• Match pack: Villa v Fulham
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Match pack: Villa v Fulham


Match: Villa v Fulham
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
Date: Saturday February 5 - 3pm
Referee: Lee Mason 


LIVE COMMENTARY

Villa's matchday coverage has a brand spanking new look - bringing you even closer to the action.

The all-new matchday console allows supporters to access live audio commentary, live picture action galleries and our popular interactive Villa Live service throughout the game - all in the same place.

Click here to access the new matchday console.

Fans can get involved in the build-up to Villa's exciting showdown with Fulham, accessing all the pre-match content, such as the thoughts of assistant manager Gary McAllister and new signing Michael Bradley.

Then attention turns to the big kick-off, by following the action and interacting with web journalists Paul Brown, Claire Boden and Dan Harrison on Villa Live.

Jack Woodward will be on air shortly before kick-off with live audio commentary for AVTV subscribers.

And, when the final whistle blows, the match console will be the first port of call for the best post-match reaction.

Please note, comments on the Villa Live service will be monitored and checked before publication.

If you want to see them appear make sure you keep them clean.

Also, try to keep your comments relevant to the subject - we want to maintain an interesting debate.


TICKETS

Don't miss out on the next Villa Park clash as new signing Michael Bradley looks set to make his home debut against Fulham.

Bradley put pen to paper on a loan deal until the end of the season and spelled out his determination to impose his powerful midfield game on the Barclays Premier League.

He'll hopefully get his first chance to shine when Mark Hughes's men come to town on Saturday February 5 - ko 3pm.

And with the game NOT being broadcast on TV, the only place you'll be able to see the USA ace shine is in person at Villa Park.

With Darren Bent, Jean II Makoun and Kyle Walker all in line to play too, you could get a real taste of Villa's January transfer window action when the game starts.

There's going to be a real family feel at the game - with ticket prices reflecting this too and activities kicking off at 12.30pm.

Tickets are available to buy in person from Villa Village right up until kick-off and from Trinity Road Kiosks from 11.30am so there are no excuses to miss the massive match.

Pre-paid tickets can be collected from the Holte Kiosks from that time too.

Prices

Family Deal - Four for £40 in Trinity Upper Wings and North Stand Upper - also £5 per extra child
£23 to £38 [adults]
£20 to £38 [young adults/ students/armed forces]
£18 to £38 [over 65s]
£15 to £38 [under 16s]
£35 for adult/junior combo ticket
Wheelchair ticket - available by calling the Consumer Sales Department on 0800 612 0970

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FAMILY FUN

There is plenty of family fun instore before kick-off - with a massive activities extravaganza.

Villa are hoping to "top" up your anticipation levels at the family fun day with a tremendous competition - the chance to win a home shirt.

Thirty claret and blue classics will be given out on the day - courtesy of official club partner FxPro, who are also sponsoring the exciting event.

Activity packs will be handed out to everyone entering the indoor academy, within which will be a competition entry form.

The 30 winners will be drawn out of all of the entries we receive on the day and they will receive a tremendous home top.

The activity pack will also include a mini match report sheet for the kids to fill in during the game and a scoresheet for all of the activities within the fun day.

If you would like a copy of the activity pack before you arrive then please download it - click here.

The special pre-match extravaganza at Fulham is lining up to be one of the most exciting fundays ever held.

A host of activities will be available at the family spectacular. To get into the football mood, there's plenty going on before the game from 12.30pm for everyone.

Two first team stars, not involved in the game itself, will be in attendance to meet with fans while we also have a world record attempt taking place at half-time.

Danny Brooks will attempt to smash the all-time best result for a long throw in. He will also be on hand to give some tips to youngsters.

There will also be a human table football for five-a-side games and a bungee eliminator, where two players are attached to a chord and have to try and get their marker down an inflatable track further than the other.

There will be a sticky wall for fans to bounce and flip on and a sticky dartboard too for fans to notch up a 180. As if that's enough, there's also a giant wonky wire and much, much more.


PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Villa supporters are advised to be aware of parking restrictions being enforced in areas around Villa Park on matchdays.

In particular, fans are advised to avoid parking on the Holford and HUB business parks when attending home fixtures.

If you park in these locations or in residential areas, you are likely to incur parking fines.

In order to avoid any unnecessary penalties, it is recommended that supporters stick to official car parks - click here to consult the official parking map and select 'Matchday Car Parks' to see the sites that are available on Matchday.

By clicking on each car park, you will see information is given on prices, postcodes, number of spaces and walking distance to Villa Park.

This is the best way to ascertain your best location for matchday travel and parking.


Man Utd


FORM GUIDE

Villa are looking to build another winning run after seeing a five-game unblemished sequence ended with Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Despite the loss to Sir Alex Ferguson's team, Villa still left Old Trafford with a number of positives to take from the game.

New signing Jean II Makoun performed impressively on his second start, Brad Friedel was in top form on the night when he became the club's oldest-ever player, while Darren Bent netted his second goal since joining from Sunderland.

Prior to the Red Devils defeat, Villa had earned four wins and a draw - beating Sheffield United, Manchester City, Wigan and Blackburn Rovers and drawing with Birmingham City.

Fulham head into this game full of confidence after a superb 4-0 victory over Tottenham and a 1-0 win over Newcastle.

Several new signings including forward Eidur Gudjohnsen and Gael Kakuta, on loan from Stoke and Chelsea respectively, have also boosted Mark Hughes' team.

The Cottagers have only lost one of their last six - a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool last month.


Danny Murphy


STAR MAN

A brilliant reader of the game, Danny Murphy had another impeccable campaign in Fulham's midfield in 2009-10 and was often the man that made the Whites tick with his ability to get on the ball and make things happen.

Having left Liverpool in search of first team football in 2004, the former England international spent time at Charlton Athletic and then Tottenham Hotspur.

However, after an indifferent year-and-a-half at White Hart Lane, he headed to Fulham in the summer of 2007.

Murphy's subsequent time at Craven Cottage has been eventful to say the least.

Having already cemented his name in the club's history books with a goal at Portsmouth that kept them up on the last day of the 2007-08 season, he took his own and Fulham's game further the following season, helping steer them to seventh in the league table and securing European football for only the second time in the club's 130-year history.

Last season the skipper was once again at the heart of Fulham's impressive form in the league and during their remarkable Europa League adventure.

This season Murphy has been an ever present member of Mark Hughes' starting eleven and scored twice in last Sunday's 4-0 FA Cup win over Spurs.


Mark Hughes


THE GAFFER

Mark Hughes became Fulham manager in July after accepting the challenge of replacing Roy Hodgson in the hot-seat.

The man known as Sparky had big shoes to fill after Hodgson guided the Cottagers to last season's Europa League final.

But Hughes knows all about managing in high-pressure situations.

His first managerial job came with the Welsh national side, whom he guided to the brink of Euro 2004 qualification before they were cruelly eliminated by Russia at the play-off stage.

In September 2004, he took charge of one of his former clubs, Blackburn Rovers.

As well as steering the Lancashire side to safety in the Premier League, Hughes took the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 40 years.

Finishes of sixth and tenth followed along with another Cup semi-final appearance before Manchester City came calling for Hughes.

The Welshman spent at season and a half at Eastlands before departing in December 2009, despite only losing two games at the start of the 2009-10 campaign.

Hughes enjoyed an illustrious playing career, having played up front for Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.


FULHAM INS AND OUTS 2010-11

IN: Philippe Senderons (Arsenal, undisclosed), Jonathan Greening (West Brom, free), Moussa Dembele (AZ, £5m), Rafik Halliche (Benfica, undisclosed), Carlos Salcido (PSV, £1.6m), Lauri Dalla Valle (Liverpool, part exchange), Alex Kacaniklic (Liverpool, part exchange), Steve Sidwell (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Stoke City, loan), Gael Kakuta (Chelsea, loan).

OUT: Wayne Brown (Bristol Rovers, free), Christopher Buchtmann (FC Koln, free), Chris Smalling (Manchester United, undisclosed), Erik Nevland (Viking FK, free), Andranik (released), Toni Kallio (released), Michael Uwezu (Lincoln City, free), Stefan Payne (Gillingham, free), Paul Konchesky (Liverpool, part exchange), David Elm (Elsborg, undisclosed), Eddie Johnson (Preston North End, loan).


Makoun


VITAL VILLANS

Jean II Makoun has made an excellent impression in his first two appearances since joining from Lyon.

The Cameroon midfielder played on through the pain barrier after picking up a thigh injury on his debut at Wigan.

Despite having to come off early in the second-half, there were plenty of positive signs that he will be a major asset in the central ground.

And Makoun proved it yet again in the 3-1 defeat against Manchester United, with some exemplary passing from the central midfield position.

He was a serious contender for man of the match at Old Trafford, so Villa fans will be eager to see a similar standard when Makoun makes his home debut.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Last six games at Villa Park:
[30.08.09] Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham
[29.11.08] Aston Villa 0-0 Fulham
[25.08.07] Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham
[21.10.06] Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham
[25.03.06] Aston Villa 0-0 Fulham
[23.10.04] Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham


BIG MATCH FACTS

Fulham have only won three of their 19 Barclays Premier League matches against Villa.

Villa have won six and lost none of the nine home games against Fulham in the Premier League era.

Gabby Agbonlahor has scored three goals in his last two appearances against the Cottagers.

The claret and blues have scored 497 goals at Villa Park in Premier League history.

Villa have kept only clean sheet in their last 15 top-flight encounters.

Fulham have won every other game in their last seven games - if this run continues then they will fail to win this match.

The Villans have used 31 different players this season, the joint-most along with West Ham.

35 per cent of Fulham's goals this season have been headed, the highest proportion in the Premier League.

Villa have conceded nine goals from corners this season, more than any other side.

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