In Germany, Aston Villa played three matches and drew all three with a 1-1 score. In their first domestic preseason friendly, Aston Villa managed to double their per-match scoring output. Unfortunately, they also doubled their per-match goals allowed, as they drew at Wycombe 2-2. As with the matches in Germany, this one featured almost two entire squads, as all but one player changed from the first half to the second. Matthew Lowton and Ashley Westwood both scored for Aston Villa. While it'd be nice to see Aston Villa actually win a match in the preseason, it's worth keeping in mind the fact that these matches are more about fitness than they are results.
The big news of the day, however, was the fact that Andreas Weimann came off injured during the first half. He took a hard charge from Wycombe's Charles Dunne, required treatment, and then came off a few minutes later. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but hopefully it's not too bad. The closing minutes also saw Jordan Bowery limp off with some sort of an injury.
The starters played for the first hour and then were mostly replaced in the final 30 minutes, with only Graham Burke - who had come on for Weimann - finishing the match from the first group. According to Mat Kendrick, the team was playing a 4-2-3-1 formation today, which is an interesting shift from the 4-3-3 Paul Lambert was favoring in Germany. Christian Benteke was not named to the squad today, though he'll presumably be a part of the group for the next match.
1st 60 minutes lineup (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Luna, Westwood, Weimann (Burke, injury sub), Grealish, Carruthers
Last 30 minutes lineup (4-2-3-1): Steer, Donacien, Herd, Baker, Webb, Delph, Sylla, Burke, Gardner, Johnson, Bowery