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Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp
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Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he benched Sadio Mane in his side’s Premier League 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.   Klopp said Liverpool’s next week’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid did not influence his decision to drop Mane to the bench against Aston Villa at Anfield. According to him, he made the decision based on performance. Two second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool all three points against Aston Villa. Asked if the game against Real Madrid played a part in his team selection, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “No, not it’s pure coincidence that you brought up at that moment. “Well, not you personally, but the media brought up Sadio didn’t score f...
Watkins aiming to stake claim for permanent England role after maiden call-up
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Watkins aiming to stake claim for permanent England role after maiden call-up

The Villa star acknowledges that it will be tough to unseat first-choice forward Harry Kane but he is delighted to be part of the national team New England call-up Ollie Watkins wants to stake a regular claim to a place in the Three Lions squad as he enjoys his first taste of international football. The Aston Villa striker, 25, was selected by Gareth Southgate for England's opening World Cup qualifiers in March. It is a reward for the fine season Watkins has had in the Premier League as he continues to impress in attack for the Birmingham side.
TWO NEW FACES IN THE THREE LIONS SQUAD AS OLLIE WATKINS AND SAM JOHNSTONE CALLED UP
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TWO NEW FACES IN THE THREE LIONS SQUAD AS OLLIE WATKINS AND SAM JOHNSTONE CALLED UP

  England boss Gareth Southgate has given debut call-ups to both Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins and West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone ahead of March’s internationals with San Marino, Albania and Poland. For Watkins, it’s a first international call-up at any level after catching the eye during his maiden campaign in the Premier League while Johnstone returns to the international set-up having previously been capped from U16-U20 level. There’s also a return to the Three Lions fold for John Stones, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard. For Stones, it’s a first call-up since October 2019 while it’s been even longer for Shaw, who was last involved in a Nations League game with Spain back in September 2018. Lingard’s displays while on loan at West Ham since January have earned h...
Grealish sees date set for Aston Villa return as Smith rules midfielder out of fifth successive fixture
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Grealish sees date set for Aston Villa return as Smith rules midfielder out of fifth successive fixture

The Villans have been without their skipper since the middle of February and will not figure in a Premier League trip to Newcastle on Friday Jack Grealish is set to sit out a fifth successive game for Aston Villa with a niggling leg injury, but Dean Smith expects to have his captain back for a home date with Tottenham on March 21. The Villans have been without their talismanic skipper since seeing him laid low in training on February 18. Smith’s side have collected just four points from a possible 12 as Grealish – who has also been nursing a bout of sickness – finds himself stuck on the sidelines.
Arsenal Didn’t Deserve me – Emi Martinez blasts former club
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Arsenal Didn’t Deserve me – Emi Martinez blasts former club

  Aston Villa goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, has said he left Arsenal due to lack of trust. The Argentine came through the ranks at the Gunners after joining from Independiente in 2010 as a 17-year-old. He was out on loan several times, before he signed permanently for Villa in 2020. “I love everything about Arsenal,” Martinez told Sky Sports. “I still love them and I’m still watching the games, but I just felt like they didn’t trust me like they should have. “That’s the reality because they kept buying goalkeepers to go in front of me and I was the goalkeeper from the academy. “When I was on a high, I still felt like they didn’t deserve me because of the way they were treating me. They couldn’t guarantee me the games I needed, so I thought that if they couldn’t ...
‘Grealish needs to get out now!’ – Scholes urges Aston Villa star to move to Man Utd, City or Liverpool
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‘Grealish needs to get out now!’ – Scholes urges Aston Villa star to move to Man Utd, City or Liverpool

A former Old Trafford favourite says the England international must leave Villa Park to prove he is a top player Paul Scholes has urged Jack Grealish to consider joining Manchester United, Manchester City or Liverpool, insisting the Aston Villa star "needs to get out now". Grealish has solidified his standing as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League this season, inspiring Villa's push for a European spot in the process. The 25-year-old is now being tipped to move on in the summer, which Scholes thinks is a necessity if he harbours ambitions to win trophies and reach an elite level.
Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey
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Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has confirmed that centre-back, Rob Holding, will miss the Gunners’ Europa League last-32 second leg tie against Benfica on Thursday. Arteta also provided the latest injury update on Midfielder, Thomas Partey ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Benfica at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Arteta said Partey is ‘very close’ to a return from the treatment room. According to him, the Ghanaian international is in contention for the upcoming fixtures against Benfica and Leicester City on Sunday. Recall that Partey picked up an injury during Arsenal’s Premier League 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park earlier this month. “Thomas [Partey] is very close, he’s got a final test today in training, and if he is feeling good, he will be available,” Art...
Top-four Teams Don’t Make Such Mistakes – Arteta Slams Arsenal Stars after Aston Villa Loss
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Top-four Teams Don’t Make Such Mistakes – Arteta Slams Arsenal Stars after Aston Villa Loss

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has taken a dig at his players over their naive mistakes during their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. The Spaniard warned his squad that they cannot keep making mistakes if they want to be a top-four team. The Gunners went behind after only 74 seconds at Villa Park, as Bertrand Traore pounced on a stray pass from Cedric Soares and passed for Ollie Watkins to score what proved to be the winner. Arsenal dominated possessions but could only muster three shots on target compared to eight for Villa. Arteta felt his side deserves to win the match but were undone again by mistakes at the back. “Those teams don’t make those mistakes. Those teams cannot play in the first 22 games of the season four or five times with 10 men. It doesn’t happen...
Jack Grealish Pays For Funeral Of Aston Villa Fan Who Died In Car Crash
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Jack Grealish Pays For Funeral Of Aston Villa Fan Who Died In Car Crash

  In a touching gesture, England international Jack Grealish has donated £2,000 towards the funeral of a young Aston Villa supporter who sadly lost her life in a car accident. Mia Craen, 18, was driving her Fiat 500 to her new home in Southwater, West Sussex on Saturday when she collided with a tree at around 12:30pm. The teenager tragically died at the scene. Mia, who was a huge Villa fan, mentioned that her favourite player was Jack Grealish; so friend Rosie Fletcher asked her friends and family to tag the 25-year-old midfielder in an Instagram post. "Given that she was a huge @avfcofficial and @jackgrealish fan, we would like to get recognition for Mia and the amazing person she was." Rosie wrote. The story was shared by many on the social media platform and it ev...
EPL: David Luiz Deserved Red Card in Arsenal’s 2-1 Loss to Wolves – Stephen Warnock
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EPL: David Luiz Deserved Red Card in Arsenal’s 2-1 Loss to Wolves – Stephen Warnock

Former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers defender, Stephen Warnock, has said that Arsenal defender, David Luiz, deserved his red card against Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday night at the Molineux Stadium Luiz clipped Willian Jose and was then given his marching orders by referee Craig Pawson late in the first half, with Ruben Neves then converting the penalty from the spot as Wolves defeated Arsenal 2-1. Warnock, a BBC Sport pundit, commentating for Football Focus, expressed a belief that the decision by Pawson to dismiss the former Chelsea and PSG centre-back was the right one. “It’s a clear penalty, David Luiz just gets the wrong side of Willian Jose, clips his heels. It’s a red card,” Warnock said. Warnock then hailed Neves for his penalty, adding: “The coolest man ...
Mane offers injury update & reflects on goal struggles as Liverpool prepare for Man Utd
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Mane offers injury update & reflects on goal struggles as Liverpool prepare for Man Utd

The Senegalese forward has been nursing a slight knock but he is ready to shine for the Reds again ahead of a crunch top-of-the-table clash Liverpool forward Sadio Mane claims to have overcome the back issue he suffered against Aston Villa and remains unfazed by uncharacteristic struggles in front of goal over recent weeks. The Senegalese has been a prolific presence for the Reds throughout his time at Anfield, helping them to Champions League and Premier League crowns. He remains an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans in the present and is currently readying himself for a crunch clash with Manchester United.
Newcastle game vs Aston Villa postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak
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Newcastle game vs Aston Villa postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

Newcastle's trip to Aston Villa on Friday has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club. Newcastle had been in dialogue with the Premier League over the postponement of the match after their squad was told to stay away from their training ground following an outbreak of coronavirus. A new date and time for the game, which was due to be shown live on Sky Sports, will be confirmed in due course. A club statement read: "Several Newcastle United players and staff members are now self-isolating at home after returning positive test results in recent days and the club's training centre site has been temporarily closed in order to contain the spread of the virus. "With the Magpies' first team currently unable to prepare for the match as a group, Newcastle United lodged...
Jack Grealish Accused Of ‘Embarrassing’ Dive In Aston Villa’s Controversial Loss To West Ham
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Jack Grealish Accused Of ‘Embarrassing’ Dive In Aston Villa’s Controversial Loss To West Ham

    Jack Grealish was accused of an 'embarrassing' dive during Aston Villa's 2-1 loss against West Ham on Monday night. Once again most people were left talking about VAR after West Ham's win, with Ollie Watkins late equaliser ruled out by the video officials by the barest of all margins. However, Grealish, who scored Villa's equaliser before Jarrod Bowen's winner, was also at the centre of some controversy, which spilled out into the manager's technical areas. In the second half the England international won a free-kick after a clash with Pablo Fornals, but the 25-year-old's delayed reaction caused outrage from fans on Twitter. There was tension between the two benches during the game as well, with both assistant managers getting booked for an argument, that it...
Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 5 transfer advice, captain picks and more
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Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 5 transfer advice, captain picks and more

Rushhoursport  handy Fantasy Premier League guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2020-21 campaign Gameweek 4 of the 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League campaign delivered two jaw-dropping results as Tottenham hit Manchester United for six before Liverpool conceded seven against Aston Villa. It was a day to remember for Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) as he netted a hat-trick against the Premier League champions, while Jack Grealish (£7.1m) also starred for Villa and recorded a hugely impressive 24 points.
Everton’s Richarlison Brutally Trolls Liverpool After 7-2 Humiliation Against Aston Villa
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Everton’s Richarlison Brutally Trolls Liverpool After 7-2 Humiliation Against Aston Villa

  Everton number seven Richarlison posted an image of himself to Twitter on Sunday night - with many fans thinking it was mocking Liverpool for their devastating 7-2 loss to Aston Villa. The Premier League champions were stunned at Villa Park as an Ollie Watkins hat-trick helped put the home side 4-1 ahead at half-time. Many expected Liverpool to grow into the game but Dean Smith's side ramped up the pressure even higher to secure a historic victory. Immediately after the game, Brazilian forward Richarlison shared a picture of himself from the back, meaning his shirt number was completely visible. Fans are convinced the 23-year-old did it on purpose in a huge dig at his side's bitter rivals. The Toffees are currently top of the league after winning all four of their ...
Klopp Shocked By Liverpool Collapse To Concede Seven At Aston Villa
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Klopp Shocked By Liverpool Collapse To Concede Seven At Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp admitted his surprise at Liverpool’s stunning collapse to lose 7-2 at Aston Villa on Sunday. Ollie Watkins scored a first-half hat-trick as the Reds became the first reigning English champions to concede seven goals in a league match since 1953. “It was unexpected but it happened tonight,” said Klopp. “We put all our rubbish things and mistakes in one game and hopefully we can start again.” Liverpool’s high line was torn apart by Villa’s counter-attack, while the absence of goalkeeper Alisson Becker to injury and Sadio Mane due to a positive coronavirus test was notable. The Reds were not beaten until their 28th league game in romping to the title last season and had won their opening three games of the new campaign. Alisson’s absence made a telling impact a...
Liverpool Set Premier League Record After Aston Villa 7-2 Hammer
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Liverpool Set Premier League Record After Aston Villa 7-2 Hammer

A hat-trick from new signing Ollie Watkins and a Jack Grealish double saw Aston Villa hammer reigning Premier League champions Liverpool 7-2 on Sunday. Liverpool are now the first defending champion to concede seven goals in a Premier League game. It is now three wins out of three games played so far for Villa while for Liverpool it is a first defeat in the league this season. This is the second time Villa will score seven goals in a Premier League game since a 7-1 versus Wimbledon in 1995. Also this is the first time Liverpool have conceded seven since a 7-2 league defeat at Tottenham in April 1963. Watkins is the 10th player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Liverpool, and the first since Dimitar Berbatov in September 2010. He is the first English-born player to do so...
Aston Villa Complete Signing Of Exciting Striker Ruben Shakpoke
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Aston Villa Complete Signing Of Exciting Striker Ruben Shakpoke

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of highly-rated striker Ruben Shakpoke to the club’s academy. The teenager joins from Norwich City having rejected the chance of a scholarship with the Championship side. Shakpoke, an England youth international, is expected to initially link up with Villa’s under-18s squad. The Villain’s are still restructuring their squad before transfer window closed. Villain’s Academy manager Mark Harrison disclosed on the club website, stating that: “We’re delighted to announce Ruben’s signing and by welcoming him to the club”. “He has joined us after a lot of hard work was put in during our recruitment process and I thank everyone for their efforts. “We’re looking forward to working with Ruben and developing his talents”. But the arrival...
Jack Grealish Signs New 5-Year Deal With Aston Villa
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Jack Grealish Signs New 5-Year Deal With Aston Villa

Englishman Jack Grealish has signed a new 5-year deal with Aston Villa which keeps him at the club till 2025. The Aston Villa skipper has been with his hometown club since he was eight-years-old and made his claret and blue debut at the end of the 2013/14 season. He remained with Villa despite relegation in 2016 and was pivotal in our return to the top-flight last year. https://twitter.com/AVFCOfficial/status/1305816395251421185?s=20 In their first season back in the Premier League, Jack was instrumental in the team’s survival and was capped by England for the first time earlier this month. CEO Christian Purslow said: “Jack is an emblem of our Owner’s vision for Aston Villa. He joined our Club as a local boy aged six and has developed into one of the country’s finest...
Aston Villa complete signing of £20m Arsenal goalkeeper
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Aston Villa complete signing of £20m Arsenal goalkeeper

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will turn his attention back to off the field issues after guiding the Gunners to a magnificent win over Fulham in their opening Premier League fixture. Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both made a huge impact on debut, and Arteta will be hoping he can bring in more quality additions before the end of the transfer window. The main talking point at the Emirates Stadium right now is around the goalkeeper situation. Emiliano Martinez is understood to be nearing a move away from the club, while David Raya from Brentford is being lined up as his replacement. Emiliano Martinez has completed a medical with Aston Villa ahead of a £20m move away from Arsenal. The Argentine goalkeeper was left out of the squad that beat Fulham on Saturday, with Bernd Leno returning t...
Ollie Watkins Joins Aston Villa From Brentford
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Ollie Watkins Joins Aston Villa From Brentford

Aston Villa have completed the signing of striker Ollie Watkins from Brentford for a club record fee of £28m, which could rise to £33m with add-ons. Watkins was the Championship’s joint-top scorer last season with 26 goals. The 24-year-old is Villa’s second signing of the transfer window following the £16m arrival of defender Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest. Ollie Watkins scored 26 times as Brentford missed out on promotion to the Premier League in the play-off final “Ollie has developed into one of the most sought-after strikers in the country,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. “We are looking forward to seeing him show his great qualities in an Aston Villa shirt. “He is a hugely determined character who has both the ability and personality to succeed at the highest level.”...
Gareth Barry retires from football at 39
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Gareth Barry retires from football at 39

Former Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has retired from professional football at 39. Barry - who made a record 653 Premier League apperances - played his final game in March this year, when he featured in West Brom's 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Newcastle United at the Hawthorns, one of six games he played for the Baggies last season. Those matches took his number of senior games to 833, in a career spanning 23 years but one which has now come to an end. He scored 67 goals in that time. Barry spent the first 12 years of his career with Aston Villa before a £12m move to Manchester City, with whom he won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League the following season. After being a regular in England youth teams, Barry made his senior debut against Uk...
Aston Villa among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Liverpool striker Brewster on loan
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Aston Villa among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Liverpool striker Brewster on loan

The 20-year-old is also on the radar of Newcastle, Brighton, Fulham and Crystal Palace, but will be given the chance to prove his worth to the Reds Aston Villa are among a host of clubs interested in signing Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster on loan. But the Reds will give the England Under-21 international the chance to prove his worth to Jurgen Klopp during pre-season before making a decision on his future. Brewster, 20, impressed after moving to Swansea on a temporary basis in January. The Londoner scored 11 times in 22 appearances for the South Wales outfit, helping them reach the play-off semi-finals, where they were narrowly edged out by Brentford over two legs.
Wilfried Zaha Responds with Powerful Statement after 12 year old boy is Arrested for Racially Abusing him
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Wilfried Zaha Responds with Powerful Statement after 12 year old boy is Arrested for Racially Abusing him

Crystal Palace footballer, Wilfried Zaha has responded after a 12-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly sending sickening racist messages to the player on social media. The 27-year-old footballer posted screenshots of the racist abuse he received on Sunday to his social media accounts ahead of Sunday's Premier League game at Aston Villa, alongside the caption: "Woke up to this today."   One of the messages sent to Zaha read:  "You better not score tomorrow you black c***." The other read: "Or I'll come to your house dressed as a ghost." Alongside the message, two images of the Ku Klux Klan, a racist hate group, and another displaying an edited version of a box of cornflakes, carrying the words ‘coonflakes’ and displaying a man with his face blacked up were also ...
Man Utd to be Without two Key Players Against Southampton
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Man Utd to be Without two Key Players Against Southampton

Manchester United will be without two key players when they host Southampton in tonight’s Premier League due to injuries. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made this known in a post via its official website at the weekend. Man United head to the game after beating Aston Villa 3-0 in their last fixture, while Southampton played a 1-1 draw with Everton. The Red Devils are currently in the fifth position on the Premier League table with 58 points from 34 matches. “Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are the only players who are presently unavailable for selection, due to injury, leaving Ole with a large group of sharp and hungry Reds to choose from,” Man United said. The match kick-off time is at 8 pm Nigerian time.
Michael Owen, Charlie Nicholas Predict EPL Clash Btw Aston Villa and Man Utd
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Michael Owen, Charlie Nicholas Predict EPL Clash Btw Aston Villa and Man Utd

Former England striker, Michael Owen and former Arsenal forward, Charlie Nicholas, have predicted tonight’s Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park. Man United head to the game after beating Bournemouth 5-2 in their previous match, while Aston Villa lost 2-0 against Premier League champions, Liverpool. Providing his prediction, Owen wrote in his column for BetVictor: “Aston Villa actually played well at Anfield against Liverpool on Sunday but came away with nothing for their efforts. “They are now without a win in 10 games, and things do not get any easier as far as their fixtures are concerned. “Manchester United have won eleven of the last 13 Premier League meetings between these two sides, and I cannot see beyond another stroll in...
Nicol Reveals Chelsea’s Biggest Problem Under Lampard
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Nicol Reveals Chelsea’s Biggest Problem Under Lampard

Former Liverpool star, Steve Nicol, has revealed Chelsea’s biggest problem under their manager, Frank Lampard, so far this season. According to Nicol, the Blues’ biggest problem under their Lampard was the vulnerability of their defence. On Sunday, Chelsea came from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Premier League to move five points clear ahead of fifth-place Manchester United. “Chelsea’s biggest problem is not going forward, it’s defensively,” Nicol told ESPN FC. “They are going to create chances and put teams under pressure all day long, every time they step onto the field, regardless of the opposition. “But I tell you what, and they give me a heart attack at the back. “They go a goal down, and there were three Aston Villa pla...
Solskjaer Told he has ‘big’ Decision to Make on Goalkeepers next Season
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Solskjaer Told he has ‘big’ Decision to Make on Goalkeepers next Season

Former England striker, Alan Shearer, has said Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has a big decision to make about goalkeepers next season. David de Gea was at fault for Tottenham’s goal as United drew 1-1 on Friday night. The result put a dent on their top-four hopes, especially with Chelsea defeating Aston Villa 2-1 yesterday. De Gea has made seven errors leading to goals this campaign, the joint most in the Premier League, while Dean Henderson has impressed on loan at Sheffield United. Shearer told the UK Sun that Solskjaer has to decide whether to stick with De Gea or give Henderson a shot at becoming No.1. “Dean Henderson has had a taste of the limelight at Sheffield United and is not going to want to sit on the Old Trafford ...
Giroud’s hot streak against Villa continues as Chelsea win on Premier League return
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Giroud’s hot streak against Villa continues as Chelsea win on Premier League return

The Frenchman netted an all-important winner against Dean Smith's side to ensure the Blues tighten their hold on fourth place Olivier Giroud's hot streak against Aston Villa continued as Chelsea secured a win on their return to Premier League action. The Blues picked up their first away victory of 2020 by beating Villa 2-1 in their own backyard on Saturday afternoon. Frank Lampard's side moved to within three points of third-placed Leicester City as a result, while opening up a five-point lead over Champions League qualification rivals Manchester United.
Chelsea take control of top-four race as Pulisic kickstarts crucial Villa comeback
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Chelsea take control of top-four race as Pulisic kickstarts crucial Villa comeback

Frank Lampard's side are now five points clear of fifth-place in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa Over the past week, all most Chelsea fans have been talking about are next season and how new £47.5 million ($59m) signing Timo Werner will fit in Stamford Bridge alongside fellow new-boy Hakim Ziyech. But on their return to action against Aston Villa after 105 days since their last competitive action, it was the club's most recent big-money signing who kickstarted a comeback that puts the Blues well in control of the race to finish in the Premier League's top-four. Christian Pulisic's close-range finish on the hour was followed two minutes later by Olivier Giroud finding the net as Frank Lampard's side recovered from falling behind against the run of play...
Lampard Speaks on Pulisic’s Performance after Chelsea’s 2-1 win Over Aston Villa
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Lampard Speaks on Pulisic’s Performance after Chelsea’s 2-1 win Over Aston Villa

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has singled out winger, Christian Pulisic for praise following the Blues’ away Premier League 2-1 victory against Aston Villa on Sunday. Lampard said Pulisic was hungry during the encounter against the host, adding that the 21-year-old American international’s ability to always arrive in the box was a big thing. Lampard’s men defeated Aston Villa at the Villa Park Stadium, thanks to two goals from Pulisic and Olivier Giroud in the second half. Speaking on Pulisic’s performance against Aston Villa, Lampard was quoted by Goal as telling reporters after the game: “He was hungry. “I know that, and I felt for him. He has trained well. “The ability to arrive in the box is a big thing. “It’s a difference between be...
Lampard Reveals why he Benched Tammy Abraham for 2-1 Win at Aston Villa
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Lampard Reveals why he Benched Tammy Abraham for 2-1 Win at Aston Villa

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has said he left Tammy Abraham on the bench for their 2-1 win at Aston Villa because he is trying to manage his squad efficiently. Abraham and Christian Pulisic were substituted for the Blues’ first game back after the COVID-19 break. Lampard opted to start with Willian and Olivier Giroud in attack, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also made a return from his long-term injury. “It’s very important to let the players know that this is more than ever a squad game over this period. “Certainly nobody should get their head down at not starting. We’re going to have to make subs and we’re going to need impact off the bench,” Lampard told Sky Sports. Pulisic and Giroud scored for Chelsea, as they fought back from a goal down to...
‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error
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‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error

The Blades were denied a win because goal-line technology was obstructed, much to their manager's frustration Chris Wilder was left frustrated after Sheffield United were denied a goal against Aston Villa on Wednesday, with Hawk-Eye apologising "unreservedly" for its technology's failure to notify the referee that the ball had crossed the line. Wilder’s side thought they had taken the lead in the first-half when goalkeeper Orjan Nyland fell into the net with the ball in his hands, carrying the ball over the line. Although social media went into a frenzy over what appeared to be a clear goal, referee Michael Oliver did not award one and the match went on to finish 0-0.
Prince William ask Aubameyang to Leave Arsenal for Rivals
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Prince William ask Aubameyang to Leave Arsenal for Rivals

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has urged Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Emirates for another Premier League club, Aston Villa this summer’s transfer window. Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain. The Gabon captain is yet to agree on fresh terms with the Gunners and has been linked with an exit. His current contract with Arsenal runs out next summer. “I just want to say, Pierre, I hope you are at Aston Villa next year,” Willian was quoted by Metro UK as telling Aubameyang during a video chat. William added: “I have got to put that in there, just in case. “Mikel [Arteta] and I will have some words later.”
Referee for Man City vs Arsenal confirmed
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Referee for Man City vs Arsenal confirmed

The Premier League has confirmed that Anthony Taylor will be the man in charge of the Manchester City vs Arsenal game next Wednesday. The match is one of the two fixtures that will be played that day, to kick off the restart of top flight football in England. Aston Villa vs Sheffield United gets us underway at 6 pm and Michael Oliver will take charge of the fixture. Two hours later, City will host Arsenal, with Manchester-born Taylor the referee. The Gunners could move up as high as sixth with a win at the Etihad. It would leave them just five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, in the battle to clinch slots for European football next season.
EPL Fixtures Full: Dates and Kick-off times for Remaining 92 Games of 2019/20 Season
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EPL Fixtures Full: Dates and Kick-off times for Remaining 92 Games of 2019/20 Season

Here is the full list of the fixtures of the remaining 92 games of the 2019/20 English Premier League season. The list contains the dates and kick-off times of the remaining games. The English top-flight was forced to be suspended for several weeks, due to the coronavirus pandemic but is now scheduled to resume on June 17, 2020. Aston Villa vs Sheffield United at 6pm – and Manchester City vs Arsenal at 8pm – will restart the season on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. There are 92 fixtures left to be played this term with Liverpool closing in on the title. See full schedule below.   Weds 17th June Aston Villa vs Sheffield United (6pm) Sky Sports Man City vs Arsenal (8pm) Sky Sports Fri 19th June Norwich vs Southampton (6pm) Sky Sports Tottenham vs Manchest...
Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville
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Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville

The former Manchester United defender says it "wouldn't feel right" if Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth were sent down to the Championship Gary Neville says it wouldn’t be fair for Premier League relegation to be decided on a points-per-game basis if the season can’t be completed. While the league’s ‘Project Restart’ plans continue, there remains uncertainty as to whether the sport can return in England, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan saying the city isn’t ready to host Premier League football yet. When France’s Ligue 1 season was curtailed, the final league table was worked out using points per game, with Amiens and Toulouse relegated.
Coronavirus: Aston Villa players to take 25 per cent wage cut for four months
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Coronavirus: Aston Villa players to take 25 per cent wage cut for four months

Club CEO Christian Purslow has said the measures are designed to help protect all of the club's employees Aston Villa announced on Saturday that first-team players, coaches and senior management will take a 25 per cent wage cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. With play suspended since March, Premier League clubs have been required to consider drastic money-saving options as they lose out on revenue from hosting matches. On Saturday,  Chelsea announced their players will not be taking pay cuts  for the time being, while Arsenal players and coaches agreed to a 12.5% pay cut earlier in the week .
Liverpool & Arsenal target Traore could move this summer despite coronavirus, says his agent
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Liverpool & Arsenal target Traore could move this summer despite coronavirus, says his agent

The pacey winger's representative is hopeful that the Covid-19 crisis will not adversely affect the transfer market Rumoured Liverpool and Arsenal target Adama Traore could complete a move away from Wolves this summer despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, according to his agent Rodri Baster. Traore began his professional career at Barcelona after rising through the club's famed La Masia academy ranks, but ultimately failed to establish himself as a regular in the first-team set-up. The Spanish attacker was eventually sold to Aston Villa in August 2015, but endured a difficult first season in England which was marred by disciplinary and fitness issues. Villa decided to offload Traore after being relegated from the Premier League, and he signed a four-year contract with Middlesbr...
Against Brazil we were in business’ – Heskey on England’s golden generation, Liverpool and being underappreciated
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Against Brazil we were in business’ – Heskey on England’s golden generation, Liverpool and being underappreciated

The striker's career spanned more than 800 matches over 22 years and he is remembered fondly at Liverpool where he won a treble in 2001 Emile Heskey has a confession to make. “I always preferred athletics to football,” says the former England striker. “When I was younger, that was what I cared about. Football was secondary.” He was good as well. He represented his district as a sprinter, and shone as a long jumper too. At junior school, his teachers felt he had what it took to pursue a career in track and field. Football, though, won the argument. Heskey was nine years old when he was spotted playing for his school, and invited for a trial at Leicester’s Centre of Excellence. The die had been cast “Football gradually took over,” he tells Goal. “Athletics is more seasonal, isn...
‘School captain’ Grealish is a ‘special player’ and would improve Man Utd, says Merson
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‘School captain’ Grealish is a ‘special player’ and would improve Man Utd, says Merson

The former Aston Villa play maker believes the highly-rated 24-year-old doesn’t trust those around him at present, but would star in a better team Jack Grealish is a “special player”, says Paul Merson, and thinks it is easy to see why the likes of Manchester United are so keen on landing a creative influence who is trying to be “the school captain” at Aston Villa. The 24-year-old’s performances back in the Premier League this season have seen his stock rise considerably. Having shown himself to be capable of mixing it with English football’s elite, senior international recognition and a big-money move are now said to be on the table. Those at Old Trafford are considered to be leading the transfer chase, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still in the market for added creativity....
Everton chief Brands keen on Grealish, but wants Everton Soares first
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Everton chief Brands keen on Grealish, but wants Everton Soares first

Everton chief Marcel Brands is keen on Jack Grealish - though the Aston Villa captain isn't a priority. Sky Sports says Brands feels he needs to invest in a number of other positions before a move for the Aston Villa midfielder could be considered. Brands needs a right winger or right sided attacking midfielder and feels Grealish is not the player to fill that role. That role could be filled by Gremio attacker Everton Soares. Ancelotti remains a big fan of Soares, who he first tracked when manager of Napoli. Other clubs, including Napoli remain interested. Ancelotti was impressed with the 23-year old's performance in last summer's Copa America and hopes to form a potent partnership with Soares' Brazilian international partner and good friend, Richarlison
Danny Drinkwater Shaved Off His Hair During Coronavirus Lockdown
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Danny Drinkwater Shaved Off His Hair During Coronavirus Lockdown

Chelsea flop Danny Drinkwater shaved off his hair , the midfielder showed of his new hair style to his Instagram followers. The midfielder started a just giving page ,where proceeds made from him shaving his hair will go towards the Salvation Army , to helo during the COVID -19 crisis . He said : “ I have not shaved my hair since I was 25/26, it’s been so long since I had a bald head , but am happy am doing it for bit of fun and for a good cause , every little helps goes a long way during this crisis .The 31 year old is currently on loan at Aston Villa , but he still hasn’t found his feet there too.
Rangers set price for Aston Villa target Morelos
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Rangers set price for Aston Villa target Morelos

Rangers have set their asking price for in-demand striker Alfredo Morelos. The Express & Star says the forward is believed to be have been a target for Aston Villa in January before they landed Mbwana Samatta from Genk. Back then, the player's agent Theofilos Karasavvidis said a fee in the region of £20million would represent a bargain for the 23-year-old who has scored 29 times this season. Now, though, Rangers are reported to want £35million for the player. Morelos has been sent off seven times over the course of the last two seasons and has picked up 29 yellow cards during that spell.
Aston Villa wing-back Elmohamady: 2 Chelsea greats the best I’ve faced
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Aston Villa wing-back Elmohamady: 2 Chelsea greats the best I’ve faced

Aston Villa wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady has admitted two Chelsea greats have been his toughest opponents. The Egypt international recently celebrated 10 years in England. He told Sky Sports: "The best is Eden Hazard. He was one of the toughest and he is so talented. He is one of the best in the world, really world-class, and going up against him was really tough because you didn't know what he was going to do, and even when he did it was difficult to stop. "And in terms of going up against a defender, Ashley Cole was the best. He was so difficult to get past and he'd be constantly on you, and he could attack too and get in behind."
Conor Hourihan: I chose Aston Villa ahead of Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham
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Conor Hourihan: I chose Aston Villa ahead of Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihan has spoken of the offers he had in the Championship. Hourihan caught the eye of former Villa boss Steve Bruce at Barnsley four years ago. He told Going Up, Going Down EFL podcast: "There were some clubs that said If I saw my contract out they'd sign me on a free in the summer. This was way back in the December time. "Listen, I have no problems saying them, it was Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham all the way until probably Christmas time. "I can't go to Sheffield Wednesday, no way. I couldn't ruin the relationship I'd got with [Barnsley]. "Would I have wanted to go down to London with Fulham at the time? I wasn't sure. "Then, around Christmas time, Bruce and Villa came in and I just thought, 'I can't turn down Villa!' "You never know ...
Premier League season has to be finished – Fuchs
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Premier League season has to be finished – Fuchs

The Premier League winner's contract expires at the end of the season, whenever that might prove to be and he wants to finish the campaign Christian Fuchs is hoping the footballing authorities find a way to complete the current season amid the coronavirus outbreak which sees football suspended in almost every country across the world. The Premier League has set an earliest possible return date of April 30 with Her Majesty's Government leading the fightback against the highly contagious Covid-19 virus. Before the break in play, Fuchs' Leicester had earned an important win over Aston Villa in their bid to finish in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.
Aston Villa Goalkeeper, Pepe Reina Opens up About his Terrifying Experience with Severe Coronavirus Symptoms
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Aston Villa Goalkeeper, Pepe Reina Opens up About his Terrifying Experience with Severe Coronavirus Symptoms

Aston Villa goalkeeper, Pepe Reina has opened up about his terrifying experience after he was struck with severe Coronavirus symptoms that left him struggling to breathe at one point. The Spaniard, who is on loan from AC Milan revealed earlier this month that he believes he contracted the disease after displaying some symptoms. Speaking about his terrifying experience of COVID-19, the 37-year-old former Liverpool star told Corriere dello Sport: 'I am winning the battle against coronavirus only now,' he told the Italian publication. 'The most difficult moment was when I could no longer breathe, the 25 minutes I ran out of oxygen. It was the worst moments of my life. 'I don't miss the company as it's me, my wife Yolanda, five children and two in-laws. The house is big and lon...
Aston Villa Goalkeeper Pepe Reina Self-isolating after Showing Coronavirus Symptoms
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Aston Villa Goalkeeper Pepe Reina Self-isolating after Showing Coronavirus Symptoms

Former Liverpool goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, who currently plays for Aston Villa in the Premier League, believes he has contracted coronavirus after displaying symptoms of the deadly disease. The 37-year-old Spaniard is currently self-isolating at home like other players but he disclosed that he 'went through the bug' last week. Although he has not been officially diagnosed with the illness. Speaking in a recent interview with radio station Cope, he said: 'Last week it was my turn to go through the bug,' he told radio station Cope. 'It has been a different week, of taking precautions not to infect the people who live with me. 'Here tests are not conducted unless you are [in a] very bad [state]. Speaking to the doctors, the symptoms I had were of it, without official confirmation o...
Former Aston Villa and Cardiff star Peter Whittingham fighting for his life in hospital
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Former Aston Villa and Cardiff star Peter Whittingham fighting for his life in hospital

Cardiff City legend Peter Whittingham is fighting for his life in the hospital. South Wales Police confirmed the former Bluebirds midfielder, 35, is alive after rumours of his death spread on social media. Police were unable to give further details, but it is understood that Whittingham is in critical condition in Cardiff's Heath Hospital. Whittingham’s wife Amanda is currently pregnant. A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “At around 10pm on March 7, South Wales Police were called to licensed premises in Barry. “A 35-year-old man from Penarth suffered a head injury as a result of a fall and remains at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. “At this stage, there is no evidence or suggestion of a criminal act, and it appears the injury was caused by an acciden...

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