Report | September 30
6 - 1
Brighton & Hove Albion
|Ollie Watkins 14, 21, 65||Ansu Fati 50|
|Pervis Estupiñán 26 [OG]|
|Jacob Ramsey 85|
|Douglas Luiz 90|
|9||Shots on Target||3|
This match was quite the high-scoring affair. Ollie Watkins netted the first goal of the match for Villa in the 14th minute after being found by Matty Cash. Following the opening goal, Villa proceeded to add on 5 more goals, compared to Brighton's 1 as Villa took the three points.
Lucas Digne posed a threat out wide, leading the team in crosses. Positives for the Seagulls? Their superior passing game was clear for all to see; they completed 511 passes compared to the Villans' 327.
The wins keep on coming for Villa. Meanwhile, Brighton's winning run comes to an end.
|Ollie Watkins||Douglas Luiz|
|Scored 3 goals||Scored 1 goal|
|Assisted 1 goal||2 crosses (1st on their team)|
Both squads play next on Sunday, October 8th. Villa meet Wolves for a grudge match at Molineux Stadium, while Brighton meet Liverpool at The American Express Community Stadium. Can the Villans keep their great form going? Will the Seagulls put this disappointment behind them?
Preview | September 30
Confidence is high in the Villa dressing room. They come into the match on the back of 4 wins out of their last 5. With an average of 12.0 passes into the box per game, there's clearly a strong understanding between Villa's forwards. They also rank 7th for number of assists so far this season. Emiliano Martínez will be hoping to make it back-to-back clean sheets here, the keeper made 4 excellent saves in his last game.
Brighton have taken maximum points from their last 3 matches and they'll be hoping to keep the run going in this fixture. A look at the stats and the form suggest goals are guaranteed in this fixture. Brighton have netted 14 goals in their last 5, while their opponent's average xG (expected goals) is 1.8, one of the highest numbers in the league. Brighton's attacking threat may arrive through Evan Ferguson. He's taken 15 shots this season, a number that puts him 17th in the Premier League. From a defensive point of view, Joël Veltman has been the leader, accumulating 10 tackles and 4 interceptions over the year.
Villa-Brighton Prediction: 3-4
What a game we have in store. There should be goals galore, but Brighton have what it takes to grab an away win.
Did you know? The most common scoreline between the two teams in Premier League history is 2-1, which has occurred three times.
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Report | September 24
0 - 1
|Ollie Watkins 73|
|4||Shots on Target||7|
Following a goalless first half, Ollie Watkins netted the first goal of the match for Villa in the 73rd minute. This lone goal proved decisive, as Villa kept Chelsea out for the rest of the game to take the three points.
Lucas Digne and Nicolò Zaniolo were relentless, each getting 5 crosses into the opposition box. The Blues were thwarted by the offside flag as Moisés Caicedo was caught 3 times. Neither team had a clear advantage in the passing game. Chelsea completed 444 passes while Villa completed 381 passes.
Villa make it back-to-back wins. Meanwhile, Chelsea's mixed form continues.
|Emiliano Martínez||Robert Sánchez|
|Earned a clean sheet||1 goal conceded|
|Saved 4 shots||Saved 6 shots|
Next up, Chelsea take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday, October 2nd. While Villa take on Brighton at Villa Park on Saturday, September 30th. Will the Blues improve their form? Can the Villans make it three wins in a row?
Report | September 3
3 - 0
|Dominik Szoboszlai 3|
|Matty Cash 22 [OG]|
|Mohamed Salah 55|
|4||Shots on Target||3|
Dominik Szoboszlai started the scoring with an early goal for Liverpool following an assist by Trent Alexander-Arnold. Matty Cash added another to put Liverpool 2-0 up after 22nd minutes. Mohamed Salah put the match away with a third in the 55th minute, and Villa were shutout as Liverpool secured a comfortable win.
Dominik Szoboszlai put on a passing masterclass, completing 49 of his 53 attempted passes. The Reds' fluid football shone through in the end, registering 310 more completed passes than the Villans as they took all three points.
Liverpool's fine form continues. Meanwhile, Villa end their winning streak by tasting defeat.
|Mohamed Salah||Dominik Szoboszlai|
|3 corners won||Scored 1 goal|
|3 shots on target (7th in the Premier League)||4 crosses (2nd on their team)|
Both squads play next on Saturday, September 16th. Liverpool meet Wolves at Molineux Stadium, while Villa take on Palace at Villa Park. Can the Reds keep their great form going? Will the Villans put this disappointment behind them?
Report | August 27
1 - 3
|Lyle Foster 47||Matty Cash 8, 20|
|Moussa Diaby 61|
|2||Shots on Target||6|
Matty Cash scored the match's first goal for Villa in the eighth minute following some good work by Ollie Watkins. Matty Cash then doubled the lead with a goal in the 20th minute. Down 2-0, Burnley's Lyle Foster narrowed the deficit with a strike in the 47th minute. However, the comeback attempt was futile as Moussa Diaby put the game out of reach with a 61st minute goal to secure the win for Villa.
Douglas Luiz posed a threat out wide, recording 4 crosses. On a positive note for the Clarets, they had a clear advantage in the passing game, racking up 584 completed passes to the Villans' 455.
Villa make it two wins in two. Meanwhile, it's another game, another loss for Burnley.
|Matty Cash||Moussa Diaby|
|Scored 2 goals||Assisted 1 goal|
|3 blocked shots (2nd in the Premier League)||Scored 1 goal|
Next up, Burnley take on Tottenham at Turf Moor on Saturday, September 2nd. While Villa meet Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, September 3rd. Will the Clarets get out of this rough patch? Can the Villans make it three wins in a row?
Report | August 20
4 - 0
|John McGinn 18|
|Douglas Luiz 24 [PK]|
|Leon Bailey 51|
|Jhon Durán 75|
John McGinn scored the match's first goal for Villa in the 18th minute after a set up by Leon Bailey. Douglas Luiz then doubled the lead with a goal in the 24th minute. Villa added to their tally with two more goals to ensure a comfortable win.
Lucas Digne posed a threat out wide all game, registering 10 crosses. Everton's Alex Iwobi only registered 14 touches in a frustrating game for the midfielder. Neither team showed a superior passing game. The Villans had 560 completed passes while the Toffees completed 361 passes.
Villa take the lion's share of the points. Meanwhile, it's another game, another loss for Everton.
|Leon Bailey||Emiliano Martínez|
|Scored 1 goal||Earned a clean sheet|
|Assisted 1 goal||Saved 2 shots|
Next up, Villa take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, August 27th. While Everton face fellow winless Wolves for a clash at the bottom of the table on Saturday, August 26th. Can the Villans win again? Will the Toffees get out of this rough patch?
Report | August 12
5 - 1
|Sandro Tonali 6||Moussa Diaby 11|
|Alexander Isak 16, 58|
|Callum Wilson 77|
|Harvey Barnes 90|
This match was quite the high-scoring affair. Sandro Tonali began the scoring for Newcastle in the sixth minute after a set up by Anthony Gordon. Following the opening goal, Newcastle proceeded to add on 4 more goals, compared to Villa's 1 as Newcastle took the three points.
Sandro Tonali linked the play brilliantly all game, with an 89% pass completion. Villa's Leon Bailey was a frequent offender, committing 5 fouls. Both teams showed flashes in the passing game. Newcastle had 509 completed passes while Villa completed 449 passes.
Newcastle kick off with a win. Meanwhile, Villa will look to bounce back next match.
|Alexander Isak||Harvey Barnes|
|Scored 2 goals||Assisted 1 goal|
|Earned a clean sheet||Earned a clean sheet|
Next up, Newcastle take on Man City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, August 19th. While Villa meet Everton at Villa Park on Sunday, August 20th. Can the Magpies find another win? Will the Villans improve and pick up points?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
(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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