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Agbonlahor struggling

Aston Villa

Villa seek to end home woes

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Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Villa's draw with Sunderland may tempt Sherwood into more transfers

Tim Sherwood admits Aston Villa have lost a lot of their goal threat following Christian Benteke's departure.

How did Aston Villa draw 2-2 at home to Sunderland on Saturday? It was mystifying how Tim Sherwood's team failed to take all three points from a visiting side that ended the day at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Sunderland have already been tagged the whipping boys of the Premier League, so it was frustrating to see the hosts fail to claim three points. The reaction from the Villa support is understandable. The balance of play was overwhelmingly in their favour; dominance both in terms...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Scott Sinclair can be Aston Villa's answer at striker

Despite a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was pleased overall with his team's performance.

Scott Sinclair, striker? After watching his midweek League Cup hat trick against Notts County, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will be seriously considering a change of position for a player who has always been recognised as a winger, and yet has always possessed an eye for goal. Villa face Sunderland on Saturday, and Sinclair may line up at new centre-forward.It's an obvious move to suggest following his cup heroics, but the idea has more behind it than just a knee-jerk reaction to three goals against...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Defensive blunder costs Villa as Agbonlahor continues to struggle

Despite a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was pleased overall with his team's performance.

The new season is just three fixtures old, but Villa might be hard pressed to find a more frustrating way to lose a game over the coming months. Looking good for a well-earned point at Selhurst Park, Villa more or less handed the 2-1 victory on a plate to Crystal Palace.

The mistake came from Jordan Amavi, who lost the ball 30 yards from goal, but goalkeeper Brad Guzan was culpable too. In possession with a few minutes remaining, the best option probably wasn't to roll the ball out to the young...

Crystal Palace's character shines through in victory vs. Aston Villa

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Crystal Palace's 2-1 win vs. Aston Villa in the Premier League.

1. Palace character shines though

Crystal Palace's metamorphosis from hapless, cash-strapped chancers to Premier League stalwarts continues apace, as a fine strike from Bakary Sako secured a hard-fought three points at Selhurst Park over a stubborn Aston Villa side.

Manager Alan Pardew has assembled a fine squad in South London, a balanced combination of strength, pace and technical ability, but it's their...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Jack Grealish return a big boost to Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa

Club starlet Jack Grealish could be in line for a start on Saturday against Everton.
Jack Grealish has returned from injury and could feature for Aston Villa against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Confirmation that Jack Grealish is in the squad for Aston Villa's visit to Crystal Palace has added a little extra excitement and expectation ahead of the game.

It hasn't been an easy summer for the young winger but after missing the preseason with a hamstring injury, he's fit again. A huge admirer of his ability, Tim Sherwood will be sorely tempted to include him in the starting XI.

We'll no doubt hear a lot about "second season syndrome," over the next few months when it comes to Grealish and...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Adama Traore arrival will help Aston Villa's attack spark into life

The ESPN FC crew give their thoughts on Manchester United's narrow 1-0 win over Aston Villa, courtesy of a lone goal from Adnan Januzaj.

Aston Villa officially unveiled Adama Traore before the first home game of the league season, and the club's latest signing watched from the stands as his new team were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United on Friday night.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood will be keen to ensure the former Barcelona B winger does not remain a spectator for too long. At the end of yet another loss to United at Villa Park, the overriding conclusion was that while certain elements of Sherwood's new-look team are coming on nicely,...