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Match pack: Aston Villa v Swansea City

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Match pack: Aston Villa v Swansea City

Game details

Game: Aston Villa v Swansea City
Date: Saturday 20th October 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 3pm

At a glance

Dean Smith will take charge of his first match as Aston Villa Head Coach when we welcome Swansea City to Villa Park on Saturday.

A new era that also sees Richard O'Kelly and John Terry as assistants to Smith will get under way in front of a sold-out crowd of almost 42,000 spectators.

And after just three wins from our opening 12 matches, we'll look to truly kick-start our campaign in the first of three games in six days.

In what is set to be a memorable occasion, Smith can expect a raucous greeting when introduced to the crowd pre-match, while there will also be a minute's applause for our former Chairman Sir Doug Ellis, who passed away last week. 


Team news

We could see several changes to both the starting XI and the matchday 18 for Smith's first game at the helm.

Our new Head Coach has had a handful of sessions with his players this week, but several have also been away on international duty.

James Chester is expected to return after a one-match suspension, as captain, while Yannick Bolasie will be in contention for a first Aston Villa start.

Notable selections will include the goalkeeper, with Ørjan Nyland and Mark Bunn having started between the sticks in our last two outings, and Scott Hogan's involvement will be of interest given his prolific goalscoring history when playing under Smith previously.


Ways to watch

Video coverage of Dean Smith's first match in charge of Aston Villa will be available to ALL AVTV Live international subscribers this weekend.

As the game isn't being screened by any UK or external broadcasters, we have full rights to show video coverage for our clash with the Swansea internationally.

AVTV Live International Plus subscriptions – available in the below countries – allow video streaming of all 46 of our Sky Bet Championship games this season.

AVTV International countries 1819

Audio coverage is available to everyone as normal, including in the UK, Ireland and Channel Isles.

Click here for a full breakdown of the new AVTV Live packages.

Extended highlights will be available on our Official YouTube channel from 12pm on Sunday 21st October.


The Boss

Dean Smith

"I'm really looking forward to it. I'm still unbeaten as Head Coach at Villa Park, so long may that continue!

"The changes here in the last few weeks seem to have captured the imagination of the supporters, which is good to see.

"It'll be a big day with a lot of supporters inside as we also remember Sir Doug Ellis before kick-off.

"One thing we can't forget is that Swansea City are doing well. They're a tough team and play good football with Graham Potter in charge.

"My introduction to the crowd will be the emotional bit for me. Then I'll get my game head on and ensure the players are right to go and win the game."



We are completely SOLD-OUT for the Swansea City game.

The only way to now be here and watch the game is in our hospitality suites, where we're running a great offer.

Simply purchase hospitality in the Eighty Two Restaurant or Directors' Club before 3pm on Friday and you can get 50% off the same package for the visit of Bolton Wanderers on Friday 2nd November.


You can see all the perks that come with each package below.

Click here to enquire or call 0333 323 1982 (option 1) to book your place today.

Click here to view our hospitality facilities and package details.

Directors’ Club 

  • Suite access 3 hours before and 1.5 hours after the match
  • Champagne reception
  • Private reserved table
  • 5-course choice menu
  • Complimentary bar (excluding champagne)
  • Former player Q & A with MC
  • Centrally located, luxurious executive seating
  • Half-time Chef’s selection with tea and coffee
  • Matchday programme
  • Reserved parking (one parking space when booking four or more hospitality places)

Eighty Two Restaurant 

  • Suite access 3 hours before and 1.5 hours after the match
  • Welcome and half-time drink (beer, wine or soft drink)
  • Private reserved table
  • 4-course served choice menu
  • Former player Q & A with MC
  • Centrally-located padded executive seating
  • Half-time Chef’s selection with tea and coffee
  • Matchday programme
  • Reserved parking (one parking space when booking four or more hospitality places) 

Spaces are filling up quickly so don’t hesitate to get in touch today. All sales for hospitality at the Swansea City game will close off at 3pm this Friday.


Dan Connor
By @danconnor 19th October 2018