Aston Villa

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Were Aston Villa right to release Marc Albrighton?

He may only have been 24 but Villa’s decision to release Marc Albrighton brought down the curtain on a 16-year playing career at the club. Plucked from his junior team in Tamworth, Albrighton was first on the books as an eight-year-old and hadn’t looked back until last week. A series of fantastic ...

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Aston Villa: How will the fans remember the Randy Lerner years?

It’s official – Aston Villa are up for sale. The rumour mill had gone into overdrive in Birmingham as fans tried to piece together the jigsaw of what the future held for their club. It was perhaps the worst kept secret that chairman Randy Lerner was looking to cuts his losses – some reported £10...

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Squaefootball's Team of the Week - Week 38

After a season full of thrills and spills there were no final day shocks in the Premier League as Manchester City beat West Ham United to pip Liverpool to the title. Here is our final team of the week for the 2014/15 season. Goalkeeper: John Ruddy (Norwich) Ruddy may not be on the plane to Bra...

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Aston Villa: Can Villa stay up without gaining another point?

One point from their last six games should be enough for any team to be relegated. The way Villa have performed over the past few weeks has been nothing short of embarrassing and to be honest the team doesn’t deserve to be playing Premiership football next year. Of course every Villa fan wants th...

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Are Aston Villa on the rocks?

It seems it’s all going on at Aston Villa after the club suspended two senior members of its coaching staff. Assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and the head of football operations, Gary Karsa, will not be helping Villa’s push for survival for the foreseeable future. Neither have been in Villa fans’...

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Squarefootball Team of the Week - Week 34

Liverpool kept the Premier League title in their own hands as they saw off a resilient Manchester City side at Anfield on Sunday, but Chelsea are still on their tails following their hard-fought victory at Swansea - building up to one colossal match between the two a week on Sunday. Spurs also s...

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Will Aston Villa's away form see them to safety?

Everyone knows how poor Villa’s home form has been this year and how much of a threat the same side can be away from Villa Park, but perhaps not many people know how truly awfulthe record has been. Villa have set a record for the most home defeats in a single season during the current 2013/14 cam...

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 33

The race for the title is really hotting up, but so too is the battle for fourth asEvertonpile the pressure on struggling Arsenal. Liverpool returned to the top on Sunday following comfortable victories for Chelsea and Manchester City the previous day. Brendan Rodgers men were made to work at Upt...

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Saturday, 05 April 2014

How will Aston Villa cope without Benteke?

Villa fans couldnt believe their eyes as they watched the ticker tape roll past on Sky Sports News on Thursday with the devastating news that striker Christian Benteke will be out for six months. Its terrible news for the player whose World Cup dreams now lay in tatters, but now Villa, who are s...

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 32

Arsenal took a point off title-chasing Manchester City but Liverpool were undoubtedly the biggest winners of the weekend. Brendan Rodgers men strolled past a feeble Tottenham to top the table following Chelseas shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. Everton, Manchester United, Southampton, Swans...

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Can the unpredictable Aston Villa cause an upset at Man United?

Following Sunday’s hammering at home to an average Stoke side Villa pretty much confirmed themselves as the most unpredictable side in the Premiership. To lose 4-1 at home to a side that was level on points before kick-off was hard to take, but surprisingly it wasn’t that embarrassing.The main r...

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 31

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger marked his 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners with a 6-0 drubbing by title rivals Chelsea. The lunchtime kick-off was the springboard for the second biggest goalfest in Premier League history. The past weekend provided us with goals, goals, goals. But they werent ju...

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Aston Villa: What's there points target now?

Two wins on the bounce and suddenly things have really turned round down at Aston Villa. It’s important no-one gets too carried away but a win’s a win - and a win at Villa Park has been like gold dust over the last couple of years. To beat Chelsea, regardless of how much influence the referee m...

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Squarefootball'sTeam of the Week - Week 30

Aston Villa blew the title race wide open on Saturday evening with their shock win over leaders Chelsea. Jose Mourinho had Willian and Ramires sent off and he too was shown to the stands by referee Chris Foy. To compound his misery, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all won too. It was a me...

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 29

Arsenal booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend alongside Hull City and Sheffield United, while Manchester City were dumped out by current holders Wigan Athletic on their home patch. Meanwhile, back in the Premier League under-fire David Moyes saw his United side leave West Br...

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Fulham look doomed, but who will be dropping in to the Championship?

Fulham are rooted to the foot of the Premier League and Saturdays defeat at Cardiff City could have a devastating effect on their hopes of beating the drop. The Cottagers lost that massive six-pointer in Cardiff and their 13-year spell at the top table of English football looks to be coming to an e...

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Saturday, 08 March 2014

Aston Villa: Is Randy Lerner making the right choices?

The fans have been quick to have a go at chairman Randy Lerner and manager Paul Lambert – myself included - this season. It’s been a very frustrating time down at Villa Park with the team struggling against relegation for the third consecutive season, with no change in those fortunes looking likel...

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Thursday, 06 March 2014

Benteke joins Rosenthal, Torres and Van Vossen in the worst misses ever club

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke scored a sensational strike for the struggling Premier League side on Sunday in a rousing 4-1 home win over Norwich City. He left Villa Park the hero as he made a goal out of nothing to beat Norwich keeper Jon Ruddy. The big Belgian controlled the ball on his c...

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Arsenal, Mourinho, Pardew, City and Liverpool: Five things we learned this week in the Premier League

Week 28 in the Barclays Premier League proved to be an eventful one, especially for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. The former West Ham and Reading boss used his head - but in the wrong way - against Hull Citys David Meyler and will now surely have the book thrown at him by the FA. Elsewhere...

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Sunday, 02 March 2014

Aston Villa: Will Norwich have any fears of Lambert and Holt facing them again?

It’s a rhetorical question really because the answer would be a resounding no.The sad fact is Norwich fans will be travelling to Villa rubbing their hands together believing they can pick up three points and pull themselves closer to safety. In the meantime defeat for Villa really would start ge...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 27

Premier League leaders Chelsea left it late to see off Everton at the weekend but the chasing pack of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool remained hot on their taills with vital wins of their own. Arsenal destroyed Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland at the Emirates, City struggled to see of...

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Aston Villa: Can Villa replicate last season's strong finish?

Villa have enjoyed another extended break thanks to their lack of cup action, but now it’s back to business. It’ll be very interesting to see how Villa approach their next two games because now is the time to start picking up points. The team are four points better off now than they were this ti...

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Aston Villa: Why are Villa so reliant on Vlaar?

It’s quite shocking when you actually look closely at how badly Villa have performed when their captain hasn’t been available over the past two seasons. Any team would struggle without their best defender, but Villa seem to have taken it to a whole new level. Ron Vlaar is a Dutch international, he...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 25

Does anyone really want to win the Premier League title? This weekend Arsenal were embarrassed at Anfield and Manchester City drew a blank for the second consecutive game against Norwich City, allowing Chelsea to march to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle. There were also huge ...

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 24

It wasnt a good week if you were a fan of Manchester United, Man City or Newcastle United. All three of them suffered big defeats this past weekend, but its Swansea City defender Chico Flores who has taken most of the flak following his disgraceful play acting at Upton Park. Chico went down like h...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Aston Villa: Has Randy Lerner served his time at Villa Park?

Aston Villa have moved quickly this week to quash any rumours that the media-shy Randy Lerner is set to sell the club. After nearly eight years at the helm he’s appointed five managers and has seen his playing staff changed beyond all recognition. He’s ploughed millions into the club since taking ...

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Friday, 31 January 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 23

Everton were mauled by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby while Spurs were destroyed by the new league leaders Manchester City. Arsenal dropped points and a place as Manuel Pellegrinis side took full advantage of the Gunners slip-up at St Marys. However, who has found themselves a place in the Sq...

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 23

The Barclays Premier League. Dont you just love it! What a set of midweek fixtures weve just had, with major implications at the top and bottom of the league. Arsenal squandered top spot to Manchester City, Chelse failed to score past West Ham United while Sunderland and Crystal Palace continue ...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Aston Villa: Will two loan signings be enough to turn our fortunes around?

It has been far from a disastrous season at Villa so far, but it’s also been far fromgood. The standard of play has not improved 12 months on, but the defence looks sharper and when the side clicks, particularly away from home, they can play some decent football. The main issue seems to be wi...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Squarefootball Team of the Week - Week 22

Premier League leaders Arsenal retained their place at the top of the tree with a tough 2-0 win over Fulham, but Manchester City and Chelsea remain within touching distance following wins over Cardiff City and Manchester United respectively. Week 22 proved to be another action-packed installment...

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 22

The Premier League produced 30 goals at the weekend - and thats before we even get to tonights game between West Brom and Everton. Weve had own goals, red cards and a number of inept displays. But who has made it into Squarefootballs Flops of the Week this time? Goalkeeper - Allan McGregor (Hu...

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

UEFA team of 2013 v Premier League all stars

UEFA caused a stir this week by releasing its team of 2013 without choosing Barcelonas magic man Lionel Messi. The Argentine play maker is one of the greatest players of all time, but was overlooked for this accolade. Worse than that, only one current Premier League player made the grade and that w...

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Going Down - but which three sides will be exiting the Premier League?

The Premier League title race is the tightest it has ever been, but the battle to beat the drop is just as intense. Just six points separate Hull City in 10th place and basement boys Crystal Palace and any one of 10 teams could be relegated this season. But which three clubs will be digging out the...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Aston Villa: Are there small signs Christian Benteke and Villa have woken up?

It’s been another pretty dire season at Villa Park and another home defeat by Arsenal will not have changed how most fans view the campaign so far. But at least on Monday night there was a flicker of hope the side might actually fight for some sort of respectability before the season fizzles out....

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Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 21

It proved to be a great weekend for the top seven sides in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal started it on top but were replaced by Chelsea, then Manchester City, before gaining their place with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa. Things are also hotting up at the bottom of the table with just six poin...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 21

Arsenal started the weekend as Premier League leaders before Chelsea then Manchester City took occupancy with victories over Hull City and Newcastle United respectively. But the Gunners regained top spot on Monday night with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. It was a good weekend for the top seven sid...

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Monday, 13 January 2014

Aston Villa v Arsenal: Will the Gunners reclaim top spot?

Chelsea pinched top spot from Arsenal on Saturday, only to be replaced 24 hours later by title-chasing Manchester City, but can the Gunners reclaim their place at the peak of the mountain tonight with victory at Villa Park? Paul Lamberts men stunned the Gunners on the opening day of the season. Not...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Aston Villa: Was Lambert's comments on the FA Cup wrong or just honest?

Paul Lambert has spent the entire weekend explaining his recent comments - that the majority of top-flight clubs would rather not have the distraction of the FA Cup. Since the media swarmed on his words Lambert has claimed to have been misquoted or that his comments were taken out of context.Whethe...

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Saturday, 04 January 2014

Aston Villa: Will Lambert look to buy more experienced players during the January transfer window?

The Villa team has been crying out for a few experienced heads since Paul Lambert took over as manager. The Scotsman appeared to have bought well during the 2012-2013 season, bringing in several young players with a lot of potential. Matthew Lowton filled the right back void well, Ashley Westwood...

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Friday, 03 January 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 20

Theres nothing worse than starting a new year on a downer, but the likes of Manchester United, West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland did just that on New Years Day with defeat in the Barclays Premier League. Sunderland and West Ham occupy the bottom two places following poor results against Aston...

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Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 20

2014 started with a bang in the Barclays Premier League as Arsenal left it late to beat Cardiff City, Man City were too strong for the Swans and Chelsea put three past Southampton to ensure the top three sides all kicked off the new year with three points. Liverpool bounced back from consecutive de...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 19

Arsenal finished 2013 on top following a hard-fought win at Newcastle while Liverpool, who were top for Christmas Day, slipped to fifth after defeat at Chelsea. The final weekend of the year produced goals, controversy and great individual displays, but who has won themselves a place in the fina...

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 18

The Boxing Day fixtures went with a bang with a mixture of great games, controversial decisions and goals, goals, goals. Arsenal regained top spot following their victory at West Ham as Liverpool lost to Manchester City. Chelsea ground out another three points as Manchester United showed their winn...

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Premier League's 10 best bargain deals

The Boxing Day sales get under way today and everyone loves a bargain. Football managers are no different. Sure the fans love to see their clubs splash out on the biggest names. Just look at Arsenal when they signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. Mind you they had waited a few years for Wenger to spen...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 17

Its Christmas time, theres no need to be afraid, was the opening line from Band Aids smash hit Do They Know Its Christmas Time? While that may be the case to most humans, that rule doesnt apply to turkeys - who have been frantically running around farms across the globe over the past few weeks des...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 17

Arsenal and Chelseas bore draw on Monday night saw Liverpool top the table for Christmas Day following their convincing victory over Cardiff City at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers side climbed above Arsenal on goal difference but Liverpool now have two tricky away games against Man City and Chelsea to ne...

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Where now for Aston Villa?

The last few games have told us a lot about how much progress Villa have made under Paul Lambert. Wins against Cardiff and Southampton have merely covered up the cracks in a team which struggles against most sides in the Premiership. Coming against Man United on Sunday no-one expected to us to pic...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 16

Arsenals defeat at Manchester City has blown the title race wide open. Just two points separate Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, with Everton and Newcastle also battling it out for the title. It was another fine weekend for Liverpools Luis Suarez, while even Danny Welbeck manged to find the back ...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 16

The Premier League never fails to disappoint. On Saturday Manchester City and Arsenal went toe-to-toe at the Etihad with the hosts delivering a punishing blow to the Gunners title hopes while Liverpool went goal crazy against Spurs at White Hart Lane to climb to second. It wasnt such a good time...

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 15

It was another rollecoaster of a weekend in the Barclays Premier League. League leaders Manchester United lost at home for the second time in as many matches, Chelsea dropped three more points away at Stoke City while both Arsenal and Manchester City were forced to settle for a share of the spoils b...

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