• ‘To change things you need time,' says Liverpool manager• Klopp says Benteke is ‘waiting for all his skills to come back'Jürgen Klopp has said he took the Liverpool job because it was the right one, not the easiest one, and that it would need David Copperfield to conjure an [...]
The ESPN FC crew look at the key players in this intriguing Premier League title race.
Arsenal may never have a better chance to end their 12-year wait for a Premier League trophy but Leicester stand in their way and remain the story of the season.
The pair clash on Sunday when [...]
Rémi Garde's team are showing signs of life at the bottom having lost one of their last five league games, although there were also signs of defensive vulnerability during last weekend's win over Norwich City. With Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi back from injury, Roberto Firmino scoring five [...]
• Striker returns to Aston Villa for first time since £32.5m transfer• ‘I gave him some advice as a human being' says Liverpool coachJürgen Klopp has spoken to Christian Benteke “as a human being and a coach” in an attempt to kick-start his Liverpool career but says ultimate responsibility rests [...]
Gabriel Agbonlahor made his first start at Villa Park since coming back from injury and scored in Aston Villa's 2-0 win against Norwich.
Christian Benteke has not scored in his last 11 appearances but Aston Villa supporters would feel relieved if he spent the entirety of Sunday's Premier League game [...]
This week's winner is Fraser Reynolds who wins a copy of Football Manager 2016. Next week we'd like your takes on China: the new moneybags footballing superpower. Send your efforts to email@example.com by noon on Monday 15 February as a jpeg, complete with a caption. Anyone who forgets will have [...]
Chelsea fret over Kurt Zouma, while Spurs show their ferocity. Is Gylfi Sigurdsson the best set-piece specialist in the Premier League? And what will Arsenal have in store for Leicester?In the buildup to Manchester City's first Pep-Prequel game there was a lot of speculation over how the promised arrival of [...]
There's still a chance for Aston Villa to survive but they need to keep winning. A small, ever-fleeting, glimmer of hope. That's all Aston Villa have left. While I've been saying this team has been doomed to relegation for a few months now, it still hasn't been mathematically confirmed.
Villa gaffer [...]
‘This season, more than ever, we needed a festive miracle and a January bargain in the sales, which never came.' By Chris Budd I had a feeling in the summer when I wrote the original ‘Missing Links' article that I might be writing part II at some point, probably close [...]
Uh oh, it's officially happened. The Villa world, including myself, has now become engrossed in pondering every possible permutation of remaining fixtures. After a sudden upturn in form, Villa now face a Liverpool team that is far from at it's best. Is the seemingly impossible, possible?If there [...]
Last weekend we saw one team that was really, really bad and the Villans having enough about them to exploit their opponents' inadequacies.
This is something that the Villans have not been able to do for a long time. What was particularly telling was that we were playing a team that [...]
The disappointment of losing the game against West Ham United last week was dispelled by the win versus Norwich City. Once again, it seems that we still believe we can get out of this fight. With thirteen games left in the Premier League and with eight points between the Villans [...]
Episode 80 of the Holtecast is here and we're all getting old. We're back and winning-er than ever! It's episode 80 of the Holtecast and we're riding the high that can only come from beating a team by multiple goals. I'm sorry you had to be the punching bags, [...]
February the fourteenth, the day of love, is the day that lovers spend together. So what better day to follow the love of your life at Villa Park? The problem for many is that over the last few years they have fallen out of love with the great club, having [...]
Rémi Garde is ready to stick with Aston Villa even after relegation but only if he gets funds for an immediate promotion push.
There has been speculation over Garde departing after the club failed to sign anyone in the January transfer window but talking to French radio station RMC he said:
Benteke is back! Well, actually he's virtually passing through Villa Park on the way to another visit to Wembley, and so he and the rest of his team-mates (wanting to remain intact for the Final) might just give an opportunity to Villa to steal the show this week-end. Let's face [...]
Saturday's 2-0 home win over Norwich City at Villa Park was most welcome and leaves the club with the slightest glimmer of hope of avoiding relegation. Norwich City is a very average side and failed the Canaries to offer much attacking threat but the comfortable manner of the victory was [...]
Villa Win Jordan Ayew's rash decision making cost us against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground midweek and after the complete lack of intent shown by the board in January, everything Villa orientated was again tainted with depression. To add to that, rumours had been flying around in every paper [...]
On Gabby and entitled fans.
'The papers, they like to chat a load of shit really.' - Gabby Agbonlahor after Aston Villa's win against Norwich
If you're reading Gabby - I'll own up to it: I do too.
Adam Clark wrote a great piece this week following Saturday's win over Norwich City, [...]
Aston Villa's win against Norwich City on Saturday has once again given us a glimmer of hope that we may actually be able to save ourselves. It was a rare win yet, in truth, performances and results have generally being picking up for the last six weeks or so. Whilst [...]
Aston Villa pulled league win number three for the season out of the bag on Saturday with a fairly comfortable victory over a woeful Norwich City side. In a season like this you take any happiness as it comes, and this was finally a day to celebrate – and more [...]
Villa won?! At home?! Gabby scored?!
You might think that the title is over simplifying things, and it is, to a certain extent. But that's exactly what happened. Villa played good football, not great football, and it was enough to get them over the line. Were Norwich amazing? No. [...]
Everyone knows I've got this optimistic view on things Aston Villa at the moment and while I had a good feeling about the game on Saturday, I have to admit that my confidence was simply blind optimism. I just think you have to have that view, when it's possible things [...]
I spent literally four or five hours on Sunday, trying to post something saying how chuffed I was that we'd got another win, but I had to concede defeat against the chronic internet over here.
I'm now on a paid-for connection and whilst it's still poor, it does at least work [...]
We're back and winning-er than ever! It's episode 80 of the Holtecast and we're riding the high that can only come from beating a team by multiple goals. I'm sorry you had to be the punching bags, Norwich City, but I'm actually not sorry.
So yeah, Jack and Robert spend a [...]
It's been a busy week for Aston Villa. The transfer window ended on Monday with no business done and the board under fire, but it was right back to Premier League action on Tuesday evening. Villa's last game at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground resulted in a 2-0 loss, a [...]