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Christian Benteke | Forward

Team: Aston Villa
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 183

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Christian Benteke scored a goal and was generally strong as Aston Villa picked up a point against visiting Manchester United.
The story of the match was Aston Villa's quality defending in the face of wave after wave of world class attackers and then down a man. Christian Benteke provided the attacking impetus with a beautiful curling goal and a few other strong attempts. Aston Villa were shorthanded due to injury and suspension and will be very happy to have picked up a point against a team that have been churning out wins despite these sorts of mediocre performances. Dec 20 - 12:07 PM

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Belgian striker Christian Benteke has transformed how Aston Villa have looked since he returned from suspension.

The striker was injured to start the season and then got himself suspended a few games into his return. Now that he's back from a three-match ban, he looks like he's in top shape and has made Villa look like a completely different side. He will look to cause West Brom huge problems in the Midlands derby this weekend and he can be a great replacement for the injured Sergio Aguero in fantasy games.
Dec 11 - 12:04 AM

Aston Villa ended their nine-match winless league run as they won at Crystal Palace to leave the Eagles two points above the relegation zone.

This was a shock result given the recent form of both sides, but Villa probably deserved the points after a solid team display. Palace had a lot of the ball but failed to create many clear chances, and Christian Benteke made the home side pay the price by curling a low strike into the net from 18 yards. Andreas Weimann was denied a second by Julian Speroni's but it won't matter to Paul Lambert as his side move above the Eagles in to 12th and - more importantly - five points clear of the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 2 - 5:02 PM

Aston Villa took the initial lead but a straight red card given to Christian Benteke turned the tide as Tottenham would score twice late on to hand the Lions a bitter 1-2 loss.

It was a tale of two matches with a confrontation between Benteke and Spurs' Ryan Mason acting as the turning point. For the first hour, it was all Villa, with a nicely executed counterattack resulting in the opening goal a quarter hour in. Charles N'Zogbia sent a low cross into the path of Andreas Weimann and the Austrian slid his body to meet it and beat Hugo Lloris. Benteke, who had been quiet since returning from injury, looked as strong and sharp as ever, but a moment of mental weakness ended his day when raised his hand to the face of Mason. Villa had not scored a league goal since September 13th and there was reason to think they were close to turning things around but the loss and subsequent loss of Benteke for the next three matches has them in serious trouble.

Christian Benteke is set to make his highly anticipated return when Aston Villa face Manchester City this weekend.

This is huge news. Benteke has been out since early April with a ruptured achilles and has been expected to return for a while now. Paul Lambert confirmed that if everything goes as expected, he will probably put Benteke in the squad for the match against Manchester City. That doesn't mean Benteke will start, in fact, he is likely going to be on the bench to kick off the match. It's also worth noting Benteke played and scored in a Villa U21 match earlier this week. We would keep an eye on Benteke in the following weeks and pursue him aggressively if he shows signs of his old self.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 2 - 8:07 PM

Christian BENteke took a big step towards a return to first team action after the striker played for over an hour on Monday for the Aston Villa development side marking his first appearance since March with a goal from the penalty spot.

Benteke stepped up his rehabilitation after almost six months out with a solid performance for the Under-21 side against Bolton Wanderers this afternoon providing Paul Lambert with a tricky decision ahead of the weekend’s visit of Manchester City. The striker joined the first-team squad in training over two weeks ago and has performed well suffering no adverse reaction to his recent injury with the Villa coach hinting at a potential return. The Claret and Blues have started well and currently sit sixth following a tricky set of opening fixtures but their position relies heavily on a tight defence having only scored four times this campaign [drawing blanks in four of their seven games] and the temptation to include his top scorer from the last two seasons must be growing as each game week ticks by.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 5:19 PM

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has returned to training after a long absence due to an ACL tear last season.

This is a huge boost for Villa and they can certainly use a striker at the moment. Paul Lambert confirmed that Benteke has practiced and if there are no complications, he will continue practicing. The Belgian striker will not be an immediate option as he returns from injury but should be picked up in most year-long fantasy leagues. He is unusable in daily leagues until he plays at least 60 minutes in a match.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 17 - 9:31 PM

As expected, Christian Benteke will miss the start of the season as he is still recovering from a torn ACL.

Benteke tore his ACL in April but has been extremely positive in his rehab and believes he can return in less than six months. Villa manager Paul Lambert confirmed that Benteke is ahead of schedule but also ruled him out for the start of the season. Initial reports had Benteke returning around November, so ahead of schedule should make it possible for him to return in late October in the best case scenario.
Source: Mirror
Aug 5 - 1:48 PM

Christian Benteke is confident that he can return earlier than expected after suffering a torn ACL in the beginning of April.

Benteke is still expected to miss the beginning of the season but he believes he can return early and stated that he expects to come back in less than six months. ACL surgery and treatment has gone a far way in the past few years and we've seen players continuously cut back on recovery time. Benteke is an extremely athletic striker who could theoretically come back in less than six months. If we had to take a guess, we'd assume he returns around October or November.
Source: Sky Sports
May 16 - 4:39 PM

In a huge blow to Aston Villa and Belgium, Christian Benteke will have surgery after injuring his achilles in training today. He will miss the rest of the Premier League season and this summer's World Cup.

This is a massive loss for Aston Villa who are still fighting to stay in the Premier League for next season. Benteke was their main source of goals, and while he hasn't been as consistent as he was last season, he's still the fulcrum of their side. We wish Benteke a full, and speedy recovery. In the mean time, with Libor Kozak already out for the season, this will likely hand Grant Holt a chance to start as Villa's central striker. Though that isn't an encouraging development. For Belgium, Romelu Lukaku will have to be the main man this summer.
Apr 3 - 1:43 PM

Christian Benteke is rumored to be the top transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Last summer was full of Christian Benteke rumors and it seems they're starting once again. Aston Villa signed the striker to a long term deal but if the offer is right, they are likely to part ways. Benteke has been quiet this season but has recently started playing well once again, even though the goals aren't coming at the same rate as last year. He has scored three goals in his last four games and will look to add to that tally on Saturday when Villa face Fulham at home.
Apr 2 - 7:46 PM

Christian Benteke scored Aston Villa's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Stoke City.

Benteke has been playing well lately but it hasn't always translated well onto the fantasy sheet. He is a risky play but has big upside almost every week. He has scored three goals in his last three games but was help scoreless against Chelsea last time out. Aston Villa travel to Old Trafford next week so I wouldn't recommend Benteke unless you are feeling adventurous.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 23 - 4:36 PM

Christian Benteke used the old "it bobbled" excuse for his horrible miss in Belgium's friendly in midweek.

Benteke has been struggling to score this year and missed a empty goal sitter in Belgium's friendly on Wednesday. Despite the miss, Benteke could be on an upswing. The forward scored two goals in his last Premier League game and has overall looked decent in recent weeks. He is active and has been getting chances from Villa's midfielders. Continue to follow Benteke's situation and feel free to use him in fantasy if he gets any sort of goal streak going.
Mar 9 - 6:00 PM

Aston Villa are reportedly scouting Senegal striker Moussa Konate.

Konate is a 20 year old striker who is currently on loan at Genoa. The youngster could be a possible replacement should Villa decide to sell Christian Benteke in the summer. There were many rumors about Benteke leaving VIlla Park last summer and if Villa can cash in, Konate could be their guy for the future. Benteke would have even more upside if he ends up playing for a better Premier League team.
Mar 5 - 1:55 PM

Christian Benteke's first half brace saw Aston Villa erase an early Norwich goal and take the lead for good on the way to a 4-1 home victory.

Aston Villa's big Belgian forward had a quiet February but he started March off with a bang scoring a brace that included a spectacular opener. After Villa went down 1-0 to an early Wes Hoolahan goal, Benteke used his power to tally twice. Leandro Bacuna scored Villa's third before a Sebastien Bassong own goal completed the scoring for the day after 41 minutes. With the win, Villa move to 11th place in the table up from 14th.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Mar 2 - 1:48 PM