stadium. The home of the Potters u...

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Premier League: Where has all the excitement gone?

ThePremier Leagueseason should be coming to the boil, but for me its been strictly alukewarm affair.The last nine months have had an air of inevitability about them. Manchester United havebreezed to their 20th top flight title and even Sky have struggled to sell this title race. From them...

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Friday, 05 April 2013

Aston Villa: Will 39 points keep us up?

How many points will be enough to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League? How long is a piece of string comes to mind at first. It’s so close down at the bottom at least seven teams could be relegated come May. The biggest issue Villa have at the moment is their fate is not in their hands. Th...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 31

Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Southampton, Wigan and West Ham all picked up three points in a weekend that produced a whopping 23 goals - five of which came at the Emirates. There was a number of outstanding individual performances at the weekend, but who has done enough to win...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Sunderland swap experience for explosive as all eyes focus on Wearside

On the day the new bombastic series of Doctor Who crash landed on to the screens of the BBC, there was the cataclysmic beginnings of a regeneration of a different kind in the otherworldly realms of the North East. That’s right, Martin O’Neill, football’s very own wide-eyed madcap enigma was u...

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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Aston Villa v Liverpool: Villa target rare Liverpool double

Wigans late win over Norwich City yesterday has put Aston Villa back into the drop zone once again. Kones 81st minute strike lifted the Latics above Villa on goal difference, but can Villa complete a rare double over Liverpool to ease their relegation fears or will the Reds bounce back in style foll...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Gazza’s running out of chances while England run riot in San Marino

Let’s face it, there’s an awful lot of guff on TV isn’t there? In the ever-burgeoning crevasse of broadcasting channels, the sheer volume of half-baked tripe and lightweight, hollowed-out husks of regurgitated twaddle leaves the average viewer starved of visual stimulation and viewing conten...

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Aston Villa: Can Villa now march up the Premier League table?

There haven’t been two more important back-to-back victories in my lifetime than those against Reading and Queen’s Park Rangers over the last couple of weekends. The wins against second from bottom Reading and basement boys QPR were make or break for Villa.Even winning the games have left Vil...

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Predict the Premier League: Liverpool are on top of the pile

Its been almost a month since the scores for Squarefootballs Predict the Premier League were last updated, so without further ado lets get cracking. Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0 The Reds were braced for a tough game against the Capital One Cup finalists, but Michael Laudrups mind was already focused...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland and Wigan remain neck and neck

Sunderlands Tony Ratton was the man to beat in our Predict the Premier League competition, but since the turn of the year Wigan Athletic fan Jimmy Shine and even Manchester Citys Callum Rothwell have both taken over top spot. However, today, as we update the league for the first team in a month, the...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 30

Arsenal gave their Champions League hopes a huge boost at the weekend by beating Swansea City. Tottenhams shock defeat at home to Fulham gave Gooners even more reasons to cheer, but the biggest reaction at full time definitely came at Villa Park as Aston Villa saw off QPR in a five-goal thriller...

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Aston Villa v QPR: Can Redknapp drag Lambert back into trouble?

Both Aston Villa and QPR won at the weekend to give their survival hopes a boost, but who will be the happier set of fans come the full-time whistle on Saturday? QPR are statistically the dominant force in this fixture, particularly in the league. They have recorded 20 victories against Villa to th...

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Bale, Michu, RVP or Suarez: Who is your Player of the Season?

There have been some outstanding performers in the Premier League this season. Gareth Bales stunning goals and man of the match displays have helped Tottenhams top four dreams, Luis Suarez is currently topping the leagues scoring charts, Robin van Persies arrival at Old Trafford has all but wrestled...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Is Aston Villa’s strike force strong enough to keep them up?

It’s been clear since the start of the season Villa’s defence and midfield has been for too weak to compete against most of Premier League’s clubs. The back line is not entirely to blame by any stretch of the imagination because as the old adage goes – you defend and attack as a team. With easil...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Munich is top of United’s problems but Nani ain’t one

Last week saw a big few days for Manchester United. Prodigal son and spray tan admirer Cristiano Ronaldo sauntered back into town with the same cocksure swagger and over-preened sense of self-worth he left with four years ago, and along with his slightly misfiring team broke the hearts of his...

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Saturday, 09 March 2013

Reading v Aston Villa: Will Villa rule over the Royals?

Aston Villa and Reading start today in the bottom three but theres only one set of fans heading to the Madejski with a smile on their faces and thats the visitors. You see Reading and Aston Villa have met nine times in the league down the years and Villa have won all but one of them. That should giv...

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Thursday, 07 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week

Arsenal lost the crunch north London derby while Liverpool and Manchester United went goal crazy, QPR gave their survival hopes a boost with victory over Southampton and West Ham became only the second side this season to win at the Britannia, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Here i...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Comical Colin losing his seat could mean Match Of The Day 2 losing much much more

It could be argued that watching football on television has become a full-time endeavour. Well obviously for me it is because each week I force my rambling and churlish thoughts on the subject on to your computer screens in a senseless demonstration of puerile envy. But for all of us now, it ...

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Monday, 04 March 2013

Aston Villa v Man City: Can Villa stun the champions?

Every result at the foot of the table this weekend has gone Aston Villas way but can Paul Lamberts men take full advantage by beating the champions Manchester City at Villa Park this evening? Looking at the table you would have to say no chance, but Villa stunned City earlier in the season in the C...

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Friday, 01 March 2013

Can Aston Villa reach the magic 40 points before the end of the season – and will it even be enough?

Ever since the Premier League was reduced to 20 teams those at the bottom have been aiming for the ‘magic 40-point mark’ – the mark that usually means your team has avoided relegation. It’s probably more to do with the fact ‘40’ is a nice, round number and easy to add up to, but for w...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 28

Arsenal and Spurs picked up three points at the weekend to put the pressure on Rafa Benitez and Chelsea. Spurs are now two points clear of Chelsea in third place with Arsenal just two behind the Blues, but with the north London giants squaring up to each other this weekend, Chelsea may have the op...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A lack of fanfare for the Final but Swansea make worthy champions nevertheless

There was a time in football, about six or seven years ago when it all became a bit tedious. Mourinho’s Chelsea and Fergie’s United were so far ahead of everybody else that those two goliaths monopolised the English game completely. It seemed as though every piece of silverware was theirs to ...

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Aston Villa 3 Man United 1 1994

League Two Bradford City have been given no hope in beating Swansea City at Wembley this afternoon, but cup finals in England dont always go to plan. Just ask Manchester United! Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has been looking back at some of the competitions most classic finals. Here he turns his s...

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Arsenal v Aston Villa: Can Arsenal get back to winning ways?

Arsenal have had a week from hell. Dumped out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers, the Gunners were then embarrassed at home by the German giants of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, if Arsenal fans think theyve got it bad they should spare a thought for their opponents this afternoon. ...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Aston Villa: What can we expect from Arsenal and Man City?

Nearly two weeks have passed since Villa last kicked a ball in anger and every fan’s blood pressure has returned to normal. It won’t be long, however, until the hearts are racing again and Villa will be back in action once more, fighting for their survival. And what a baptism of fire the Vi...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Schmeichel talks us through United’s trip to Madrid while Piers talks down to Owen

For me this past weekend’s football was filled to the brim with acute annoyances and irksome irritations. To start with it was FA Cup Fifth Round and all the best games were on ESPN, and as I’m still too cheap to upgrade it means I had to go without. On top of that, my beloved Leicester didn’...

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Predict the Premier League: Man City on top with Wigan and Sunderland in close pursuit

Manchester City may have blown their Premier League chances following their defeat at Southampton but Citys Callum Rothwell could be about to continue the clubs push for honours in our Predict the Premier League competition. Mr Rothwell, a former winner of this competition, has put his disappointme...

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 26

Manchester Uniteds victory over Everton at the weekend combined with Citys defeat at Southampton has put Fergies men 12 points clear of their rivals and the title looks to be heading back to Old Trafford. City just werent at the races and were duly punished by the Saints and United made sure the...

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Aston Villa v West Ham: Can Villa escape the bottom three?

Aston Villa were given a huge boost yesterday as fellow relegation battlers QPR, Wigan and Reading all lost, meaning victory today could see them jump out of the drop zone. But standing in their way is a West Ham side looking to win the battle of claret and blue. Paul Lambert has endured a horrific...

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Friday, 08 February 2013

Why Royal Mail's Dream Team fails to deliver the goods

Royal Mail has assembled its Home Nations dream team to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. Legends of the game like Bobby Moore, George Best and Denis Law all feature in the special stamp collection, but eyebrows have been raised at some of the names who have missed out. H...

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Thursday, 07 February 2013

Aston Villa: Is this the worst side ever?

With the current crop of Villa players constantly being referred to as the worst in living memory perhaps it’s time to have a look back at seasons gone by to see if it’s really the case. The performance against Everton over the weekend by Villa’s 2012-13 squad gave fans another glimme...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

QPR, Wigan, Villa, Reading or Southampton - who are going down?

The battle to beat the drop is really hotting up. With the promise of extra millions for clubs in the Premier League next season due to the new TV deals coming into play everyone is desperate to stay in the top flight. QPR, Wigan, Aston Villa, Reading and Southampton all picked up vital points at...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 25

It was another exciting week in the Barclays Premier League with wins for Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Reading, West Ham and Spurs. A total of 23 goals were scored as Manchester United extended their lead at the top to nine points, while those at the bottom all put in sterling p...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Deadline Day drama as Simon gets angry and Peter gets lost

The more attentive among you might have noticed we endured the annual manic torture–fest that is Christmas recently, indeed you may still be recovering from it’s stress-pounding effects even now. Probably the most excruciating facet of the festive period, aside from having to spend uncomforta...

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Saturday, 02 February 2013

Everton v Aston Villa: Can Villa do to Everton what they did to Liverpool?

Everton were the big winners in midweek. While Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool all drew, a brace from Leighton Baines against West Brom ensured the Toffees moved to within a point of fourth placed Spurs. Today they entertain relegation-threatened Aston Villa, with Paul Lambert desperate to li...

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Friday, 01 February 2013

Aston Villa: Can one signing and one good half of football give Villa fans hope?

In a strange way, watching the second half against Newcastle was even more frustrating than going out of the League Cup against Bradford City. Why? Because now I believe we can stay up again. That might sound ridiculous coming from a Villa fan, but let me explain. It had been so much easier wat...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Aston Villa v Newcastle United: Can Pardew pile pressure on Paul Lambert?

Aston Villa have been dumped out of both the Capital One Cup by Bradford City and the FA Cup by Millwall within the past week. Tonight they may be consigned to the relegation zone if they fail to beat fellow strugglers Newcastle United. The boys in claret and blue are in crisis. They just simply ca...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Not-so-safety Hazard means the game’s integrity takes another kicking

There just aren’t enough programmes on TV that include adults kicking children are there? Since the good old days of exploitation and corporal punishment were deemed “unacceptable”, we’ve slowly evolved into a culture in which little toe rags run around doing whatever the hell they please. Sm...

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Predict the Premier League: Good news for Villa

Aston Villa have been dumped out of both cup competitions this past week by lower league opposition and face a huge six-pointer with Newcastle on Tuesday, but there is some good news for those in claret and blue. Villa fan Frank Pattison was one half of our top pundits this past fortnight, along wi...

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Predict the Premier League: Wigan topple Sunderland

There are some things in football that I thought I would never see. Bradford City reaching a cup final, non-league Luton Town beating Premier League giants Norwich in the FA Cup and Wigan topping the Predict the Premier League table. Yes, youve read that right. After leading the table for about 20...

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Arsenal, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle: The top 10 FA Cup giant killings of all-time

Luton Town became the first non-league club in 24 years to beat a top flight side on Saturday as the Hatters beat Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road. Paul Buckles men rode their luck against the Canaries, but super sub Scott Rendell wrote his name in FA Cup folklore with a winner 10 mi...

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Top 10 bargain January transfer targets

With one week left in the January transfer window it is crunch time for managers who want to bring in players hoping to improve their fortunes in the second half of the season. It also is the last chance for clubs desperate to avoid relegation to reinforce their squads. January rarely sees...

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