Perhaps it's just me, but I have to be honest in saying that my interest in this season is massively waning at the moment.
There's just nothing for me to get excited about.
The league cup defeat left me on a downer, for reasons I've already cited and it just seems we're [...]
Three games crammed into seven days delivered an unlucky point (and a rightly overturned red card), a comfortable away win – with a debut goal for a young talent – and a poorly-attended cup exit. What can Villa fans learn from the recent three-game run? WELCOME BACK, ADAMA! The return [...]
EFL clubs including Aston Villa have indicated that they would be interested in closing the transfer window earlier, just like the Premiership from next season.
There was a meeting yesterday that involved all 72 clubs and it was decided that the final decision will be put to a formal vote in [...]
It's fair to say that Scott Hogan has yet to prove himself in an Aston Villa shirt so far. Although a sizeable fee of £9.45 million was handed over to Brentford back in January, Hogan's impressive goalscoring record went a long way to justifying the price tag. In just a [...]
Transfer Sanity EFL clubs today clearly indicated their support to close the summer transfer window earlier to follow the lead of Premier League club's recent vote. The decision was taken at a meeting of all 72 Clubs, with a formal vote to come in February next year ahead of any [...]
The line-up that Steve Bruce had selected for this game left me bemused and almost despondent when I saw it.
I don't know why, as we all expected it.
Was it ten or eleven changes?
Not that it mattered much.
I then saw that Boro had also selected a severely weakened side and it [...]
19-year-old Keinan Davis has been a surprise star this season after breaking through to the first team last season. The striker signed who signed from Biggleswade in 2015 was originally brought in as a youth player but has surprised many by already breaking into the first team and he is [...]
The club recently posted on social media about trying to keep the unbeaten run going – ‘Unbeaten in 6 games in all competitions, let's make it 7'. An impressive statistic to those fans who saw it although one that glossed over a painful truth so is it just a false [...]
I have to tell you, I was convinced we were going to win the League Cup this season, absolutely convinced. I'm so frustrated this morning as I was banking on winning the League Cup to get into Europe next season.
I'm trying to make light because after the post [...]
• Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City• 10-man Aston Villa lose 2-0 at home to MiddlesbroughWhile several Premier League sides went out of the Carabao Cup, Stoke City were one of only two to lose to lower league opposition, in the shape of Bristol City.Stoke were undone at Ashton Gate by [...]
Tuesday evening saw Middlesbrough make their way back to Villa Park to see a nearly completely new side from the Claret and Blue in the Carabao Cup. Just a week removed from their 0-0 draw against Boro, Aston Villa put in nine substitutions while holding over Birkir Bjarnason and Henri [...]
Aston Villa lined up against Middlesbrough for the second time in 7 days at Villa Park and made 11 changes from the team that beat Barnsley 3-0 at the weekend.
Former captain Tommy Elphick, youngsters Callum O'Hare and Jake Doyle-Hayes were amongst the changes. Middlesbrough was not to be outdone though [...]
Cup ties haven't been much to look forward to for Villa the last several years. Ever since Martin O'Neill set the tone in Russia, Villa have seemingly had to prioritize league survival over cup glory (though MON was trying to save the squad for the push to the top). This [...]
This first part of the post isn't in the title. It's about my bluenose statement the other day. I didn't want to put it in the title, for some to suggest it was click bait. Got to be careful these days.
But, do you want Aston Villa to lose tonight [...]
For those who don't already know, I hate the fact that we play weakened sides in the cups.
I believe we should play every game to do our utmost to win, simple.
I can hear your thoughts straight away.
“It's a waste of time and only detracts from our efforts in the league”.
After a mid-week scoreless draw last week — two familiar foes face off in cup clash. The match logistics
Kickoff is Tuesday, September 19 at 7.45pm.
No television coverage or video stream through AVTV.
Audio stream available through AVTV
Villa have beaten Colchester and Wigan to advance to the third round.
• Bookmaker offered 66-1 on late defender succeeding Harry Redknapp• Former Tottenham coach Ehiogu passed away in AprilA gambling firm has apologised after it allowed customers to bet on a dead former footballer becoming a manager. Paddy Power briefly advertised odds of 66-1 on ex-Aston Villa and England defender Ugo [...]
That was a nice weekend wasn't it. It feels so much better starting the week after a win and positivity. Sure, okay not everyone is positive about the win, some see it as a blip and maybe it is. Maybe we lose the next three. But isn't it nicer to [...]
James is joined by Jon Mackenzie to talk Villa, Leeds, Bruce and the Championship at large Aston Villa are back, we're back and the Holtecast is back. There have been a number of developments over the Summer, meaning that Robert and Jack can no longer commit to a weekly podcast [...]
Rare Away Win Aston Villa away wins in recent years have become about as frequent as your birthday or Christmas, so the three-nil win at Barnsley was most welcome in terms of getting Villa's season going. Such wins should have been routine last season, yet Villa only earned one point [...]
Embed from Getty ImagesSaturday evening, Villa took a big step towards getting the season properly started with a well-earned victory over Barnsley.
In short, it's a welcome three points, three goals and victory away from Villa Park.
The win lifts us to 13th and just 5 points from the playoff spots, with [...]
‘Mass Hysteria' With some Villa supporters still frustrated by the previous season, it was as early as the third game of the season that they were calling for Steve Bruce's head. Suddenly according to some, the following Norwich City game was a ‘must-win' and if Villa didn't win it, then [...]
Villa returned to winning ways Saturday with a 3-0 win away to Barnsley. Albert Adomah had two, one from the spot, and Keinan Davis finally got his first senior goal, the one that had been so long coming. It was comfortable in the end and Villans finally got to enjoy [...]
Aston Villa are finally off the mark on their travels in this year's Championship, but what played a bigger part in Saturday's result: good fortune or good skill?
Welcome to Expected Villa (xV), a post-match column on the stats behind Villa's results.
One of the reasons I really love looking at [...]
Aston Villa won yesterday and it was fantastic. Sadly there is a group of people on Twitter that were still not happy. Judging by some of the comments on here last night also, there are those people here too. I find it really sad.
Earlier this week, there were people [...]
“That's more like it!” It had been a tumultuous week for many Aston Villa supporters. Two consecutive scoreless draws left a lot of people, including many of our staff, calling for Steve Bruce to get axed like William Wallace.
Yesterday the defiant manager and his squad [...]
Much better from Villa, as they comfortably beat a team they only took one point off last season. The game was pretty even in the first half, but the difference in the two defences decided a 2-0 half-time scoreline. Villa's was marshalled well by Terry and Chester, in perhaps their [...]
Ladeezs and Gentlemeeeen, it gives me great pleasure….
To announce an excellent win, where there was literally nothing to complain about.
My God, how nice it feels to say that.
We got the first goal, that I felt was always going to be important, but even if we hadn't, I just got the [...]
Oh, what a brutal week that was. And then there was Villa to top it off.
The September of Truth has so far yielded two points, and no goals. Villa sit 20th, with seven points from the campaign to date, and a negative-two goal differential.
No wonder Bruce is getting annoyed by [...]
Someone commented that I have become increasingly patronising and condescending. Hand on heart, I turned that up years ago and I don't think I've increased much over the past few months. And I don't think it patronising, instead of weaving opinion into the blog, I'm just coming out and saying [...]
I could rattle on about the Boro game, but it's pretty much all been said, with some thinking we were utter rubbish and some thinking we were massively unlucky in not scoring.
Me, I sit somewhere in-between in thinking we quite simply aren't scoring enough, yet you couldn't have made up [...]
Amongst the influx of random Artificial Intelligence on the show, David and Dan discuss Villa's glorious first home win of the season against Barnsley, crashing out of the League Cup to Middlesbrough and whether Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has finally found his first eleven.Also, there's talk of Robert Snodgrass, [...]
Dan Bardell welcomes friend of the show Chris Dolan into the booth this week to discuss all things Villa.
On the agenda this week, we discuss the Barnsley victory and Carabao Cup defeat, the compatibility of the 442 formation and our squad, plus we answer some of your Twitter questions.
Got a [...]
Aston Villa are back, we're back and the Holtecast is back. There have been a number of developments over the Summer, meaning that Robert and Jack can no longer commit to a weekly podcast between the two.
However, 7500toHolte ran two podcasts and they now morph. James will be moving to [...]