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Saturday 20 September 2014

ASTON VILLA

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

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Manager: Paul Lambert (pictured)

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Position last season: 15th

Nickname: The Villans

Ground: Villa Park

Capacity: 42,788

Players in: Joe Cole (West Ham, free), Philippe Senderos (Valencia, free), Kieran Richardson (Fulham, undisclosed)

Players out: Nathan Delfouneso (released) and Marc Albrighton(Leicester, free) Antonio Luna (Verona, loan), Jed Steer (Doncaster Rovers, loan) Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers, loan) Chances: Villa have failed to kick on under Lambert, who has been hamstrung by a lack of investment and troubled by backroom issues. However, the former Norwich boss has the nucleus of a promising side, and once things are settled off the field, expect some more solid performances boosted by Villa's lightning front line.

Fixtures

August: 16 Stoke, (a) 3.00; 23 Newcastle, (h) 12.45 BT Sport; 30 Hull, (h) 3.00

September: 13 Liverpool, (a) 5.30 Sky Sports; 20 Arsenal, (h) 3.00, Setanta Sports; 27 Chelsea, (a) 3.00

October: 4 Man City (h) 5.30, Sky Sports 18 Everton (a) 3.0 27 QPR (a) 8.0, Sky

Sports

November: 2 Tottenham, (h) 4.00 Sky Sports; 8 West Ham, (a) 3.00; 24 Southampton, (h) 8.00 Sky Sports; 29 Burnley, (a) 3.00

December: 2 Crystal Palace (a) 8.0; 6 Leicester (h) 3.0; 13 West Brom (a) 3.0; 20 Man Utd (h) 3.0; 26 Swansea (a) 3.0; 28 Sunderland (h) 3.0

January: 1 Crystal Palace (h) 3.0; 10 Leicester (a) 3.0; 17 Liverpool (h) 3.0; 31 Arsenal (a) 3.0

February: 7 Chelsea (h) 3.0; 10 Hull (a) 7.45; 21 Stoke (h) 3.0; 28 Newcastle (a) 3.0

March: 3 West Brom (h) 7.45; 14 Sunderland (a) 3.0; 21 Swansea (h) 3.0

April: 4 Man Utd (a) 3.0; 11 Tottenham (a) 3.0; 18 QPR (h) 3.0; 25 Man City (a) 3.0

May: 2 Everton (h) 3.0; 9 West Ham (h) 3.0; 16 Southampton (a) 3.0; 24 Burnley (h) 3.0

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