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Tactics

Examining Aston Villa’s tactical tweaks

Dean Smith made a small change to make Villa a little bit more effective. So far, so good.

No corners? No problem. Aston Villa’s corners aren’t an issue

Annoyed with Villa’s short corners or just the lack of set pieces at all? Corners mostly deliver false hope, rather than goals.

One Moment: Erik Lamela counter-press unlocks Aston Villa

AVFC held on for so long in their Premier League opener, but it took one moment for Erik Lamela to unlock them

Tactical Analysis: Predicting Aston Villa’s 19/20 attacking setup

Villa have shown glimpses of attacking evolution in their pre-season so far

Tactical Analysis: Predicting Aston Villa’s 19/20 defensive setup

Tactical analysis of Aston Villa’s first preseason game might hold the keys to predicting Villa’s setup in the Premier League

Aston Villa vs Bristol City tactical preview

Gareth Cooper is back to check out the x’s and o’s of Bristol vs Villa.

Aston Villa vs Derby County preview: Can Villa halt the Rams?

Do AVFC have what it takes to start Frank Lampard and Derby? We preview the upcoming encounter

Analysing Villa’s midfield play against West Bromwich Albion

Villa’s midfield were awful against West Brom - and they didn’t have much luck go their way.

Will Aston Villa see a tactical transformation under Dean Smith?

It’s Dean Smith’s first game as Villa manager - but how will Villa try to play against Swansea City?

Aston Villa vs Wolves: Tactical preview

Pretty much the entire Wolves side is a threat to Aston Villa

Talking Tactics: Lies, damned lies and analytics

Dan Hayes thinks that Aston Villa might have some method to their madness. Here’s a close look as to what went down when Hull came to Villa.

Is three at the back the way forward for Aston Villa?

Aston Villa need a trump card this year - could it be a 3-5-2

How might Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest line up?

Aston Villa vs. Nottingham Forest: Tactics, possible lineups

Derby County vs Aston Villa halftime tactics: Our expert breaks down the first half

Adam Clark leads the debate over on Facebook as Aston Villa take on Derby.

Aston Villa vs. Shef. Wednesday: Tactical preview

Who starts, and who sees the bench against Sheffield Wednesday? We took a guess here!

What will Di Matteo's Aston Villa's XI look like?

Roberto Di Matteo is yet to manage a match at Aston Villa. That doesn't mean we can't speculate as to what his team may look like.

It's time to play the kids

Aston Villa are going to lose to Manchester United no matter what. Therefore, some younger players may as well get a shot.

Pride on the line for Villa as they head to Stoke

Not a whole lot matters at this point, but Stoke are still the worst and it would be nice if Villa could get a result on Saturday.

How will Aston Villa line up against Liverpool?

Every match is a must-win if Aston Villa want to keep their slim survival hopes alive. So what lineup will Garde go with against Liverpool?

Depth will limit Rémi Garde's choices vs. Norwich

He doesn't have a whole lot of players at his disposal, so who will Garde go with against Norwich? We take a guess here.

The 4-2-3-1 formation explained

Can Villa pull off a cupset against Man City?

They're vastly overmatched, but there's a chance Rémi Garde's side could do the business against a superior opponent this weekend.

Can Villa keep the run going against West Brom?

Four games without a loss has Aston Villa in the best run of form they've seen in quite a while. They'll need to keep it going against Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

Leave that lineup alone against Leicester, Rémi!

Rémi Garde should restrain from tinkering with his team ahead of the upcoming Midlands Derby

Just try the 4-4-2, Rémi

Going back to basics might be the solution for Aston Villa, though it may not solve the relegation problem.

Could Villa win against West Ham on Boxing Day?

The first of three crucial games is West Ham at home on Boxing Day. Villa may just have what it takes to secure three vital points.

Who should Garde start against Newcastle?

Lose this one, and the season is all-but over. So who starts for Aston Villa against Newcastle United?

Possible lineups for Aston Villa vs. Arsenal

Who will start for Aston Villa as they host Arsenal? We took a guess here!

Is it possible for Villa to beat Southampton?

Villa need a win. Now more than ever. Can Rémi Garde's side come back from St. Mary's with three points though?

What must Villa do to win against Everton?

Every match seems like a must win for Aston Villa at this point, as even though it's only November, time is running out to save the season and avoid relegation.

Aston Villa vs. Manchester City: Tactical preview

What formation will Rémi Garde set his team up in game number one? Only he knows, but we've taken a guess based on recent performances.

Who starts for Villa against Tottenham?

It's a game nobody expects Villa to win, but even a draw on the road against Spurs would be big.