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Mid-November Primer: Aston Villa is back!

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The final international break of the year ends and Villa face three matches in eight days

Preston North End v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Another international break has come and gone — and while some fans & players are thrilled and some have not yet recovered — it is time to catch up on what is happening in the Aston Villa world as Villa enter a busy stretch.

  • John Terry is still out with a broken foot and creates a big hole in the Villa defense. Owner Tony Xia tweeted that the injury likely means a “8-10 weeks absence.”
  • Jonathan Kodjia was left out of the Ivory Coast squad and is still recovering. Gabby Agbonlahor is said to be nearing full health.
  • Keinan Davis has signed a new contract.
  • Newcastle outcast Mohamed Diamé is rumored to be interested in joining Villa in January.
  • Hey! A former Aston Villa Manager actually got another job -- Remi Garde will lead Montreal Impact in MLS.
  • Mile Jedinak is a hat-trick hero.
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Putting the team on his back
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October/November: Mixed Bag

Oct 14 — Wolves 2 - 0 Aston Villa

Oct 21 — Aston Villa 2 - 1 Fulham

Oct 29 — Birmingham 0 - 0 Aston Villa

Nov 1 — Preston 0 - 2 Aston Villa

Nov 4 — Aston Villa 1 - 2 Sheff Wed

Table Watch

# Club Points Wins Draws Losses
# Club Points Wins Draws Losses
1 Wolves 35 11 2 3
2 Sheff Utd 33 11 0 5
3 Cardiff City 31 9 4 3
4 Bristol City 30 8 6 2
5 Middlesbrough 26 7 5 4
6 Aston Villa 26 7 5 4
7 Derby County 25 7 4 4
8 Ipswich Town 24 8 0 7
9 Nottm Forest 24 8 0 8
10 Leeds United 23 7 2 7

November: Chance to give thanks (hopefully)

Nov 18 — QPR v Aston Villa

Nov 21 — Aston Villa v Sunderland

Nov 25 — Aston Villa v Ipswich

Three winnable matches in eight days means the whole of the team is going to be put to the test — but with a chance to push on. All three opponents are below Villa in the table. Steve Bruce needs to be smart about play time especially for those travelling a long distance for international matches (looking at you Mile Jedinak).

Sean Evans dug into the rest of the matches for 2017 — check it out. I’ll be back come December when Aston Villa have six matches.