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Aston Villa, Everton EPL clash ‘postponed’ over COVID-19.

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As a result, the Premier League Board has agreed to Aston Villa’s request to postpone the match on Sunday

The Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Everton on Sunday 17 January has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Villa camp.

Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground was closed on Thursday 7 January following a number of positive tests among the Villans first team.

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Dean Smith’s side were forced to field a starting XI of debutants from their Under-23 and Under-18 sides for the FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool the following day.

Their Premier League fixture against Tottenham that had been scheduled for Wednesday 13 January was postponed as a result of the outbreak, and the Premier League confirmed that Sunday’s clash has been too.

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“Aston Villa’s home match against Everton, scheduled to be played on Sunday 17 January at 12pm, has been postponed by the Premier League Board,” the statement released by the Premier League read.

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“Following the rescheduling of Villa’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, which was due to be played last night, a significant number of players and staff remain in isolation.

“Newcastle United’s postponed match at Aston Villa, which was due to be played on 4 December 2020, has been rescheduled and will now be played on Saturday 23 January at 8pm, live on Sky Sports.

“The Premier League, in consultation with its clubs, has enhanced its COVID-19 protocols, in addition to reimplementing a twice-weekly testing programme as the heath of players and staff remains the priority.

“The protocols, which strengthen key elements of the existing guidance, came into immediate effect last week.”

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Public Health England guidelines state that individuals who have tested positive for Covid or anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive must self-isolate for 10 days.

Nine Aston Villa first team players and five staff members tested positive – meaning the earliest the Villa squad can come out of isolation is Sunday 17 January.

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Aston Villa disgrace Arsenal in 0-3 away win.

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Aston Villa went up a gear in the second half with Jack Grealish pulling the strings in midfield and it was no surprise when Watkins headed home in the 72nd minute.

Aston Villa returned to winning ways in stunning fashion as Ollie Watkins scored twice in a 3-0 away thumping of an abject Arsenal in drizzly north London on Sunday.

The visitors had already seen a John McGinn goal ruled out for a harsh offside decision when Bukayo Saka, under pressure from Trezeguet, put into his own goal after 25 minutes.

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Watkins struck again three minutes later after a rapid counter-attack to seal the points.

Two consecutive defeats had halted Aston Villa’s early season charge but they moved back up to sixth with 15 points from eight games.

Inconsistent Arsenal are down in 11th with 12 points after four wins and four defeats so far.


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Arsenal wants Grealish but won’t meet Aston Villa’s demand

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish by expressing a serious interest, though are unwilling to meet the £80million valuation of the Midlands club.

Grealish played a starring role in keeping his boyhood team in the Premier League on the final day of the season, though is heavily tipped to embrace a new challenge this summer.

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Mikel Arteta’s side have now registered their interest with Villa, as report NobleSports but would be looking for the price to reduce significantly.

It is reported that a number of clubs are willing to pay between £50m and £60m for the attacking midfielder, though Villa’a stance has tightened now they have remained in the English top flight.

The club will hold out for around £20m more than suitors are currently willing to pay, wanting an £80m injection into their bank account after avoiding the financial hit of dropping down into the Championship.

Arsenal boss Arteta has however previously acknowledged that he is unaware whether serious funds will be provided for him this summer, as he sets about a rebuild of the north London club.

Arsenal’s summer transfer budget has been hit by their failure to qualify for the Champions league, along with the financial implications the club – like many others – has sustained due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grealish, who will turn 25 in September, currently has three years left on his contract and Villa are under no obligation to sell.

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As reported by NobleSports this week, Villa’s strong valuation of their captain also appears to have deterred Manchester United, who are set to turn their attention elsewhere.

Grealish is said to be hopeful of a move in order to boost his England credentials, and feature for the national team during the postponed European championships which are set to take place next year.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add strength to his attacking flanks and is a known admirer of Grealish.

Villa’s demands however now mean a likely pursuit is off with sole concentration on Jadon Sancho, although a deal with his club side Borussia Dortmund is still some way off.

The German giants are still demanding at least £100m for the England international, who signed a new deal with the club last year.

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Final Score: Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal. Here is the match report.

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1-0
Trezeguet (27′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

7′ CHANCE! McGinn’s header wide out

27′ GOAL! Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal (Trezeguet)

35′ Yellow Card! Torreira booked

45′ CLOSE! Grealish’s long shot wide out

61′ Yellow Card! Lacazette booked

75′ MISS! Davis’ shot inches wide

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Line-ups


Aston Villa XI: Reina, El Mohamady, Hourihane, M. Samatta, Grealish, Trezeguet, McGinn, Mings, Targett, Ngoyo, Douglas Luiz

Subs: Nyland, Lansbury, Jota Peleteiro, Guilbert, Hause, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Davis, I. Vassilev

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, E. Martinez, Cedric, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Torreira, Holding, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Sokratis, Xhaka, Macey, Bellerin, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Willock, M. Smith.

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Full-time score: Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United

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Game is over and the final score is Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
0-3
Bruno Fernandes (27′ PEN)
Greenwood (45’+5′)
Pogba (58′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

10′ Douglas Luiz’s free-kick stopped by Pogba

18′ Grealish’s shot just over the bar!

25′ OFF THE POST! Trezeguet almost goal!

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27′ Penalty Goal! Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd (Bruno Fernandes)

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37′ Greenwood’s attempt stopped by Reina

45′ Bruno Fernandes’s header just over the bar!

50′ GOAL! Aston Villa 0-2 Man Utd (Greenwood)

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50′ Wan-Bissaka’s header inches wide

56′ OFFSIDE! Rashford goal disallowed

58′ GOAL! Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd (Pogba)

61′ CLOSE! Martial hits the cross-bar!

66′ Subs! McTominay & Brandon Williams in,Matic & Wan-Bissaka out

71′ Subs! Fred replace Bruno Fernandes

82′ Rashford’s free-kick flies into the sky

92′ SAVE! Fine stop from Reina

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Line-ups


Aston Villa XI: Reina, Taylor, M. Samatta, Grealish, Trezeguet, McGinn, Hause, Mings, El Ghazi, Ngoyo, Douglas Luiz

Subs: El Mohamady, Nyland, Hourihane, Lansbury, Jota Peleteiro, Guilbert, Nakamba, Davis, I. Vassilev

Man Utd XI: Matic, De Gea, Lindelof, Pogba, Maguire, Shaw, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, Greenwood

Subs: Romero, Mata, Ighalo, Fred, Pereira, Bailly, Daniel James, McTominay, Brandon Williams.

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Aston Villa Vs Manchester United starting Xi’s revealed

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The line-ups of Aston Villa vs Man Utd have been announced.

Aston Villa XI: Reina, Taylor, M. Samatta, Grealish, Trezeguet, McGinn, Hause, Mings, El Ghazi, Ngoyo, Douglas Luiz

Subs: El Mohamady, Nyland, Hourihane, Lansbury, Jota Peleteiro, Guilbert, Nakamba, Davis, I. Vassilev

Man Utd XI: Matic, De Gea, Lindelof, Pogba, Maguire, Shaw, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, Greenwood

Subs: Romero, Mata, Ighalo, Fred, Pereira, Bailly, Daniel James, McTominay, Brandon Williams.

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Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa, first win after Coronavirus pandemic

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Goals from Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones settled a game in which champions Liverpool were far from their best against Aston Villa.

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Liverpool won their first game at Anfield as Premier League champions as a 2-0 victory piled the misery on relegation-threatened Aston Villa.

Having been angered by the Reds’ 4-0 loss to Manchester City on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp saw his side triumph on Sunday even if the performance still left much to be desired.

Sadio Mane’s 71st-minute goal broke the visitors’ stubborn resolve before Curtis Jones added late gloss as Dean Smith’s men, winless in nine in the league, remained in the bottom three.

Match Events


20′ Yellow Card! Robertson booked

Robertson picks up the first yellow card of the game after cutting out Luiz’s run.

58′ Van Dijk makes an important clearance

Van Dijk gives the ball to Luiz and he has a lot of room to run into down the middle. He has El Ghazi with him in support and he drifts past Robertson before cutting into the box. Van Dijk recovers though and makes an important interception before he can have a shot.

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71′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa (Mane)

Mane gets goal side of Taylor at the far post as Keita squares the ball through the middle and there’s nothing the Villa defenders can do as he sidefoots his shot over Reina and into the roof of the net. 1-0 Liverpool!

76′ NICE TRY! Firmino’s shot saved

Firmino plays a one-two with Salah on the edge of the box to open up some space for a shot and he takes it first time when he gets the return. He squeezes it through the defenders in the box and Reina dives across to push it away.

89′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa (Curtis Jones)

He’s left in a lot of space in the middle of the box and he hits the shot on the volley when he gets it from Salah. It bounces in front of Reina before hitting the back of the net for his first Premier League goal.

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Aston Villa’s Smith seeks referee protection for Grealish

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Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish needs more protection from referees, manager Dean Smith said after the midfielder became the most fouled player in the Premier League this season.

Statistics by sports data provider Opta showed Grealish was fouled nine times in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea – the most on one player in a single game this season.

His tally for the campaign stands at 140, with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha the next most targeted player, drawing 98 fouls this season.

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“Jack has had a marker on him all season…,” Smith told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s league trip to Newcastle United.

“The most surprising stat will be that there’s only about five bookings for those 140 fouls.

“The officials probably need to protect him more for sure. He’s got bruises all over his shins and his side.”

Villa are second from bottom with eight games remaining.

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‘Grealish too good for Villa’ – Teammate admits captain destined to leave

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Conor Hourihane has admitted Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is ‘too good’ for his side and destined for a big move.

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An impressive season in the Premier League has seen the midfielder linked with several of the division’s top clubs, with Manchester United the favourites to secure his signature.

Hourihane believes the 24-year-old has taken his game to the next level in recent seasons and thinks it is only a matter of time before Gareth Southgate gives him his first England call-up.

‘He’s top, top class. In terms of pure ability and sheer skill and technique level he’s easily the best player I’ve played with to date,’ he told the Southern Star’s podcast.

‘He’s just got that gift. He runs quicker with the ball, when he faces someone up you’re in real trouble. He’s skipping by the best players in this league so easily.

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‘He’s developed over the three years I’ve been here – he’s taken his game to a new level – especially this year in the Premier League.

‘He’s taken it by storm really. You know, England team and getting that big move is only a matter of time because, if I’m being brutally honest, he’s too good for our team at Aston Villa.’

Villa were in a relegation battle before the suspension of football due to coronavirus but the midfielder has still managed nine goals and eight assists across all competitions.

Grealish made headlines for the wrong reasons at the end of March after he broke government lockdown rules to attend a party at the apartment of his former team-mate Ross McCormack.

He allegedly crashed his £70,000 Range Rover into two other vehicles, leaving the scene before the police were called.

He later posted an apology on Twitter, saying he was ‘deeply embarrassed’ after his actions.


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Ex England striker, Emile react to iheanacho’s goal against Aston villa


Former England striker, Emile Heskey, has described Leicester City star, Kelech Iheanacho’s goal as ‘really impressive’ after the 23-year-old scored in the Foxes’ Carabao Cup 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Wednesday night at the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho came on as a substitute in the second-half to score the equalizer for Brendan Rodgers’men after Freddy Guilbert had put Aston Villa ahead in the first-half.

Hesky believes Iheanacho’s touch and finish against Aston Villa was great.

“It was a great finish from Kelechi Iheanacho,” Heskey told Sky Sports.

“That’s what he is capable of doing. I was surprised that they didn’t bring him on at half-time to be honest.

“He just gives them something different and you could see that they were really struggling to make chances.

“His goal was really impressive, especially the first touch which opened it up and the finish was great. He is that box player.

“If you give him that chance or half chance in and around the box, he’ll take it.”

“He has been unlucky in that he is up against Jamie Vardy who is on fire, so he hasn’t played that much,” Heskey added.

“But when he has played and come on the field, he has had a massive impact.”


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