Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa's Uefa Cup Hopes

Villa's Uefa Cup Hopes

Villa's Uefa Cup Hopes Need Win At Bolton

This may be grasping at straws but fuelled by the confidence of recent performances always say you never know.

The fact is that if Spurs can take 5 points from their last 3 games (they still have 3 games left starting at Charlton tomorrow, home to Blackburn on Thursday and home to Man City on Sunday) and if Reading win at Blackburn next Sunday, then they will both guarantee qualifying for the UEFA Cup - providing Villa BEAT Bolton.

From all accounts as I understand it Reading and Spurs are our only rivals at the top of the fair play league and their qualification should leave Villa top of the English fair play league of non-Euro qualifiers and into the lucky 2 out of the hat draw for a UEFA cup place.

So we need to beat Bolton - and cleanly with no nasty red cards. Some fans make think Euro qualification would come too soon for Villa - but I would take it and I guess so would the players - including the ones we might want to tempt here over the Summer.

Anyway, however remote the chance, at least it's something else to play for next Sunday alongside our battle for 10th place. It makes Villa's the most important game in the country next week - mind you it always is anyway!

Article submitted by stennyvilla

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday May 6 2007
Time: 4:26PM


How many teams go into the hat?
06/05/2007 16:42:00
0 Explains the system.
The Fear
06/05/2007 18:12:00
The top country (Sweden it seems likely) will get an automatic entry, then 2 others get picked out of the hat. This is how Man City qualified a few years back, but with Joey Barton and Michael Ball I don't think fair play and Man City are associated together anymore!
06/05/2007 18:34:00
OK so there's 10 countries going into the hat, and 2 get a place.. We have a 1 in 5 chance - if we don't have any fouls. Anybody know when the draw takes place?
06/05/2007 20:07:00
Bit desperate, getting in this way. Don't think Reading will win at Blackburn. I'd rather us concentrate on next season and have a better run in the domestic cups.
06/05/2007 20:52:00
We were promised a transfer thread last week? Interesting comments from MON & Lawro post match - the summer signings will be crucial. Unfortunately we need Europe to attract the next level of players.
06/05/2007 21:00:00
Uefa cup is crap. Not really to fussed on being in it. Just leads to more games against crap oppostion at times and more risk of burn out and injury.
07/05/2007 06:48:00
Cant quite see how/why you can describe the UEFA Cup as 'crap' iomvilla. We either want/need European competitive football or we dont, and apart from the Champions League, the UEFA Cup is all that's out there right now. The UEFA Cup gives you the opportunity to taste and learn the art of competive Euro football, and provides you with experience and grounding to hopefully take part eventually in the Champions League. To describe it as crap is an insult to some extremely quality teams who in building for a future tilt at Champions League glory find themselves in the UEFA Cup.
07/05/2007 08:56:00
Sorry point well and truly taken Glensider. I believe I was over critical of the UEFA cup. I know champions league is out of reach in the near future. I just think all them extra games can really hamper your league progress and injuries and depending on summer signings we haven't got the biggest squad. Newcastle could be an example of this or Middlesborough last season both suffered from poor league form. Europe is Europe though and before the champions league the UEFA was harder to win than the European cup due to more than 1 team from each country being entered. Perhaps the over use of "crap" above was not the best but just my ten pence worth at 6am on bank holiday with daughter screaming for her shreddies!!! Sorry guys.
07/05/2007 10:43:00
Daughter...please don't mention that word again. Makes me feel cranky and tired in one go.! lol.
07/05/2007 14:05:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Neilson Not A Willing Souttar

Heart of Midlothian boss Robbie Neilson has issued a hands off warning to Aston Villa following speculation that we are preparing an offer for defender John Souttar.

Fans Held Back This Sunday

West Midlands Police have released a statement ahead of this Sunday's derby clash against Birmingham City and confirmed that travelling Villans will be held in...

Gardner Relishing Blues Clash

Midfielder Gary Gardner has also been wheeled out ahead of this weekend's derby against Birmingham City given his long association with the club.

Bruce - You Live For Games Like This

Manager Steve Bruce has continued his preview of this weekend's derby against Birmingham City and admitted people are in football for matches of this magnitude.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Villa get promoted?
Suggested By: J P Fear
Yes, automatically25%
Yes, through play offs42%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
F1 introduces the Verstappen rule
Latest Vital Boxing News
Eggington Stops Gavin in Eight Rounds
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear567
9.Stephen Jay Hawkings150
Vital Football Comment