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FPL 2022/23 team reviews: Aston Villa

Our team-by-team Fantasy Premier League (FPL) review of the 2022/23 season continues with Aston Villa.

In this series, we take an in-depth look at each top-flight side’s campaign, analysing them from an attacking and defensive perspective, whilst also identifying their biggest goal threats and key creators.

We’ll return to do a preview of each club closer to the big 2023/24 kick-off, factoring in new transfers, pre-season results and fans’ expectations.

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ASTON VILLA IN 2022/23: ATTACK

TotalRank v other clubs
Goals scored5110th=
Shots43111th
Shots in the box27814th
Shots on target14810th=
Big chances7011th
Expected goals (xG)49.5111th
Non-penalty expected goals (NPxG)46.3512th

Aston Villa posted mid-table numbers in all of the above attacking metrics in 2022/23, a slightly underwhelming return given their 7th-place finish.

However, it’s important to isolate Unai Emery’s time in charge, given his impact.

At the time of Steven Gerrard’s departure in October, Villa had won just two of their first 11 games and were outside the relegation zone only on goal difference, but the Spaniard’s appointment proved to be a masterstroke by the club’s decision-makers, as he guided the same group of players to Europa Conference League qualification.

A flurry of victories in 2023 propelled Villa up the table, as they scored 40 goals (1.6 per match) under Emery. They also hit the woodwork from shots nine times during that period.

Still, that upturn in form wasn’t necessarily reflected in their underlying attacking numbers. For example, they ranked as low as 16th for shots in the box from Gameweek 15 onwards, Emery’s first match in charge.

They were, however, much more efficient in the final third, outperforming their expected goals (xG) by 6.28.

Above: Aston Villa ranked 10th for minutes per expected goal (xG) under Unai Emery (Gameweek 15 onwards)

ASTON VILLA IN 2022/23: DEFENCE

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  1. FPL Blow-In
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Villa and Emery could do with a few signings

  2. Our Tiny Windows
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    So Ollie Watkins the only player worth a space?

    1. Our Tiny Windows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      And Moreno

      1. FPL Blow-In
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Martinez and Tielmans could become options too I guess

      2. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        I like some of the mids. Villa on the up, up, up!

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 14 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah, they’re the only two - plus maybe Ramsey if he’s cheap - I’d consider right now.

      I expect four/five more will come in though, in addition to Tielemans, so that could change.

    3. Lovren an elevator
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      What about Cash, now he's back fit?

  3. Sheffield Wednesday
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    How difficult an opponent is Villa this season, when you face them in home and away matches?

    1. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      On a scale of one to five where one is easy (LUT), three is neutral and five most difficult (mci)

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Judging by their stats, they come in mid-table on practically everything. So I think 3 is a fair answer here

  4. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Konsa is so underrated. Very much going under the radar.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      I like Mings the Merciless but his price will no doubt rise.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Look! Water is leaking from her eyes.

        It's what they call tears, it's a sign of their weakness.

    2. Lovren an elevator
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Beware of Diego Carlos though

  5. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    I think Big Ange will claim the tourney this year.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      The Mob Wife?

    2. Hubert
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Big call! Hope he does well, but can't see them winning it.

  6. DagheMunegu
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Mbappé to Madrid then

  7. Piggs Boson
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Interesting that Emery didn't actually improve their underlying attacking data, only their efficiency. I don't even know how to process that. It conflicts with my personal opinion that Emery is a far superior manager to Gerrard.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Stars don't care about your feelings

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Stats even

      2. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        It was in the stars.(smile)

    2. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      The players make the difference; not so much the manager. Attacking stats maybe. Defensive stats? Something improved in the way he utilized his assets.

  8. Eze Really?
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Can someone spell out what the situation with membership? FFS took money from my bank last season for membership I did not ask for. This might be my ignorance for not reading the small print. However, I see I am not a member anymore so I need to know what has changed and what is on offer in simple language. I also do not want to sign on and find out later I am double deducted. There could be different levels of membership I am not familiar with and I may have no need for.
    Please assist.

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I was charged automatically earlier this month

    2. Christina.
      • 14 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      There was an "auto renew" in the small print that no one really bothered pointing out....caught me out as well. I have switched it off this season as I'm not playing.

      Hoping for the best...

      1. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers for the heads up Christina

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 14 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      If you click on the ‘sign up for free’ icon on the homepage, it should explain all the different the tiers, which was updated recently. Any probs let us know.

      1. Christina.
        • 14 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Hey, hope you are well.

        Where can I check if I wont be charged this season? My profile says my membership expires 30 Aug 2023.

        1. Sam FPLFamily
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Hi Christina. I will have a look for you now

        2. Sam FPLFamily
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Have checked, it has been cancelled so once your membership term ends it will no renew unless you decide to sign up again. I hope that helps. Any issues come back to me. Sam

          1. Eze Really?
            • 10 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            Thank you for your insight. It may not be apparent to everyone but it seems difficulties are created by poor communication. It should be the most user friendly part of the site yet it is not.

          2. Christina.
            • 14 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            cool, received email

          3. Deulofail
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            They said that last year, but it still took payment (for many people), and vice versa (for me).

            Now FFS support is telling me I had a free trial last year, when in fact I was already a premium member, and at the time they said it would auto-renew (which it didn't). Perhaps the free trial thing was interfering with auto-renew. In any case, I had to pay again for membership on the 11th August, but FFS support is telling me that my membership started on 8th, even though that's when my access actually stopped.

            It was all a mess, and they should give a lot of good faith to the paying customers after screwing it up so much, instead of scrimping over 3 days' access. Though I'm willing to bet there is nothing in place to extend somebody's access for less than a year. Maybe a free trial is the least they can do; it shouldn't be a fight to get access for the period I paid for.

      2. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        When is it supposed to expire? I only have an interest in articles and the weekly members' pod.
        Point me in the right direction to limit what I need.

      3. Uncle Baby Billy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I have no 'sign up for free' icon showing anywhere (I'm on a laptop, using Safari). I also can't access any account details via my profile. You seem like a decent lad, and a highly talented columnist, but the site is a shambles... an utter, utter shambles.

        Please take this as notification that I do *not* wish to renew *any* membership plan and please ask the powers that be to instruct me on what steps I should take to ensure it doesn't happen, seeing as said information is either unavailable or ridiculously difficult to access within the site itself.

        I've been here under various guises for 8 or 9 years but the site owners are taking the p*ss now, big time.

        1. Eze Really?
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Short term gain vs long term bankruptcy

        2. Deulofail
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          If you go to the homepage, the profile button should work. You can then click "edit profile" and scroll down. Then see my comment below about expiry/cancelling. You can also email support@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk to ask them to cancel it, although I honestly don't have faith that they know for sure, based on previous communications and results.

          If the profile button doesn't work, try https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/profiles/uncle-baby-billy#/edit/profile-information

    4. Arn De Gothia
      • 13 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I had to uncheck “automatic renewal “ or something like that to get rid of it

      1. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        What seems wrong is it would be more transparent if you had to check the box for automatic renewal rather than the other way round.

      2. Deulofail
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Unless anything's changed since release, there's a cancel membership button along with an expiry date (which is actually the renewal date). If you cancel membership, the button will disappear and you'll be left with the expiry date. That's the idea, but it was never consistent for some reason, and previously, the button would remain even after cancelling, so you would have to press the cancel button to get the message that there's nothing to cancel, and that was the only way to know if you cancelled, except it wasn't consistent with what FFS were seeing on their side or what actually happened on 'expiry' day.

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Turns out my membership expired yesterday, and I don't see any button to renew, cancel or anything.

          1. Deulofail
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            Right you'd have to start a new membership, but they will likely let you have the old subscription rate if you email them. They did last year, although maybe it was only because they messed it up so much.

            1. Andy_Social
              • 11 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              I'm waiting to see. If it's the old rate, I'll pay. If it's any more than that, I'm out.

  9. Thug
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    FPL is updating for new Season 🙂

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Not for me they haven't even taken last season down yet and there is normally a considerable gap between that happening and the next seasons game going live.

      1. Sure You Did
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Log out and try log back in. You are using a cached link. FPL is updating for everyone.

  10. mad_beer ✅
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    We need to talk about that scrolling ticker from the 90s.

  11. Shark Team
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Imo City are going for Rice first of all because they don’t want him at Arsenal, their title rivals

    1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      It's an intriguing one, almost a three-way game of chicken - West Ham will have to take an offer at some stage, Arsenal want/need the player but don't have megabucks and have had success in going for backup targets if the price is exorbitant, and City probably want to push the price up, don't want him to go to a rival, and also have K Phillips as a bargaining chip.

      As an Arsenal fan, I hope we stick to our guns. Offer a fair price but be prepared to walk away. And get Lavia done behind the scenes to avert a total disaster (and to show W Ham that we won't be held hostage). Rice clearly sounds like Arsenal/London is his preferred choice so I think we can play it a bit hardball with West Ham - and if City do take him then we have to ensure that they are paying an inflated price (it already is due to England tax). Gvardiol has to be their prio.

    2. Arteta
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      1. Rice wants to stay in London and join Arsenal.
      2. West Ham want as much money as possible, and it doesn't matter from whom it comes. They obviously wanted a bidding war for their best player from the beginning.
      3. Manchester City can easily offer a lot more, prevent an ideal signing for Arteta, and strengthen even further. It's not like they desperately need Gvardiol this year either, but they will probably sign him just because they can.

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        It's not clear to me why City want Rice. They'd surely have to use him in a double pivot with Rodri, which would kill off the experiment with Stones when it was going so well.

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        City aren't in the habit of signing players just because they can or to block other teams.

    3. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I think that's very unlikely. First and foremost, you need to improve yourself when you are competing with multiple teams. Your logic is perfectly sound in 1-v-1, but in football, it is only ever one factor, and a relatively small one imo.

      As an example, Arsenal may be willing to essentially bail Chelsea out by paying a large sum to take Havertz off of their hands. Both teams surely see this as mutually beneficial; they are aware that they are helping their close rivals. Just like in Monopoly, the more mutually beneficial trades you make, the more benefit you get yourself, whilst the average competitor sees less benefit.

      Another example is Man City feeding Arsenal Zinchenko and Jesus. You could say that Arsenal wasn't a competitor at that point, but they were. If City wanted to consolidate their dominance, they wouldn't bolster the teams most likely to challenge them in coming years... unless it was mutually beneficial, which it was in their eyes. Well, they did get Haaland didn't they.

  12. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    I think with City it's more the case of Gundogan gone, Silva likely to go so we need Rice and Kovacic.

    1. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      This^

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Kovacic is clearly a replacement for Gundogan, but Rice has nothing in common with Bilva. With Mahrez being inconsistent, I'd have thought they'd prioritise a big-money player for the right flank rather than Rice, unless Pep plans to have Foden tie down that spot.

        1. Eze Really?
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Point made but in addition I think Phillips is a fail too in Pep's eyes. This is probably more the point.

          1. Andy_Social
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            Sure, I don't see Philips having a future at City however much Southgate loves him, but if Rodri/Rice is the main midfield pivot, Stones will never get enough gametime to hone his specialist position. That would be a shame.