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Aston Villa Guide

  1. Aston Villa Guide

    Aston Villa Guide
    Villa have recently fallen on hard times, both financially and on the pitch. There once champions league place chasing team has been dismantled and replaced with a young and hungry approach. There is no money to spend thus trimming the squad can be done to bring in a few players that are needed for a successful season. Sadly you will not be able to bring in too many players thus this season is about developing ones you already have and maintaining a top 12 finish. The backroom staff are adequate although a few quality coaches may be looked at as the season progresses.

    Budgets

    £0 – Transfer Fees
    +75k – Wage Budget

    Goalkeepers

    Shay Given – 3 ½ star
    Brad Guzan - 3 ½ star
    Benjamin Siegrist - 1 star – 2 ½ star

    A strong position set for Villa. Both Guzan and Given make for good starting keepers with Siergrist a decent prospect who can keep the 3rd slot without taking up a squad place. Guzan shows a slightly better attribute set in key areas, yet try both and see which fits best.


    Full Backs

    Alan Hutton - 2 ½ star
    Matthew Lowton - 2 ½ star – 3 star
    Stephen Warnock - 3 star
    Joe Bennett – 2 star – 2 ½ star
    Eric Lichaj – 2 star

    Villa seem fairly week here. Warnock will do for a season but is definitely on the decline as a footballer. Bennett and Lowton are both young full backs however only Lowton can command a starting spot. Hutton is a fairly poor defending full back however can cause problems for the opposition as an attacking full back option. Warnock can be given 1 season until he is out of contract and released on a free unless you want to accept a very cut price offer for him straight off with no real funds to replace. Lichaj can be sold or loaned as he is surplus to requirements. Oscar Wendt available at 1.5 mil is a decent acquisition on the cheap.



    Centre Backs

    Richard Dunne - 4 star
    Ron Vlaar 4 - star
    Ciaran Clark - 3 star – 3 ½ star
    Nathan Baker – 2 star - 3 star

    With Richard Dunne staring off the game out for around 2 months, it may be worth looking into a loan deal. Dunne’s natural fitness is a concern as is his age, however he is a solid dependable centre back to partner Vlaar. Clark offers good back up with a viable starting offer. Baker as well is a good choice for 4th choice. Michael Mancienne can make for a cheapish replacement for Dunne at little over 1.5 mil. His pace will certainly come into play in a fairly ageing a slow defence.

    Wingers

    Charles N’Zogbia – 3 ½ star
    Marc Albrighton – 2 ½ star – 3 ½ star
    Brett Holman – 2 ½ star
    Gabby Agbonlahor – 4 star

    With the players here all favouring to be on the right flank and pushed up as AM R/L, it is worth using N’Zogbia on the right and Agbonlahor as a makeshift left AM until you gather some funds to improve the left flank. Holman is solid back up and Albrighton can push for first team easily. An ageing Albert Riera can be a short term cheap option on the transfer market.

    Central Midfield

    Ashley Westwood – 2 ½ star – 3 star
    Karim El Ahamadi – 3 star
    Barry Bannan – 2 star – 3 star
    Fabian Delph – 2 ½ star – 3 ½ star
    Gary Gardner – 2 star – 4 star
    Chris Herd – 2 star
    Stephen Ireland – 3 ½ star

    Again Villa have a strength in depth with younger players such as Gary Gardner and Fabian Delph having high potential ratings. Chris Herd is surplus to requirements and Barry Bannan may be offloaded for funds as there is enough strength in depth to play without him. Ireland is easily the best play here when put in an AM role. If you play 5 in midfield as this guide suggests you may consider loaning an AM such as Nick Powell for depth.

    Strikers

    Jordan Bowery – 2 ½ star
    Darren Bent - 3 ½ star
    Gabby Agbonlahor – 4 star
    Andi Wiemann – 2 star – 3 ½ star
    Christian Benteke 2 ½ star – 4 star

    Depending on whether you employ Agbonlahor as a winger, there is good strength and depth here. Bent is a proven finisher and can play with support or without. Use Ireland off the striker in an AM role or Benteke. Bowery can be loaned out then sold season after as he is not good enough. Wiemann and Benteke are both fantastic back up players with great potential. Utilise throughout the season.


    Summary

    Villa seem to have an abundance of quantity over quality. There are a number of players that are surplus to requirements and many that can be sold after a season (Westwood/Bowery/Given) and some that can be sold in January (Dunne Warnock) so they are not released on a free. Players such as Westwood can be used late on to shore up the midfield and Benteke to add pace and guile against a tiring defence.



    Tactics

    4-5-1 is this users favoured tactic (Counter) with El Ahamadi and Delph playing deep lying CM roles (Ball winning midfielder /// Deep lying Playmaker) and Ireland as AM (Attacking). Agbonlahor and N’Zogbia can be employed as AM R/L (Inside forward /// Winger). Use quck passing down the wings, and plenty of through balls for bent. Set El Ahamadi as playmaker and sit the defence fairly deep as they are not blessed with pace. Let Ireland shoot frequently and put through balls for Bent. Play through the wings and you should get 4 attacking players with pace and guile to finish off many teams.
    Last edited by DavidGinola; 05/11/2012 at 06:42 PM.
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  2. First ever attempt at this. Hope its all ok. Feedback would be appreciated :]

  3. i have tried this and struggled, you can sell bent for 16.5m at the start to chelsea/tottenham.

    i sold dunne for 2m
    warnock for 2m
    given 500k

    i only sold them to free up the wage bill and aging players.

    i think this has a difficulty rating of 9/10 i got sacked in november. they finished 20th after hiring keegan who bought awfully in january.

    i think villa need to go down on Fm just to get rid of the average players who want to player in the Prem.

    N'zogbia and Albrighton offer nothing.

    i find holman a better supporting wide player.

    benteke/agbon seem a decent enough pairing if you do sell bent.

  4. It is a big ask. The lack of any budget makes it a tough start. Selling Bent seems hit and miss. I've managed to sell him before for 15mil. But in the save I started today he wouldnt even go for 12 mil. Same with Warnock, hit and miss whether anyone buys him. If you get lucky and get rid then theres obviously a lot more quality to be brought in. I've found N'Zog to be fairly effective.

  5. I support Villa myself but I never manage them in FM until a few seasons into the game...

    I did start a game with them during the Beta just to get use to it... As a fan I also dont keep guys I dont like so the likes of Warnock and Bannan were out the door as soon as I arrived...
    You have a number of options and its generally based on how you wana play Iv had experience with a 442 narrow diamond so I played that worked out alright....
    IRL Villa really need a creative wide player and same for CM... The problem is we have lots of supports players who are all rounders rather than good at one particular thing...

  6. I started a villa save and am now 3 seasons into this bad boy!! ive surprised myself with actually doing a pretty decent job with this team.

    1st season was a struggle with both form and trying to find a decent tactic, finished 12th but only after picking 9 points from the last 3 games which basically saved me from the drop it was that tight. Also signing Alan Dzageov on a free around xmas helped!!

    2nd season i was amazingly given a 25m budget which i adjusted some for my wage budget which let me bring in a whole load of top players on including Jelle Vossen, Neil Eardley, Bram Nuytinck, Vladimir Weiss. Bought Steven Fletcher from Sunderland for 8m and also brought in Michael Essien and Javi Garcia on season loans. After a typical slow start 10 points from 9 games and on the verge of the dole queue i pulled it round finishing a lofty 6th missing out on europe due to teams below winning the League and FA cups.


    3rd Season again decent budget of around 10-15m helped me to bring in Jonathan Dos Santos and Daniel Agger whilst getting Garcia and Victor Moses on loan. Im half way through this season and again started really slow but have again gained momentum and im currently in 10th with 15 games left.

    i play a deep 4-2-3-1 with 2 holding midfielders, both wide men are inside forwards and my forward plays a nice little poacher role (perfect for bent, who i try to get rid of every season but stays and bangs in 15-20 a season)

    i love this save but.......with the squad i have i dont know why it takes 20 games to get going. Ohhhhhhhh and my cup runs are terrible!! Harrogate railway have a better chance of winning the FA cup than i do.

    If you fancy a decent Premiership Challange you gotta give Aston Villa the sleeping giant ago
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  7. An Angel's Approach to Managing the Devils: A Manchester United Guide

    looks good so far mate try and add a bit of colour, pictures to make it more appealing and not a wall of text

    attached is my annual Man Utd guide that I write.. you are more than welcome to use the layout or anything from it..

  8. i tried to snare javi garcia, with the new addition of commenting on players, it wound up mancini but he loved my praise i think i said how he was wasted on the bench... trouble is i got sacked in late october and javi was unhappy and wanted first team football. i think my main failure was the weak midfield and poor tactics.

  9. i struggled with the tactics for ages with Villa!! 2 strong holding midfielders like Garcia and Essien worked wonders for me. Restrict there freedom and get them to stick to position and you have the base of a decent formations for a team like Villa making them hard to beat is the key........but saying that ive been to Arsenal 3 or 4 times and conceded 4 or 5 everytime so its not flawless haha

  10. Quote Originally Posted by bigmax2011 View Post
    I started a villa save and am now 3 seasons into this bad boy!! ive surprised myself with actually doing a pretty decent job with this team.

    1st season was a struggle with both form and trying to find a decent tactic, finished 12th but only after picking 9 points from the last 3 games which basically saved me from the drop it was that tight. Also signing Alan Dzageov on a free around xmas helped!!

    2nd season i was amazingly given a 25m budget which i adjusted some for my wage budget which let me bring in a whole load of top players on including Jelle Vossen, Neil Eardley, Bram Nuytinck, Vladimir Weiss. Bought Steven Fletcher from Sunderland for 8m and also brought in Michael Essien and Javi Garcia on season loans. After a typical slow start 10 points from 9 games and on the verge of the dole queue i pulled it round finishing a lofty 6th missing out on europe due to teams below winning the League and FA cups.


    3rd Season again decent budget of around 10-15m helped me to bring in Jonathan Dos Santos and Daniel Agger whilst getting Garcia and Victor Moses on loan. Im half way through this season and again started really slow but have again gained momentum and im currently in 10th with 15 games left.

    i play a deep 4-2-3-1 with 2 holding midfielders, both wide men are inside forwards and my forward plays a nice little poacher role (perfect for bent, who i try to get rid of every season but stays and bangs in 15-20 a season)

    i love this save but.......with the squad i have i dont know why it takes 20 games to get going. Ohhhhhhhh and my cup runs are terrible!! Harrogate railway have a better chance of winning the FA cup than i do.

    If you fancy a decent Premiership Challange you gotta give Aston Villa the sleeping giant ago

    Sounds like a good idea, I think playing with 2 DM's as Villa is crucial, I am a Villa fan and have started a game with them and I'm really struggling in the 1st season with tactics etc, tried lots of different things but I might start again and learn from my mistakes! Would you be able to post some screen shots of your formation and more importantly team instructions and some player instructions? I would like to see how you have set your 2 DM's and your AMC. Thanks
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  11. yeah will do mate, will post some tonight for you see if can help you out and make the mighty Villa great again!!

  12. Nice one, looking forward to it!

  13. Currently Villa at mo. Had a rubbish pre season (442) with no transfer activity. Just couldn't offload any 1. Managed to get John Carew in on a free and loan mancienne fortunately with no fee. Lost 1st few games but had to persevere and paying off now. Some how 4th in league! 4312 bent 39/ 27 and benteke (hold up ball) 34 / 14 banging in the goals! But also conceding loads? Clark and delph on the left have been immense. Just at jan transfer window. Finally got sum money in but had to sacrifice gabby and nzog, both to spurs. Will update you how 2nd half of season goes

  14. does anyone have a saved tactic with 2 holding dms? i havent found a decent tactic that i like.

  15. how do you upload pics?? ive gone into FM and saved via the print screen option and saved them in 2013 file option but cant upload them here

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Robert Clough View Post
    does anyone have a saved tactic with 2 holding dms? i havent found a decent tactic that i like.

    Try Raikan's Might and Magic tactic, the latest version is two DM's one of which is a DLP but defensively minded. Also try Yurt's Plan C tactic that also has 2 DM's, that one is very defensive though and is set to contain.

    You can find them both in the tactics section.
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by bigmax2011 View Post
    how do you upload pics?? ive gone into FM and saved via the print screen option and saved them in 2013 file option but cant upload them here

    Not sure, personal message one of the moderators like The Better Half or Raikan or start a new thread in the discussion section, someone will know.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by bigmax2011 View Post
    how do you upload pics?? ive gone into FM and saved via the print screen option and saved them in 2013 file option but cant upload them here
    The "how to take a screenshot" guide

    DavidGinola, I have linked this to the Fm13 Team Guide thread:

    Fm13 Team Guides: Complete List

    if you make anymore, send me the link in a PM

  19. sold bent for £16.25m and brought in Ba for £7m, best piece of business i have done, ba is scoring and when called upon Benteke gives and extra burst in the last 30 minutes
    Last edited by aaronpayne1888; 08/11/2012 at 04:09 PM. Reason: put £7 instead of £7m

  20. also i am aston villa but do not know anyone else who fits the bill on the right wing for cheap, i have £9m left but dont know who fits the bill

  21. First thing to do when taken over Villa is to sign Rroyston Drenthe on a free, also Del Horno, Hargreaves and VandenBorre to add abit of depth. Sell Bent and buy Wellington Nem for 3.5 million. Attempt to sign Dzagoev on a pre contract and you'll get him in January. I find that you can get Javi Garcia on loan from City also if you pay the right monthly fee. With your Bent fee and signing Wellington you've probably around 10/11 leftover to spend on 1 or 2 more players, preferrably another striker and a decent defender.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by aaronpayne1888 View Post
    also i am aston villa but do not know anyone else who fits the bill on the right wing for cheap, i have £9m left but dont know who fits the bill
    well for the 1st season i stuck with Gabby on the right and managed to get Vladmir Weiss on a free in the summer. you might be able to get him cheap if you wanted to bid for him always puts in a shift for me. With 9m though you should be able to buy a decent winger. Jordan Henderson always seems to do well on the game for some reason try nab him on a loan deal.

  23. i have attached the tatcics im using at the moment
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by bigmax2011 View Post
    i have attached the tatcics im using at the moment
    Nice one for that you have given me a few ideas, will let you know if there is anything to write home about!

  25. nice one mate, might need a few tweaks here and there but there a good base!!

  26. Just finished my 3rd season with the Villa finished a lowly 14th but managed to win the FA Cup which i think kept me from getting the chop to fair!! Started to prepare for my assault on the Europa League when old Whiskey Nose (Sir Alex) retires from United to which i have been headhunted and offered the job......was just to good to turn down really and the 89 million budget was a nice bonus too. Feel like ive betrayed my beloved Villa especially after the result on saturday haha.

  27. Quote Originally Posted by bigmax2011 View Post
    Just finished my 3rd season with the Villa finished a lowly 14th but managed to win the FA Cup which i think kept me from getting the chop to fair!! Started to prepare for my assault on the Europa League when old Whiskey Nose (Sir Alex) retires from United to which i have been headhunted and offered the job......was just to good to turn down really and the 89 million budget was a nice bonus too. Feel like ive betrayed my beloved Villa especially after the result on saturday haha.

    Max how could you?

    Just finished 1st season in 14th, poor season but wasted half of it trying to find the right tactic to fit. Going with a 4-4-1-1 for next season, bought Dzagoev, Abidal and Quaresma in on frees so hoping for a much improved season, plus I hear you get decent cash to start the season off with as well. Finding that Benteke scores so many headed goals so focussing on having fast wingers and getting them to pump balls into the box with shouts like exploit flanks, play wider, pump ball into box and float the crosses.

    Will let you know how I get on in 2nd season with screen shots.

  28. im currently playing as villa and im half way through my first season, im currently 8th in the league, i got Anderson from United on loan, bought glenn whelan, got Drenthe for free and Rob Hulse on loan as a sub target man, i play an attacking 4-4-2 and im doing well, got whelan and anderson in the centre of midfield with bent and benteke upfront, i sold Ireland for 5 mill, given for 250k, which freed up a lot of wages which allowed me to agree a pre contract with, David Ospina, Salvatore Bochetti, Emiliano Viviano, Joan Oriol and Vladimir Weiss, hoping to sell Guzan, Warnock, Dunne, Holman, Westwood, El Ahmadi to free up lots of wages and give me some spare cash, you can easily build a good young squad for Villa, first save on this FM ive actually enjoyed

  29. im playing a new game with villa, i am using the goals galore tactic.

    sold bent for 17.75m to chelsea.

    bought whittaker LB from rangers for 2.4m
    signed
    Vassell
    Reo-Coker
    Gordon
    and signed up Gauld (youngster from dundee?)

    also loaned a lb/rb from tottenham which i cannot remember his name.

    so far having a crap season. i changed the ST from AF to Poacher hoping to use agbonlahor as the main striker and Benteke as an impact player.

    i dont really know who to chop at the moment.

    i was thinking another winger due to N'Zogbia being lazy or 'uninterested' as the teamtalk feedback constanstly tells me. probably much like real life.

    Holman has found some form the same with Vlaar. i cant help but think the weakness is RB with Lowton and Hutton both being only rated 2.5 stars at the moment. i think lowton will develop and hutton is a waste of wage. i thwarted tottenhams drive up the league with a 4 - 2 away victory but lose to wigan 2 - 1 at home.

    i know the game thinks players have to mold together but is this what is causing me poor performances as i buy 4 -5 players and the new transfers from (real life) the transfer window that would have been lamberts first players in. does this cause the lack of consitancy ive aimed at uk based players so i dont have a worry of language barrier but cant win 2 on the bounce at the moment.

    any ideas?

  30. I just finished my first season with Villa, i wasnt very impressed but it sounds like no one has a great first season with them. I finished 15th, got to the final and lost in the league cup and got to the semi finals of the FA cup.

    the main formation i kept using was 4-2-4 and i rotated my squad alot due to injuries or just poor form, my main line ups were:

    GK: Guzan
    DR: Lichaj
    DC: Clarke & Vlaar
    DL: Stephens
    MC (DLP & BWM) Delph & Gardener
    AMR: Agbonlahor
    AML: Nzongbia
    STR (DLF & AF) Benteke & Bent

    I used counter, pressing more and shorter passing.

    I'm about to start season 2 and i've bought Tom Ince (6 mil) and Chamack (sp?) (2.1 mil) as most of the games i lost to lower quality teams was only due to my inability to convert chances.

  31. I'm in season 5 with Villa now. Positions in the first 4 seasons went 9th, 4th, 5th (having been distracted by an epic Champions League run and struggling in the league with a small ish squad) and then 1st.

    First season I played a 4-2-3-1 (2 midfielders playing as DLPs), one AMC, AMR, AML and Bent playing as a poacher up front. With Ireland playing AMC, Bent as a poacher and the wingers being rotated I managed some good results, I picked up Dzagoev as well and he has been brilliant.

    Perhaps my biggest piece of good fortune was having an amazing first youth intake with three who became wonder kids! The first season was really tough, but Villa have some great young players who have really developed. For example, in season 5 I now have Josh Webb, Jack Grealish and Ciaran Clark as important first team players. Added to that my great youth intake from season one and I've got half a team of academy graduates in my first team. I spent some time developing Baker and he still players a bit part role, as does Lowton and Weimann. Jordan Graham would more than likely be a first team regular as well, but he got a broken leg and lost 7 months which ruined his development completely.

    Definitely a challenging first season but it's been really good fun!

  32. Start of 2nd season team and tactics

    Here is belated update...Finished 6th in the end. Very pleased. Managed to offload some rags, hutton etc and this is what I have to play with 2nd season
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  33. Wilfried Zaha. Did wonders on the right wing for me with Man City.

  34. Has anyone tried a formation with 3 CB's yet? I've been playing around and it seems ok tbh. I'm thinking of doing something like this:

    GK: Brad Guzan

    RCB(d): Ron Vlaar
    LD(c): Jores Okore (£1.3m)/Grant Hanley(£2.5m + Fabian Delph)
    LCB(d): Ciaran Clark

    LWB: Juan Sanchez Mino (£2.5m)
    RWB: Matthew Lowton

    MCL: Barry Bannan
    BWM(D): Victor Wanyama (£6.25m)/Sebastian Rode (£10m)
    MCR: Stephen Ireland

    TM: Christian Benteke/Marouame Chamakh (Loan)
    PCH: Andreas Weimann/Gabriel Agbonlahor

    With only a few players being brought into the starting 11 it shouldn't impact my squad harmony too much, and my changes can be afforded by the sales of Bent(£20m) & N'Zogbia(£7m) and wage budget freed up with the sale of Given (£300k), Hutton (Loan), Delph (£1.5m) and maybe Warnock (£1.5m) it means I should be able to pick up a few young back up players and loans for some experience while keeping an eye on players who will be out of contract at the start of the second season (Destro, Sanogo, Ospina etc.)

  35. After reading through most of this I might give the Villains a try out. I'd suggest to you guys that Jores Okore and Simon Kjaer are two decent centre backs and will cost around 4.3 million between them. Wellington Nem is a must and I'd look to bring in some young english championship players like Willie Hughes and Mason Bennett from Derby and Wilifred Zaha from Palace or even Nathom Redmond.

    Again this is all dependant on whether you can offload Bent and probably N'Zogbia in my eyes.

    The Asier del Horno shout above was good and Drenthe would be a better option than N'Zogbia

    Also has anyone tried to bring in Craig Gordon on a free transfer, he'd probs be a better option than Given and Guzan.

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    Just a point to note for those who haven't played as Villa before, make sure you ask the board to increase percentage of transfer revenue available up from 75%.

  37. As I support them I decided to manage Villa and this time I have become more successful than I am with them. I play a counter attacking 442, always passing through the flanks and early crosses for the fast forwards to easily reach. After January i'm currently 5th, hope I stay somewhere there

  38. Just starting my 3rd season with my beloved AVFC!

    I started off wanting to keep as many of the current crop as possible, unfortunately they didnt develop as I wanted, so Ive ended up offloading most of them.

    Current squad...

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    Finished 6th first season, then 4th last, I lost the Europa Cup Final to Galatasaray last season and Stuttgart knocked me out of the Champions League qualifiers.

  39. Quote Originally Posted by wazzawarren View Post
    Max how could you?

    Just finished 1st season in 14th, poor season but wasted half of it trying to find the right tactic to fit. Going with a 4-4-1-1 for next season, bought Dzagoev, Abidal and Quaresma in on frees so hoping for a much improved season, plus I hear you get decent cash to start the season off with as well. Finding that Benteke scores so many headed goals so focussing on having fast wingers and getting them to pump balls into the box with shouts like exploit flanks, play wider, pump ball into box and float the crosses.

    Will let you know how I get on in 2nd season with screen shots.
    Isn't that what pre season is for?

  40. If you have $0 for your budget can't you still buy players with installments?

  41. After the new update I always sell Bent, Ireland, Dunne and Given. QPR nearly buy them all.

    Benteke upfront of a 4-3-3.

    Albrighton and NZogbia are good wide and provide assists for Benteke as Target man Attack

    Westwood, Delph and Sylla in midfield.

    Play Counter v bigger teams, attack v Relegation rivals.

  42. Here's my guide to Villa

    The Aston Villa Paul Lambert challenge.

    As a massive Villa fan (& know it all) here's my take on how to manage Villa on FM.

    Firstly, make sure the challenge is correctly setup.

    I've set Villas repuation lower, so they expect to be in a relegation battle.

    Also, pre-season budget needs to be set at about £5m transfer kitty and about -£50k a week wage budget.

    What I do firstly is sell the following players (Here's who they usually go to).

    Shay Given £100k Fulham
    Stephen Ireland £1m QPR or Crystle Palace (with £30k a week contributed by Villa for a the last year of his Villa contract).
    Richard Dunne £500k Wigan.
    Darren Bent £10m QPR or Chelsea.

    Straight away that's given you some transfer cash and the wage bill is way better off.


    Then I sign Rob Elliot from Newcastle for ~£230k as a good backup keeper. Craig Gordon is another good backup, but you'll have to sack off a coach, as he wants a part time coaching role and the club is already maxed out on 6.

    I then try and keep the Lambert method by signing younger, hungry players that will have a decent PA by the time they've settled in and found form.

    I usually sign Nathan Redmond from Birmingham City or Matt Phillips from Blackpool to play wide right.

    I play a 4-1-2-2-1 (or 4-5-1/4-3-3) as it's known in the real world.

    Guzan

    Lowton Vlaar Clark Bennett
    Sylla
    Westwood Gardner
    Agbonlahor ......................... NZogbia
    Benteke

    Some of you will look at that line up and say Who?

    Here's the basics of what I do with my tactics and players.

    Guzan - Standard Keeper Defend
    Lowton - Wing Back (Automatic) - Cross mixed, aim for target man.
    Vlaar - Limited Defender (Defend) - Press all over pitch and keep passing mixed
    Clark - Ball Playing Defender (Defend) - Passing short and press own area. Let Vlaar go to the ball
    Bennett - Wing Back (Automatic) - Cross mixed, aim for target man.
    Sylla - Defensive Midfielder (Defend) - Very limited player. Press, win the ball and give it.
    Westwood - Deep Lying Playmaker (Defend) - Shorter passing, hold up ball.
    Gardner - Centre Midfield (Attack) - Long shots, through balls.
    NZogbia - Winger (Support) - Cross from mixed to target man. Hug touchline. Run with ball.
    Agbonlahor - Winger (Support) - Cross from mixed to target man. Move into channels. Run with ball.
    Benteke - Target Man (Attack) - Hold up ball, long shots.

    I don't tinker with the team tactics too much. I play slightly higher up, wide and counter attack (yes).

    I switch between 2 approaches. Attack and Counter, depending on the opposition.

    Playmaker - Gardner
    Target Man - Benteke
    Style - Mixed

    Villa have some useful squad players on the bench that can cover an array of positions.

    Weimann
    KEA
    Holman
    Herd
    Baker
    Lichaj
    Bannan
    Delph

    Even with the avoid relegation season expectations, you can easily get a top 10 finish with Villa and expect a bigger job offer mid way through season 2.Season 2 I was 2nd after 20 games and got Man Utd job offer.

    That's a very simple guide, but that's how I set my stall out and I've always done pretty well.

  43. If you load a game since the recent update you start 100k over wage budget with £0 transfer budget. I don't think giving them £5m and 50k wages is much of a challenge to be honest. I've just finished my 1st season on the update with villa and finished in 8th and qualified for euro cup. I switch between a narrow 4-1-2-1-2 (playing direct into benteke) and I also use an attacking 4-4-2 against similar/lower rep teams.

    on the new update it is also impossible to sell dunne (injured), Ireland (wages) and given (wages) which makes it even harder!

  44. I have no issues selling Given. Fulham always buy him. Dunne usually shifts in January

  45. Just though id post some screens of my second season. Couldn't quite believe it what i was witnessing in the second half of the campaign and also won the FA Cup!

    Aston Villa Guide-aston-villa_-history-best-eleven.pngAston Villa Guide-english-premier-division_-overview-stages-4.png

  46. Quote Originally Posted by Robert Clough View Post
    i have tried this and struggled, you can sell bent for 16.5m at the start to chelsea/tottenham.

    i sold dunne for 2m
    warnock for 2m
    given 500k

    i only sold them to free up the wage bill and aging players.

    i think this has a difficulty rating of 9/10 i got sacked in november. they finished 20th after hiring keegan who bought awfully in january.

    i think villa need to go down on Fm just to get rid of the average players who want to player in the Prem.

    N'zogbia and Albrighton offer nothing.

    i find holman a better supporting wide player.

    benteke/agbon seem a decent enough pairing if you do sell bent.
    It must be your tactic, i'm doing fine with some emergency bring-ins.

  47. Just did a season with Aston Villa, and holy shiiit how insane it was. The results completely blew my mind. I use the LFCMarshall update.

    This is my tranfers:

    Aston Villa Guide-tranferss.png


    Also note that I bought Pedro Obiang in the January window and sold Kozak in the January window too.

    Neil Maupay and Tony Watt are must-buys imo, they are incredibly skilled and net a lot. Also everyone should buy Strandberg, immense defender, cheap and very good. Will Hughes is also a very talented player, but I assume most people here are aware of him. Drage, Forrest and Kadrii are future prospects, although I've never bought Forrest before.

    I sold Gabby because he isn't that good really, and after I signed Watt and Maupay there were too many strikers. Got a good price for him. Loaned some youngsters because they wouldn't get too much play time, and hopefully they will develop and reunite with the team as better players.

    Also got rid of some staff members and bought new ones.

    Formation:

    Aston Villa Guide-team.png

    The seaon has just been finished and the players are on vacation, hence the crappy form. This is btw not my most used line-up, some players were injured etc. But the most vital players were Vlaar, Strandberg, Obiang, Westwood, Weimann, Benteke, Maupay and Watt. I trained Weimann to become a right winger, he was quite impressive.

    And lets jump to the results.

    Premier League:

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    The FA cup

    Aston Villa Guide-fa-cup.png

    Amazing game. Teared them apart.

    In the Carling Cup, I reached the semis. Lost undeservedly against Arsenal, I was so close to go the final.

    All in all an amazing season, if you have any questions just ask.
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    Last edited by sanderegeland; 27/09/2013 at 03:47 PM.

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