Tactics

Aston Villa vs. Swansea City: Tactical Preview

Two teams who would basically be assured Premier League survival with a win do battle this weekend. Find out who should start at striker for Aston Villa as well as the lineup Paul Lambert should go with.

Holt brings depth at striker; AVFC don't need that

The best justification for bringing in Grant Holt - striker depth - is an argument that makes almost no sense.

In the wings: How KEA's goal came to be

Taking a look at how Karim El Ahmadi's goal against West Bromwich Albion came to be.

Villa vs. Cardiff: Match analysis

Despite some real quality and a positive result, Aston Villa's inability to move the ball effectively is part of a larger and worrisome trend.

Tactical analysis: Villa 3-2 Manchester City

Thanks in part to some severe injury constraints, Paul Lambert opted to pack the centre of the pitch, yielding the wings to Pellegrini and City. It very well may have won his side the game.

A closer look at Villa 1-2 Newcastle United

After a two week break, Villa returned to action and frustration and disappointment reared their ugly heads.

A closer look at Aston Villa's first three games

With Aston Villa's opening week of the season now in the books, here is a detailed look at their performance in all three phases of the game.

Villa's recent performances give reason for hope

While Aston Villa are by no means clear of the danger zone just yet, their recent performances indicate the side may have turned a corner. Here's a look at the way tactical and personnel changes have altered Villa's game.

Villa's possession struggles, in visual form

Our newest contributor takes a look at Aston Villa's inability to maintain possession of the football, and gives you a handy tool to put the numbers in context.

One In, Two Solved

Ciaran Clark's experience in midfield coupled with the signing of a quality central defender could help alleviate two of Aston Villa's biggest weaknesses.

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Does Paul Lambert Have The Players He Needs To Implement His System?

Paul Lambert has definite tactical ideas in mind for Aston Villa, but does he have the players he needs to implement them?

Some Help For Villa's Winger Issues Might Already Be On The Team

Aston Villa are in desperate need of a greater contribution to the attack from the wings, and their most creative central playmaker has his share of shortcomings in the middle of the park. Could these two problems provide their own solution?

How Aston Villa’s Potent Attacking Midfield Can Ease Their Striker Concerns

Aston Villa don't have a lot of depth to their squad, and forwards are certainly a concern. But can the midfield make up for it?

Alex McLeish Claims His Tactics Aren't Negative; Entire World Points And Laughs

Alex McLeish Claims His Tactics Aren't Negative; Entire World Points And Laughs

Will Emile Heskey's Injury Force A Change To Aston Villa's Formation?

With Emile Heskey suffering from a hamstring injury, Alex McLeish will need to change his starting XI for Aston Villa's match against Newcastle. What are his best options?

A Tactical Review Of Aston Villa-Wolves: Someone Hold Me Because I'm Scared

A Tactical Review Of Aston Villa-Wolves: Someone Hold Me Because I'm Scared

Tactical Thinking: Positions

The first part in the 7500 to Holte series on tactics focuses on the most fundamental aspect of that topic: positions.

Aston Villa Tactics: What Would You Like To Read?

7500 to Holte has heard you, and we want to write more about tactics and strategy! Come let us know if you'd be interested in an introductory series on the topic.

Aston Villa's Defensive Dilemma: What Three At The Back Might Look Like On Saturday

Aston Villa's Defensive Dilemma: What Three At The Back Might Look Like On Saturday

Today In Things That Will Never Happen: Aston Villa and the 3-4-3

Today In Things That Will Never Happen: Aston Villa and the 3-4-3

Good News: We Don't Have to Do This. Bad News: We're Still Doing It Anyways

Good News: We Don't Have to Do This. Bad News: We're Still Doing It Anyways

It's Time to Stop Wasting Talent: Aston Villa's Stubbornness Will Be Their Undoing

It's Time to Stop Wasting Talent: Aston Villa's Stubbornness Will Be Their Undoing

Putting It All Together: Thinking About Aston Villa's Tactical Approach

Putting It All Together: Thinking About Aston Villa's Tactical Approach

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