Tactics

Aston Villa face squad selection dilemma

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Ahead of Aston Villa's third Premier League match of the year, who should Paul Lambert look to add to or drop from his side?

Tactical Preview: Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United

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After recording an opening day win, will manager Paul Lambert stick with the same formation?

Paul Lambert has some decent options this year

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Carlos Sánchez gives Paul Lambert a full squad for the first time in his Villa tenure. It's one that offers flexibility, some quality, and competition for spots in the team.

Tactical Preview: How will Villa line up vs Stoke?

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The opening match of the season is away to Stoke. How will Paul Lambert try to beat a team that has given him problems in the past?

A sensible formation that could work wonders

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No, 4-4-2 isn't particularly inspired. But it could be a great formation for Aston Villa.

Let's make the 4-3-3 better

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If the idea of watching another match with a 4-3-3 didn't make you happy, maybe a modified 4-3-2-1 will.

Why not stick with the boring same-old thing?

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The third in our look at possible Aston Villa formations brings us to an old friend: the 4-3-3.

Three at the back, but with more up front

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We continue our look at possible formations for Aston Villa's upcoming season. Today: The 3-5-1-1.

Can Villa make the 3-5-2 work?

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Aston Villa have a number of choices in formation for the coming season. Today we look at one way they could play three centre-backs, as many have suggested.

Jordan Bowery at Striker? Villa vs. Spurs tactics

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After having a positive impact in the last two matches, Jordan Bowery deserves to have a chance leading the line. Will other young players feature in the league's final match?

Who should play in attack with Weimann?

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Two-goal Andi Weimann showed why he should play as central striker last weekend. Who should Lambert choose to support him in the Aston Villa attack against Manchester City?

Tactical Preview: Aston Villa vs. Hull City

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The season is winding down and the last realistic chance for a win comes Saturday against Hull City. Who can Paul Lambert trust to score a vital goal?

Aston Villa vs. Swansea City: Tactical Preview

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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...

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

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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

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

Villa vs. Cardiff: Match analysis

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Villa's possession struggles, in visual form

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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...

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

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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

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

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