May 11, 2015

Aston Villa Review: Episode 120 - 38 points with two games to play

Aston Villa's turnaround under Tim Sherwood continues to catch the eye and Saturday's victory over West Ham United puts them within touching distance of Premier League safety. Southampton (A) and Burnley (H) will be the fixtures that decide their fate but the situation looks far rosier with 38 points on the board than it did just two weeks ago. Saturday wasn't pretty, but it'll do just fine for us, thank you very much.

In this week's show Chris and Steve assess Villa's home win, drool about Jack Grealish and Tom Cleverley (again) and look ahead to next weekend's visit to St Mary's to play Southampton. We also take a few minutes to examine the relegation battle as it stands. With Burnley and Queens Park Rangers gone, five teams are fighting to avoid a single spot. Can Villa hold their nerve at the top of the pile?

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May 4, 2015

Aston Villa Review: Episode 119 - Villa dominate Everton to take three vital points

When Leicester City hammered Newcastle United on Saturday there was a sense amongst Aston Villa supporters that it might not be the best result for Tim Sherwood's side. There was, though, one way to turn it into the best possible outcome from that lunchtime kick-off: beat Everton and overtake both of them. Villa did just that with a 3-2 victory at Villa Park, a victory whose scoreline flattered not the victors but the visitors.

Goals from Christian Benteke and Tom Cleverley edged Villa closer to Premier League safety, and the focus of this week's Aston Villa Review is an assessment of Saturday's win. We discuss Villa's goalkeeping situation and renewed ability to win matches in midfield, and look tentatively ahead to another home game this coming Saturday afternoon. Can Villa take another three points against West Ham United to consolidate their position at the top of the bottom?

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April 27, 2015

Aston Villa Review: Episode 118 - loss to Manchester City assessed ahead of Everton showdown

Playing against Manchester City is difficult. Playing against Manchester City is even more difficult when you hand over their first goal on a silver platter with just three minutes gone. To gift them two more, well, that's criminal and almost impossible to overcome. Aston Villa did just that at the Not At All Sponsoring Themselves Stadium on Saturday and the manner of the 3-2 defeat leaves supporters with both positives and negatives to chew over.

In this week's show Chris and Steve assess the performance, discuss Villa's character and vulnerability, and revisit the major incidents from what became a dramatic and frustrating afternoon, including two penalty shouts and the mighty Villa comeback that never was. We also look ahead to the next fixture in the Premier League, which sees Everton visit Villa Park on the back of a 3-0 victory over Manchester United. Hold on to your hats, folks, we ain't safe yet.

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