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Aston Villa: Manager, Stadium, Key Fixtures & Squad

Having climbed from the relegation zone in September to qualify for the Europa Conference League on the final day of the 2022/23 campaign, Aston Villa are thriving under the tutelage of Unai Emery this season.

Stadium: Villa Park
Manager: Unai Emery
Captain: John McGinn
Top league scorer last season: Ollie Watkins – 15
Last season’s position: 7th

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Key Fixtures

Fixtures
  • Opening Day (12th August 2023) - Newcastle v Aston Villa
  • Boxing Day (26th December 2023) - Man Utd v Aston Villa
  • Final Day (19th May 2024) - Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

Manager – Unai Emery

  • Date Joined - 24th October 2022
  • Date of Birth - 3/11/1971
  • Nationality - Spanish
  • Previous Clubs - Villarreal, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow, Valencia, Almeria, Lorca Deportiva

Ambitious Aston Villa raising expectation levels

Stadium

Aston Villa - Villa Park
  • Name - Villa Park
  • Capacity - 42,657
  • Record Attendance - 76,588 vs Derby (March 1946)
  • Opened - 1897

Key Player - Ollie Watkins

  • Position - Striker
  • Date Joined - September 2020
  • Fee Paid - £28m
  • Nationality - English

More Information about Ollie Watkins and more Premier League key players

One to Watch - Pau Torres

  • Position - Centre Back
  • Date Joined - July 2023
  • Fee paid - £33m
  • Nationality - Spanish

Transfers

Transfers

In:

  • Morgan Rogers (Middlesbrough - £16m)
  • Kosta Nedeljkovic (Red Star Belgrade - Undisclosed)
  • Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen - £51.9m)
  • Pau Torres (Villarreal - £46m)
  • Youri Tielemans (Leicester City - Free)
  • Nicolò Zaniolo (Galatasaray - Loan)
  • Clément Lenglet (Barcelona - Loan)
  • Morgan Rogers (Middlesbrough - £8m)
  • Kosta Nedeljkovic (Red Star - £7m)
  • Joe Gauci (Adelaide United - £1m)

Out:

  • Ashley Young (Everton – Free)
  • Jed Steer (End of contract)
  • Cameron Archer (Sheff Utd - £18m)
  • Jaden Philogene (Hull City - £5m)
  • Marvelous Nakamba (Luton Town - £3m)
  • Keinan Davis (Udinese - £2m)
  • Wesley Moraes (Stoke City - Free)
  • Philippe Coutinho (Al-Duhail SC - Loan)
  • Morgan Sanson (Nice - Loan)
  • Viljami Sinisalo (Exeter City - Loan)
  • Bertrand Traore (Villarreal - Free)
  • Leander Dendoncker (Napoli - Loan)

Last season's performance

Aston Villa's 2022/23 campaign began with the stripping of the captaincy from Tyrone Mings by Steven Gerrard, who threw Mings to the wolves somewhat, suggesting he wasn't ready to play.

An injury to Diego Carlos meant Mings was reinstated to the starting XI, albeit not as captain, but after two wins in 11, Villa found themselves in a relegation battle, and following up a 4-0 win over Brentford with a 4-0 loss to Fulham saw Gerrard dismissed.

Unai Emery took the reins and kicked off his tenure with an impressive win over Manchester United as Villa went about a rapid ascent up the table, and a run after the turn of the year that saw the Villans take 26 points from a possible 30 results in a first European campaign since 2010/11.

This season's prospects

Unai Emery has reunited with Pau Torres, bringing the centre-back in from Villarreal, while their midfield also has plenty of depth as they balance domestic form with their European exploits.

Boubacar Kamara, John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey and Youri Tielemans provide Emery with freedom to rotate his side as they navigate the Europa Conference League.

With Emery at the helm, Villa fans will be optimistic that they can sustain the form that's catapulted them into title contention at the halfway mark of the campaign. Their results at Villa Park have been exceptional, having won all but two of their matches on home turf, including victories over Manchester City and Arsenal.

On top of their Premier League competitiveness, the Villans will expect to reach the latter stages of the Europa Conference League; if not go all the way.

Last five seasons

SeasonLeague finish
2022/237th (Premier League)
2021/2214th (Premier League)
2020/2111th (Premier League)
2019/2017th (Premier League)
2018/195th (Championship)

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