Aston Villa

Preview | February 24

Aston Villa-Nottingham Forest

Forest face a tough test at Villa Park.

Villa | WLWLD | 4th | Top Scorer: O. Watkins (13)

Villa's recent form has seen them drop down to 4th in the table. Their issue has not been creating chances. Their average xG (expected goals) of 1.72 is 6th highest in the league. Ollie Watkins is a key creative influence and has 10 assists this season (1st in the EPL). From a defensive point of view, Boubacar Kamara has been the leader, accumulating 30 tackles and 20 interceptions over the year.

Forest | WLDLL | 16th | Top Scorer: C. Wood (8)

Forest finally secured a win in their last match, but still have the struggles that preceded fresh in their mind. They had lost 3 of their 4 previous matches prior to this most recent breakthrough. Forest have one of the best defences in the league. However, their strong defensive record will be under threat here as they face a Villa side who have averaged 2.0 goals per match this season. Morgan Gibbs-White has been a top playmaker this season with 52 passes into the box over the year (15th in the EPL).

Villa-Forest Prediction: 2-1

This game is in the balance, yet Villa's dangerous frontmen appear as if they will make the difference.

Did you know? A 1-1 draw is the most common scoreline between these two teams in the history of the Premier League, occurring a total of three times.

Can Villa continue their good form and get another win? Will Forest gain more momentum in the next match? PokerStars Sports has hundreds of markets, so you can find your perfect bet on the big match.

Report | February 11

Aston Villa

1 - 2

Manchester United

Douglas Luiz 67 Rasmus Højlund 17
Scott McTominay 86

23Total Shots17
10Shots on Target5

Man United take three points away from Villa Park.

Rasmus Højlund scored the match's first goal for Man United in the 17th minute. Villa's Douglas Luiz responded with a tying goal in the 67th minute. With the scores level, Scott McTominay netted a timely 86th minute goal that proved to be the difference, securing Man United all three points.

The Overview

  • They may have lost the battle for possession with just 44% of the ball, but that didn't stop United creating chances as they racked up 17 shots.
  • The Villans peppered United's goal with 23 shots, but it was all in vain.
  • Although they got the win, United were wasteful in front of goal, only getting 29% of their total shots on target.

The Details

Bruno Fernandes continually probed down the flank, getting 8 crosses into the box. The Villans' passing game will give them reason to be confident in their next game, clocking up 487 completed passes. United only managed 387.

Man United extend their winning streak. Meanwhile, Villa's mixed form continues.

Top Performers

André OnanaDouglas Luiz
1 goal concededScored 1 goal
Saved 8 shots6 crosses (1st on their team)

Next up, Villa take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, February 17th. While Man United meet a struggling Luton on Sunday, February 18th. Will the Villans improve their form? Can United keep their great form going?

Report | February 3

Sheffield United

0 - 5

Aston Villa

John McGinn 12
Ollie Watkins 16
Leon Bailey 20
Youri Tielemans 30
Alex Moreno 47

10Total Shots14
5Shots on Target10

Villa humiliate sorry Sheffield United.

John McGinn scored the match's first goal for Villa in the 12th minute. After the first goal, Villa proceeded to add on 4 more goals on the way to a 5 goal thrashing of Sheffield United.

The Overview

  • The Villans won the possession battle with 66% and they had it in the right areas too, getting away 14 shots in total.
  • Despite the loss, the Blades had plenty of chances of their own, getting away 10 shots in the match.
  • The Villans' shooting precision paid off as they achieved an impressive 71% accuracy.

The Details

Diego Carlos linked the play brilliantly all game, with a 94% pass completion. The Blades were thwarted by the offside flag as Rhian Brewster was caught 3 times. The Villans' passing prowess allowed them to register 301 more passes than the Blades and come away with all three points.

Villa's uninspiring form comes to an end as they take all three points. Meanwhile, it's another game, another loss for Sheffield United.

Top Performers

Ollie WatkinsAlex Moreno
Assisted 2 goalsEarned a clean sheet
Scored 1 goalScored 1 goal

Next up, Sheffield United have a nail-biting game lined up against high-flying Luton on Saturday, February 10th. While Villa meet Man United at Villa Park on Sunday, February 11th. Will the Blades get out of this rough patch? Can the Villans win again?

Report | January 30

Aston Villa

1 - 3

Newcastle United

Ollie Watkins 71 Fabian Schär 32, 36
Alex Moreno 52 [OG]

12Total Shots14
6Shots on Target5

Newcastle take three points away from Villa Park.

In an exciting Premier League encounter, Newcastle secured the 3-1 victory. Villa definitely did not help themselves when Alex Moreno inadvertently scored an own goal in the 52nd minute. In the end, Newcastle won with a comfortable 3-1 score.

The Overview

  • With what little of the ball the Magpies had (39%), they were creative with it, generating 14 shots.
  • Despite the loss, the Villans had plenty of chances of their own, getting away 12 shots in the match.
  • The scoreline could have been more impressive if the Magpies had their shooting boots on, with their shot accuracy down at 36%.

The Details

Kieran Trippier continually probed down the flank, getting 11 crosses into the box. Villa's Moussa Diaby needed more support from his teammates in a game to forget, he only touched the ball 18 times. The Villans' dominance on the ball came to no avail, completing 206 more passes than the Magpies yet still losing the game.

Newcastle finally get a win. Meanwhile, Villa's mixed form continues.

Top Performers

Fabian SchärKieran Trippier
Scored 2 goalsAssisted 1 goal
1 blocked shot (2nd on their team)11 crosses (1st in the game)

Both squads play next on Saturday, February 3rd. Villa meet a struggling Sheffield United, while Newcastle meet Luton at St James' Park. Will the Villans improve their form? Can this be the start of a winning streak for the Magpies?

Report | December 30

Aston Villa

3 - 2


Leon Bailey 28 Zeki Amdouni 30
Moussa Diaby 42 Lyle Foster 71
Douglas Luiz 89 [PK]

19Total Shots9
7Shots on Target5

Villa claim last gasp win against Burnley.

Leon Bailey got the opener for Villa in the 28th minute after being assisted by Ollie Watkins. After the first, Villa proceeded to add on 2 more goals. Burnley nearly kept up in this high-scoring affair, scoring 2 of their own, but it wasn't enough as Villa narrowly took the win in this exciting match.

The Overview

  • The Villans converted their dominance of the ball (65%) possession into lots of chances, clocking up 19 shots.
  • The Clarets didn't generate enough chances, only mustering nine shots throughout the contest.
  • The scoreline could have been more impressive if the Villans had their shooting boots on, with their shot accuracy down at 37%.

The Details

Diego Carlos linked the play brilliantly all game, with a 92% pass completion. For Burnley, Josh Brownhill seemed off the pace defensively, committing 4 fouls in a frustrating game. The Villans moved the ball about nicely to take the win, completing 219 more passes than their opponents.

Villa bag a win. Meanwhile, it's another loss for Burnley, who'll hope to turn things around quickly.

Top Performers

Douglas LuizLyle Foster
Scored 1 goalScored 1 goal
4 crosses (1st in the game)2 tackles won

Next up, Villa take on lowly Everton on Sunday, January 14th. While Burnley take on Luton in a bottom-of-the-table dogfight on Monday, January 15th. Can the Villans win again? Will the Clarets get out of this rough patch?

Report | December 26

Manchester United

3 - 2

Aston Villa

Alejandro Garnacho 59, 71 John McGinn 21
Rasmus Højlund 82 Leander Dendoncker 26

13Total Shots10
7Shots on Target4

Man United produce astonishing comeback win.

This match was quite the high-scoring affair. John McGinn opened the score for Villa in the 21st minute. After the first goal, Man United responded in a big way, with a 3 goal barrage. Villa added another one goal but it was not enough as Man United took the three points.

The Overview

  • It was an even battle for possession (46% vs 54%), with United getting off 13 shots.
  • United's accuracy paid off well, 54% of their shots were on target.

The Details

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jonny Evans each racked up 4 interceptions throughout the game, constantly frustrating the Villans. Both teams showed flashes in the passing game. Man United had 395 completed passes while Villa completed 452 passes.

Man United are back in business as they take all three points. Meanwhile, Villa's mixed form continues.

Top Performers

Alejandro GarnachoJohn McGinn
Scored 2 goals2 shots on target (1st in the game)
1 blocked shot (1st in the game)1 blocked shot (1st in the game)

Both squads play next on Saturday, December 30th. Man United face off against a Forest side bereft of both points and confidence, while Villa will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing Burnley. Can United win again? Will the Villans improve their form?

Aston Villa – Season Preview

Nickname: The Villans
Stadium: Villa Park (Capacity 42,640)
Manager: Unai Emery (ESP)
Last Season: 7th

Unai Emery made a huge impact when he took over last season and Villa fans will be excited to see what he can conjure up after having his first pre-season at the club. Can they go even better and threaten the top 6 or will the strains of European football halt the Villans' progress?

Key Player: Ollie Watkins

Villa's turnaround last season was sparked by Emery but spear-headed by Watkins' record-breaking goal-scoring run. If they are to improve on last season, then a lot will hinge on the former Brentford man's ability to find the back of the net again.

Star Signing: Moussa Diaby €55m

The signing of the exciting Bayer Leverkusen winger is a real coup for Villa. The French international scored 31 times for the German outfit and at just 24-years-old has his peak years ahead of him. On top of the shrewd swoops for Pau Torres and Youri Tielemans, it's been a productive transfer window at Villa Park.

First Match: Newcastle (A) August 12

A fascinating first match between two teams trying to prove they belong with the elite of the league. They traded emphatic home victories last season, and if the 3-3 draw in pre-season is anything to go by, this should be a cracker.

Predicted Finish: 8th

The big question for Villa this season will be how their squad will cope with their busy fixture schedule and European travel. Scraping into the top half of the table might not be enough to satisfy ambitious owners and expectant fans but the step up to break into the top tier of the league is a big one.

Can Villa's star-striker have another stellar season?

Ollie Watkins - Top Goalscorer: 34.00

(odds correct as of July 31, 2023, and subject to change)

Did you know? Aston Villa are one of three clubs to have been founding members of both the Premier League (1992) and the Football League (1888). Along with Blackburn Rovers and Everton.

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