Opposition Scouting Report: Aston Villa Team Analysis
After cruising along in the Capital One Cup, the blues will be back in action in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday when they host Paul Lambert’s side at the Stamford Bridge.
With Aston Villa visiting the bridge, we decided to check out more about the Premier League side in our opposition scouting report.
Here’s what we learned about them:
THE TEAM AND RECENT FORM
Aston Villa is an English professional Football club currently plying it’s trading in the English Premier League and is managed by Paul Lambert. The premier League side is currently captained by the center back and dutch international Ron Vlaar.
The Villans had a bad campaign last time around when they finished at 15th position in the League table just five points clear of the relegated teams.
Compare that to this season and the Villans are comfortably sitting at 3rd position in the League table with three wins and a draw in their five matches so far. The Birmingham based club had a brilliant start to this years campaign winning 3 of their first four league games including a win at Liverpool. But their unbeaten start was spoiled last weekend when they were thrashed 3-0 by the gooners. Coming of a loss the Villans will feel the pressure when they visit the Bridge on Saturday.
FORMATION AND STYLE OF PLAY
Paul Lambert usually likes to play a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation but with his side visiting the formidable Bridge this weekend, Lambert would like to be cautious and will most likely roll on with a 4-3-3 formation.
The Villans have traditionally been a counter-attacking team, and that’s definitely not going to change when they visit us next weekend. Lambert side will probably sit deep and absorb the pressure and look for a chance to counter attack through striker Agbonlahor, who has scored two goals in the league so far.
In a 4-3-3, their midfield, usually, comprises of Westwood shielding the defence with new signing Cleverley and Fabian Delph on his either side. The front three of Keiran Richardson, Andres Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor has been impressive while Brad Guzan continues to sit in front of the goal with Hutton, Sissokho, Senderos and captain Vlaar as his front four.
LACK OF CREATIVITY- creativity or a lack of it thereof has always been a problem for the Paul Lambert’s side. Traditionally the team has always looked to absorb the pressure and play a counter attacking game which explains the absence of a traditional no.10 in the side. Andreas Weimann might have been impressive this season, but that doesn’t explain the fact of lack of a creative influence in the side.
INJURY- The injury to the ace forward Cristian Benteke has affected Aston Villa and the goals have been hard to come by in his absence. The fact that no one other than Weimann and Agbonlahor has scored for Villa in the league this season shows us how important Benteke has been for the Lambert’s side.
Add to the fact the injury to Ron Vlaar and the Villans could be in for a beating this weekend. It is still not conformed if the captain will be able to start on Saturday and if he doesn’t it could be a big blow to the Villa side.
ANDREAS WEIMANN- Arguably the best player for the Villans this season Weimann has scored a couple of goals so far in the league. Usually operating from the right wing or sometimes as a second striker Weimann has been one of the reasons for Villa’s impressive season so far. If he continues his recent form Weimann could be able to pose a major problem for Filipe Luis on Saturday.
GABRIEL AGBONLAHOR- Along with Weimann, Agbonlahor has been the only player able to find the back of the net for Villa this season. Deployed as a striker, he has scored twice and has been the main counter attacking threat for the Villa side for past few years. Blues will no doubt need to deal with him, and his pacy runs to stop him from getting on to the score sheet.
HEAD TO HEAD
If we look at the history between the two clubs, both sides have met each other 141 times with blues leading the battle with 56 wins while the Villans have not been far behind with 52 wins. 33 times a game has ended in a draw.
Recently however the Rafa Benitez lead Chelsea side humiliated the Villans 8-0 in 2012-13 season while last season both the side came out on top once each. If history is something to go by this one is going to be a tough and exciting contest come Saturday.
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