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Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Barnsley and Aston Villa.Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Sep 19:15
Jackie Sewell joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1951 for a then-record transfer fee of ¬£34,500 and won six England caps, scoring in the famous 6-3 defeat to Hungary at Wembley in 1953.ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 26 Sep 18:13
England's Jackie Sewell, right, fires a shot at goal against Hungary in 1953. Former England and Aston Villa striker Jackie Sewell has died at the age of 89. He joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1951 for a then-record transfer fee of £34,500 and won six England caps, scoring in the famous 6-3 defeat to Hungary at Wembley in 1953. Sewell also scored 40 goals in 145 appearances for Villa between 1955 and 1959, winning the FA Cup in 1957, and also played for Notts County and Hull. He scored 104 goals in 193 appearances for the Magpies and helped them to promotion from the Football...Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Sep 15:57
Aaron Tshibola insists Aston Villa will be a "real force" this season in the Sky Bet Championship when they gel as a team. Villa have struggled so far, but Tshibola warns they will soon become a force.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 26 Sep 14:08
Former England, Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Hull City forward Jackie Sewell dies at the age of 89.ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 26 Sep 13:23
Barnsley Aston Villa 6:45 PM UTC Game Details Home: 9/4 Draw: 12/5 Away: 27/20 Odds from bet365 bet365 GameCast Lineups and Stats Barnsley will be without Saidy Janko and Aidy White for the home game against Aston Villa.Winger Janko, on loan from Celtic, missed the weekend defeat at Brighton due to a thigh injury and is expected to be out until after the international break.Defender White missed out on Saturday due to a slight hamstring tear and is also doubtful to face former club Leeds next weekend, so Cole Kpekawa is likely to resume in his absence.Fellow defender James Bree, an unused substitute at Brighton, is hoping to...Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Sep 00:55
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish must come in from the cold and impress manager Roberto Di Matteo after being fined†
KIERAN GILL AT VILLA PARK: Jack Grealish will report for first-team training at Aston Villa on Monday and attempt to persuade manager Roberto Di Matteo he is worth another chance.Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Sep 13:02
Premier League 2 would soften 'scary' financial blow of relegation, insists Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish
The money being spent on transfers and wages comes with a grave risk to clubs likely to be fighting relegation, Steve Parish points out, with the financial disparity getting ever bigger.Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Sep 11:45
Rafa Benitez insists Newcastle can only blame themselves following more dropped points against Aston Villa
Aaron Tshibola's late header earned Aston Villa a battling 1-1 draw after Tommy Elphick's first-half own goal almost gifted the Magpies victory on Saturday evening at Villa Park.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 24 Sep 22:27
Aston Villa fine Jack Grealish following a club investigation into the winger's part in an all-night party at a Birmingham hotel.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 24 Sep 21:06
Substitute Aaron Tshibola heads a late equaliser as Aston Villa fight back to draw with Newcastle United.ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 24 Sep 20:48
Aston Villa Newcastle United 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Aaron Tshibola rescued a point for Aston Villa as Newcastle blew the chance to close in on Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich. The midfielder headed in an 87th minute equaliser for the hosts to secure a 1-1 draw after Tommy Elphick's first-half own goal looked to have won it for the Magpies.Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame had chances to finish Villa off and the visitors paid the price late on, having been given let-offs when Mile Jedinak had a goal disallowed and Jordan Ayew hit the post.The teams were...Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 22 Sep 22:42
Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore says young footballers are "milked like a cow" and are not given enough help off the pitch.ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 22 Sep 19:36
Roberto Di Matteo believes England's second tier of football is one of the top five leagues in Europe.ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 22 Sep 11:25
Jack Grealish has made 22 league starts for Aston Villa. Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo has told Jack Grealish to "grow up" with the midfielder under investigation. Grealish is under a club investigation after reports police were called to a Birmingham hotel on Sunday morning, where the 21-year-old was alleged to be partying. A newspaper report claimed fellow party-goers were inhaling nitrous oxide. There is no suggestion Grealish joined them in doing so. Villa have not finished their probe and Grealish has not been fined or disciplined yet, although...Aston Villa ‚Äď teamtalk.com 16 Sep 15:58
All this weekend’s Premier League team news, with Man Utd and Arsenal boosted by the return of senior players, but Man City¬†are without one of their biggest stars.
Chelsea v Liverpool
Friday, 8pm, Stamford Bridge
David Luiz will start for Chelsea in place of captain John Terry.
Defender Terry suffered an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw with Swansea on Sunday and was ruled out for around 10 days.
Boss Antonio Conte confirmed Luiz would make his first appearance for Chelsea since his ¬£34million deadline-day switch from Paris Saint-Germain in Terry‚Äôs absence.
Defender Dejan Lovren is expected to return to the Liverpool starting line-up after an eye injury.
The Croatia centre-back missed Saturday‚Äôs 4-1 win over Leicester after sustaining a badly-bruised eye in training and midfielder Lucas Leiva had to deputise.
Midfielder Emre Can is back in training after an ankle problem but is not yet match fit, while manager Jurgen Klopp has to decide whether to bring back Philippe Coutinho after he was rested following a long trip back from international duty with Brazil.
Hull v Arsenal
Saturday, 3pm, KC Stadium
Hull’s new signing Dieumerci Mbokani is expected to be included in caretaker boss Mike Phelan’s squad.
Phelan confirmed former Norwich striker Mbokani is now ready to join the group following his deadline-day arrival on loan with a view to a permanent deal from Dynamo Kiev.
Club record signing Ryan Mason and Will Keane may be given bigger roles after making their debuts off the bench in last week’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, while fellow new recruits Markus Henriksen, James Weir and David Marshall hope to feature. Phelan has no new injury concerns.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will recall Petr Cech and could also have Theo Walcott available again.
Cech was rested from Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Paris Saint-Germain. In his absence, David Ospina impressed, but Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper will return.
Walcott faces a late fitness test, as does Olivier Giroud who is carrying a knock. Saturday’s fixture will come to early for Aaron Ramsey, who has a hamstring injury, and Gabriel Paulista, who is short of match fitness.
Leicester v Burnley¬†
Saturday, 3pm, King Power Stadium
Danny Simpson is set to return for Leicester after missing their Champions League win at Club Brugge with a hamstring injury.
The right-back is likely to be replaced by Luis Hernandez, who deputised in the 3-0 victory at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday, in what could be the Foxes’ only change.
Nampalys Mendy is still sidelined with an ankle injury and Matty James is also struggling with an ankle problem of his own but Jeff Schlupp is available after a muscle strain and Shinji Okazaki is fit despite being left out of the squad in Belgium. Record signing Islam Slimani, who replaced Okazaki in the Champions League, is expected to make his Premier League debut.
Burnley remain without only Ashley Barnes, while Jeff Hendrick could be given a full debut.
Barnes is yet to appear this season because of an issue with his lower hamstring and record signing Hendrick only made a 15-minute cameo against Hull last weekend having returned from international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche has now seen Hendrick up close for over a week and may be tempted to pair him with previous record signing Steven Defour in a central-midfield tandem.
Man City v Bournemouth
Saturday, 3pm, Etihad Stadium
Striker Sergio Aguero misses Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as he continues his domestic suspension.
Midfielder David Silva is unlikely to return after missing the midweek win over Borussia Monchengladbach but manager Pep Guardiola is yet to decide whether Ilkay Gundogan will continue in his place. The German impressed against Borussia but that was his first game following a five-month lay-off with a knee injury.
Captain Vincent Kompany, out since April with a thigh injury, is close to fitness but Guardiola will not risk him this weekend.
Eddie Howe has no fresh injury or suspension concerns.
The Cherries travel to the Etihad with a fully-fit squad but loanee Jack Wilshere is expected to start on the bench as he builds his fitness.
Callum Wilson is believed to be in the starting XI after scoring last time out against West Brom, his first goal since coming back from an injury which kept him sidelined of the majority of last season.
West Brom v West Ham
Saturday, 3pm, The Hawthorns
Hal Robson-Kanu could be included in the West Brom squad for the first time.
The Wales international striker has been building up his fitness since signing for the club at the end of last month and he might make the bench against the Hammers.
James Morrison is also nearing a return from his hamstring problems but Saturday’s match may come too soon for the midfielder.
The trip may come too soon for West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa to make his debut and he will most likely wait until next week’s EFL Cup tie against Accrington.
The former Real Madrid full-back, who signed on a free transfer on deadline day, was expected to be in line for his first start of the campaign but Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is set to stick with Sam Byram at right-back.
Mark Noble is available despite needing stitches for a hand injury suffered in their 4-2 defeat against Watford. Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew and Aaron Cresswell are all making “good progress” as the trio edge closer to a return to action. Simone Zaza should keep is place up-front.
Everton v Middlesbrough
Saturday, 5:30pm, Goodison Park
Everton have no fresh injury concerns.
Forward Enner Valencia, signed on loan from West Ham on transfer deadline day, is set to come into the Toffees’ matchday squad for the first time.
While boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed his intention to select Gareth Barry for what will be his 600th Premier League appearance, it is more unclear what Ross Barkley’s involvement will be after he was substituted at half-time at Sunderland on Monday. Fellow midfielder James McCarthy (groin) remains sidelined.
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has doubts over strikers Cristhian Stuani and Jordan Rhodes.
Stuani limped out out last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Place with a groin problem, while Rhodes suffered a knock to his knee in training on Thursday and both are being assessed.
Gaston Ramirez came off the bench against Palace after – like Stuani – only arriving back from international duty with Uruguay the previous day, and he will hope for a recall, while otherwise only long-term absentees James Husband (dislocated shoulder), Fabio da Silva (knee) and Grant Leadbitter (hernia surgery) are still missing.
Watford v Manchester United
Sunday, 3pm, Vicarage Road
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is expected to retain much of the starting XI that won 4-2 at West Ham last weekend.
Younes Kaboul faces a late fitness test, as does Sebastian Prodl, who replaced him as a substitute at the London Stadium.
Stefano Okaka also made his debut, coming on as substitute, but has been ruled out for the next month with a hamstring injury.
Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw return to Jose Mourinho’s matchday squad as Manchester United go to Vicarage Road.
The trio were rested for Thursday’s Europa League tie at Feyenoord, with the latter not risked after complaining of a tight hamstring following the derby defeat to Manchester City.
Centre-back Eric Bailly will be assessed after receiving a knock during the midweek loss in Holland, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan (thigh) is set to join Phil Jones (knee) on the sidelines.
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Sunday, 2:15pm, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace will be without defender Pape Souare for up to six months after he was injured in a car accident.
The 26-year-old suffered a broken thigh and jaw in the incident and is expected to be released from hospital this weekend.
Yohan Cabaye (groin strain) faces a late fitness test, but Connor Wickham (knock) and Bakary Sako (groin strain) have fully recovered and will be involved.
Stoke’s Mame Diouf and Glen Johnson look set to be available at Selhurst Park.
Forward Diouf and full-back Johnson have been sidelined by hamstring and thigh injuries respectively, but both have been in training this week.
Winger Xherdan Shaqiri remains out due to his calf problem.
Southampton v Swansea
Sunday, 2:15pm, St Mary’s
Southampton will assess forward Jay Rodriguez ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Swansea.
Rodriguez came off the bench to score a last-minute goal in the 3-0 Europa League win over Sparta Prague on Thursday evening, and manager Claude Puel reported him as a fitness concern.
Puel made seven changes for the European tie, so the likes of Charlie Austin, who scored twice, and midfielder James Ward-Prowse could be back on the bench. Club-record signing Sofiane Boufal remains out with a knee injury, as does right-back Jeremy Pied.
Swansea are set to return to a four-man defence, and that could mean more disappointment for Neil Taylor.
The Wales international was hauled off before half-time of the 2-2 draw against Chelsea last weekend as manager Francesco Guidolin abandoned the experiment of playing three central defenders. Taylor could once again lose out to Stephen Kingsley, who has been first-choice left-back this season, at St Mary’s.
Record signing Borja Baston could make the bench after a thigh injury which has delayed his debut since a ¬£15.5million move from Atletico Madrid, but winger Nathan Dyer has been ruled out for two months with an ankle problem.
Tottenham v Sunderland
Sunday, 4:30pm, White Hart Lane
Mousa Dembele¬†is set to make his first Premier League appearance of the season when Tottenham host Sunderland on Sunday.
Dembele came off the bench against Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday but has missed the start of Spurs’ domestic campaign through suspension.
Danny Rose is unavailable for the match at White Hart Lane as he is still recovering from a hamstring strain.
Lee Cattermole and Steven Pienaar are close to returns for Sunderland.
Midfielder Cattermole has not played this season after undergoing hernia surgery, while Pienaar has been nursing a hamstring strain, but both are back in training.
Defender Billy Jones (hip) is also training, but not quite as close to playing again, while striker Victor Anichebe has picked up a thigh problem while working his way towards match fitness, and goalkeeper Vito Mannone (elbow surgery), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) remain on the long-term casualty list.
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TEAMtalk’s top three strikers would be Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane in that order. How would your striker draft look?
We are four games into the Premier League season, but you can join our exciting¬†DRAFT FANTASY¬†game any time and sign up to a league with your friends.
We have all played the normal fantasy football games, usually end up all having David de Gea in goal, Kyle Walker in defence and Mesut Ozil bossing the midfield meaning you’re often all rooting for the same players.
Draft Fantasy Football is different in many ways.
First of all you play in a league with people you’ve personally invited or join a public league – and secondly each Premier League player can only be in one person’s team.
That means preparing your draft shortlist is absolutely vital, as you assemble a large bank of players you want in your 15-man squad, prioritise them in order of importance to you, then sit back and watch the draft unfold before your eyes.
You need to have two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three strikers – but after that you can select a number of formations, and change this on a weekly basis.
The player selection draft is done on a random basis but each person gets a number of first picks and second picks, so watching who you land is a thrilling experience – made even better if you make a social event of it, set it to auto pick and see who makes your 15-man line-up with your chosen rivals.
Once your squad has been assembled, you can trade players with fellow league managers if you wish, and once you’re happy, you need to choose your starting XI and four substitutes.
Your players then earn performance-related points as the season rolls by, and you can chop and change your line-up ahead of every round of Premier League action.
We’ll be writing weekend preview pieces outlining players who have great records against certain teams – and doing a weekly Team of the Week feature praising the fantasy star players.
So get your league created, set a date for your draft before the start of the Premier League season, which kicks off on August 13, and assemble a team of winners.
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Aston Villa were left to rue their luck once more as Henri Lansbury’s late goal earned Nottingham Forest a 2-2 draw at their Championship rivals.
The midfielder scored with just three minutes left as the visitors escaped with a 2-2 draw despite finishing the game with 10 men following a thrilling second half.
Two goals in two second-half minutes put Villa ahead after Ross McCormack and Rudy Gestede turned the game on its head.
They cancelled out Apostolos Vellios’ first Forest goal while the visitors had Hildeberto Pereira sent off for his second yellow card following the celebrations for Lansbury’s goal.
Villa dominated for long spells but again came up short after previously blowing a home lead against Huddersfield as McCormack hit the post, Jordan Ayew crashed the crossbar and Jonathan Kodjia was denied a debut goal.
Roberto Di Matteo’s now side have just six points from their first six games following relegation from the Premier League as they stutter in the Sky Bet Championship.
Vladimir Stojkovic was Forest’s hero in the first half but there was little to trouble the debutant keeper early on.
Villa were guilty of trying to score the perfect goal in the opening 10 minutes as they dominated possession but the visitors rode out any early pressure and the game lulled.
With little atmosphere Forest were comfortable to keep the tempo down and the only flashpoint in the opening half an hour was when Pierluigi Gollini needed treatment after being clattered by Lansbury.
But Villa should have gone ahead after 33 minutes when they opened Forest up for the first time as their ¬£27million strikeforce combined.
Ayew wriggled free on the edge of the area to find ¬£15million debutant Kodjia and the ex-Bristol City striker found McCormack at the far post, only for the ¬£12million buy from Fulham to hit the post from two yards.
A minute later Ayew diverted Aly Cissokho’s cross wide and shot over just before the break as Villa went in search of an elusive first-half breakthrough.
Powderpuff Forest offered no threat and needed Stojkovic to keep them level at half-time when he clawed Kodjia’s far-post header from the bottom corner.
Gollini failed to recover from his first-half injury and was replaced at the break by Mark Bunn and the former Norwich goalkeeper was beaten after 57 minutes.
Villa had dominated again but Gary Gardner wasted possession on the edge of the Forest box and the visitors broke away.
Lansbury led the charge to find Vellios 25 yards out and the Greece international turned and unleashed a dipping drive which flew past the helpless Bunn.
Villa almost hit back instantly when Ayew crashed a drive against the crossbar and Stojkovic turned Kodjia’s header wide as the hosts began to pile the pressure on.
It was one-way traffic and Stojkovic saved McCormack’s header after 71 minutes before Villa turned the game around in two madcap minutes.
Ayew was the key again as he set up McCormack to level on 72 minutes as the striker steered past Stojkovic from 15 yards.
Then, on 74 minutes, Villa were ahead when Ayew – Forest’s tormentor-in-chief – tricked his way into the area and crossed for substitute Gestede to control and hook in a half volley.
But the hosts then shot themselves in the foot as a breakneck second half continue when Lansbury levelled with three minutes left.
Pereira slalomed into the box to tee up Lansbury and the former Arsenal youngster crashed a brilliant finish into the top corner.
Pereira was then sent off following the celebrations after he collected his second yellow card in just two minutes but Forest survived to claim an unlikely point.
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Middlesbrough have secured their 11th arrival¬†of the transfer window, signing Adama Traore from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.
The 20-year-old former Barcelona man has signed a four-year deal at the Riverside, bringing to an end a disappointing injury-ravaged spell in the Midlands.
‚ÄúHe is another important player and I am expecting a lot from him,‚ÄĚ said Boro boss Aitor Karanka.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve known him since he was a kid. He went into the national team just after I left, but I know all about him and what he can do.
‚ÄúHis level is higher than he showed last season, but in the right environment I‚Äôm hoping that he will show what he is capable of.‚ÄĚ
Boro winger Albert Adomah, meanwhile, has gone in the opposite direction, making a permanent move to Aston Villa for another undisclosed fee.
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Predict how much will be spent by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.
TEAMtalk have teamed up with Sky Community to offer readers the chance to win a beer fridge, a¬†football shirt and a football, courtesy of Sky.¬†Simply guess how much will be spent in the Premier League summer transfer window for a chance to claim one of these prizes.
The 2016 summer transfer window has already been notable for the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United for whopping ¬£89.25million. Just think you could have seven or eight Pogba’s or buy Liverpool Football club, according to estimates over the weekend.
Despite summer cumulative transfer spending rising in the last four years, there are no guarantees this time around that the¬†current total of ¬£791million will top last summer’s record ¬£870million total.
Clubs went big and quickly, spending well over ¬£100million more on new players in the first week of this year’s summer transfer window than they had at the same point last season, despite purchasing fewer players. But since then spending has slowed down and the likes of new boys Hull City are yet to spend a penny.
Premier League clubs broke the summer spending record last summer, up four per cent from the previous year with¬†Manchester City the biggest spenders, splashing out¬†¬£160m for new talent – a record for a single club.¬†City have though topped that again this term with a new manager at the helm in Pep Guardiola, and they look set to add to their current ¬£165million summer spend with the addition of a new goalkeeper before the 11pm deadline on Wednesday, August 31
Their quieter rivals from across the city, Manchester United, also have a new man in charge and Jose Mourinho has been flexing his muscle in the market with a spend of ¬£157million to date. That figure could also rise with Mourinho looking at adding a defender to the star quartet he has already brought in at Old Trafford.
Sadio Mane has followed the well-trodden path from Southampton to Liverpool for a fee of ¬£35million to help Liverpool to a spend of ¬£65million, but they look in desperate need of a left-back to replace the ticking time-bomb that is Alberto Moreno. The Anfield club’s requirement is widely-known though, despite Jurgen Klopp’s attempts to convince us otherwise and his desire for the window to close, but¬†they may have to spend big to add defensive reinforcements.
The champions Leicester City have been modest in their acquisitions with just ¬£37million being forked out to swell their ranks. Ahmed Musa at ¬£16.5million is their biggest signing of the summer and he has shown already that he looks a perfect fit alongside Jamie Vardy and co.
Arsenal spent in excess of ¬£30million earlier in the summer of Granit Xhaka to see their spending at just over the ¬£44million, but there’s almost certainly set to be one more new arrival before the deadline. Gunners’ fans are calling for more new signings, but Arsene Wenger has a firm grip on the purse strings at The Emirates and multiple signings are not likely.
Their London rivals and last season’s fallen champions, Chelsea, have forked out ¬£63.5million with new gaffer Antonio Conte spending half of that on Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. The Italian tactician could yet add to that with a new centre-back with Blues fans praying for big-money move for Giorgio Chiellini.
Everton, Sunderland and West Brom¬†are looking for bodies in all positions, while West Ham need a striker or two and Tottenham want a winger.
All in all we could be primed for an exciting countdown to the deadline.
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