Aston Villa

Aston Villa

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Aston Villa were defeated thoroughly by Everton, 3-0, marking their fourth consecutive loss in the league.

On the bright side, the losses were all against the best clubs in the league and it would be difficult for any side to rack up many points over that stretch. Still, one can't help but feel the culture of losing may take some time to repair as Villa look ahead to a much friendlier schedule. They need Christian Benteke to step up if he is to be the central figure in their attack. He has been either injured or in poor form for a very long time now. Charles N'Zogbia, another potential attacking weapon, did absolutely nothing again and is only hurting the cause. The lack of Fabian Delph did not do them any favors either. To add one more insult, there was an injury. Nathan Baker had to leave in the first half with a knock and may be a doubt for next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 18 - 12:18 PM

Aston Villa were dealt a major injury blow as their worst fears were realized when they learned Fabian Delph would require surgery to repair the shoulder he damaged in training this week, with initial reports suggesting he won't return until the new year.

There are many intangibles to Delph's game that Villa, and the England national team for that matter, will sorely miss while he is sidelined, so the next couple of months could be a real test for the Lions. On the bright side, they have already cleared the hardest part of their schedule for the first half of the season and have shown enough defensively to make one think they can find points until the new year. Carlos Sanchez projects to slot into Delph's central midfield spot but his fantasy potential is not likely to compare.
Oct 17 - 1:38 PM

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is sweating on the fitness of England midfielder Fabian Delph after a freak training injury caused extensive shoulder damage which may require surgery.

Delph returned from international duty unscathed but during his first session back fell awkwardly landing on his shoulder and Lambert is waiting to discover if the player will need an operation to repair the problem. The club are yet to formally confirm the player will miss the trip to Goodison Park on Saturday but any involvement is highly unlikely with a period of rest recommended in the first instance. Summer signing Carlos Sanchez remains on standby for only his second Premier League start. However there was better news with the timely return of Dutch stopper Ron Vlaar who could replace the doubtful Senderos [thigh] with Christian Benteke also pushing for a place in the eleven after impressing over the past two weeks.
Source: Express
Oct 16 - 7:16 PM

Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

The 19-year-old has established a spot in the Villa rotation and has made some appearances off the bench in the Premier League. He looks like a promising lad and Villa have done a great move to sign him to a long-term deal. We don't think Grealish is worth owning in fantasy this season, but if any Villa players gets injured, he could quickly become a fantasy asset.
Source: BBC
Oct 15 - 9:17 PM

Aston Villa defender Edna Stevens has completed a loan move to Northampton that will last a month.

Stevens only has six starts for Aston Villa since joining in 2012 and spent last year on loan at Notts County and Doncaster. He is obviously not Premier League material and at age 24, Aston Villa might want to sell him for whatever they can get. Don't expect fantasy production from Stevens.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 12 - 10:54 PM

Paul Lambert will be hoping captain Ron Vlaar can step up his recovery from a calf injury this week ahead of the trip to Goodison Park after Switzerland confirmed defensive teammate Philippe Senderos suffered a thigh injury during the loss to Slovenia on Thursday.

Vlaar has missed the last four Premier League games and with a set of tricky fixtures coming up the Claret & Blues need their talismanic Dutch defender to hit the ground running following the loss of Senderos who has returned to Bodymoor for further assessment. Although the severity of the problem has not yet been confirmed a grade one tear is likely to keep Senderos out for around three weeks with Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark battling it out for the remaining place while Jores Okore [ACL] is closing in on a return after a year out.
Source: Daily Star
Oct 11 - 1:53 PM

Dutch defender Ron Vlaar is closing in on a return to first team action as the Aston Villa skipper looks to step up his recovery from a calf injury during the international break.

Vlaar will miss the upcoming Euro qualifying games against Kazakhstan and Iceland to focus on a return in game week eight when Villa travel to Goodison Park. After a win at Anfield – their third in the opening four games – Villa were sitting pretty in the Premier but a loss to Arsenal at home with a decimated squad [illness] was followed up by tricky set of fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City which have left the Claret & Blues on the slide. The return of Ron Vlaar will be a major boost with an important set of matches coming up but Paul Lambert will be very aware that he doesn’t rush his captain back too quickly after a history of muscular problems. Nathan Baker could continue to deputise in his absence.
Oct 7 - 6:35 AM

Aston Villa nearly pulled off another surprising clean sheet, keeping Manchester City out as the match entered the final ten minutes, but the visitors would finally break through twice, and the Lions suffered a 0-2 loss.

Villa are amid a horrific schedule that has seen them play last year's top four over four straight weeks. Yet they came oh, so close to fetching their 2nd cleanie in that stretch and 4th of the season, but the pressure from City finally boiled over in the end. Still, Villa should be feeling confident going forward with their defense, and fantasy managers should be as well in plus matches, with Hutton being the best play among their defenders to date. On a side note, Christian Benteke made his first appearance of the season as a substitute. Villa would be a complete threat if their star forward can stay fit and find some form.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 4 - 2:39 PM

Ron Vlaar continues to struggle with a calf injury and will miss the weekend match against Manchester City.

Vlaar has now missed a number of games with this injury and Paul Lambert doesn't think he can make it back in time for this weekend. Lambert also mentioned that Vlaar is doing really well and all signs point towards him making a return for Aston Villa's next Premier League game, which is against Everton on October 18th.
Oct 2 - 8:31 PM

Libor Kozak has suffered a setback and will be out until 2015.

Kozak was expected to return in November or December but has suffered a set-back on his leg and has had to have another operation this week. This is really bad news for him as he is now set to be out for the remainder of the calendar year. With Christian Benteke returning from injury right now, it will be hard for Kozak to break the starting XI at Villa once he returns. He is safe to drop in almost all fantasy formats at the moment.
Oct 2 - 8:11 PM

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

Thomas Cleverley has enjoyed his start at Aston Villa with a few good performances.

Cleverley was fantastic in Villa's win over Liverpool and was decent in their defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal, despite Villa losing both of those games. The entire Villa squad was simply overmatched in those two matches so we can't really blame the midfielder for the losses. Cleverley is not a great fantasy option due to his lack of attacking prowess but he should continue starting as one of the Villa's best real life players.
Oct 1 - 11:17 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

Ron Vlaar is a major doubt for Aston Villa's match against Arsenal this weekend.

Vlaar is struggling with a calf injury and likely won't be available when his team faces Arsenal. That's a big blow for Villa as they are a significantly better side with Vlaar involved. When healthy, he provides a level of experience and skill that's among the most consistent in the Premier League. We recommend him for fantasy in plus matchups, but of course he is not to be considered this week due to the injury.
Sep 18 - 7:56 PM

Joe Cole is back at training but is behind on fitness and will almost certainly not start this weekend.

Cole is back to his old self - injured or not fit. He hasn't been able to string more than a few games together for a few years now and should not be considered for any fantasy squads anymore. Aston Villa face a strong Arsenal squad this weekend in what should be an entertaining match, but we'd recommend against using too many of their players in fantasy.
Sep 18 - 7:51 PM

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