Bet UK’s Aston Villa Away Day Guide
In recent years, Swansea City have been Aston Villa’s bogey side. The Swans have won the last 5 meetings between the two sides and have only lost once since 1982. Of the teams that last met in 2016, only 3 Swansea players remain, while there is just 1 Villa player who remains in the squad. The teams have completely changed, with both teams being relegated in the last few years.
Aston Villa came within 90 minutes and 1 goal of promotion last season. A Tom Cairney winner in the play-off final ensured that Villa would remain in the Championship for a 3rd successive season. The summer was mainly filled with rumours of enigmatic owner Dr Tony Xia leaving the club with huge debts. An investor did eventually arrive at Villa Park, but it did halt a lot of Villa’s transfer dealings. Steve Bruce became the target of the Villa faithful's hatred, eventually getting the sack at the start of the October. Brentford manager Dean Smith was brought in to replace him, with his first game being against Swansea City.
When is Aston Villa v Swansea City?
Aston Villa v Swansea City will kick off at 3:00pm on Saturday 20th October.
How To Get To Villa Park?
Driving To Villa Park From Swansea
Villa Park isn’t too far away from Swansea city centre. The drive will take just over 3 hours up to Birmingham and is a quite straight forward route. From Swansea, head along the M4 until you reach junction 24, joining the A449. The A449 will eventually merge into the A40, which will then take you to the start of the M50. At the end of the M50, head onto the M5 towards Birmingham. Take Exit 1 from the M5 and follow the A41 and then the A4040, which will take you directly to the ground.
Car parking is mainly related to street parking if you are looking closely to the ground. Keep an eye out for resident only parking signs though, as they have just been introduced. Free parking is available around Aston Railway Station (0.7 miles) and at the Star City leisure complex (1.5 miles).
Trains From Swansea to Villa Park
Trains from Swansea Central to Birmingham New Street are fairly regular, running around every 30 minutes. The latest train that will get you to Birmingham in plenty of time is the 10:20. The train does require a switch at Bristol, but is still only a 3hr journey. Once in Birmingham, head to Aston station and then walk for just a mile before reaching Villa Park. On the way back, trains run every half an hour from 18:42 until 20:42.
Hotels Near Villa Park For Swansea City Fans
If you need to stay over in Birmingham, then there are plenty of different options around Villa Park. The Swan & Mitre, Shanahans B&B and the Campanile Hotel are all within walking distance to the ground. The 3 hotels are all reasonable priced as well, with the average hotel around the area charging about £50 for a room for 2.
Pubs For Swansea Football Fans Near Villa Park
The main away pub is the Witton Arms, which is only a couple of minutes away from the away end. The pub is split into home and away fans, but also charges £2 entry for each fan. The Yew Tree and the Hare of the Dog also both welcome away fans on match days, but are a bit further away from Villa Park than the Witton Arms.
Where Next for Swansea City?
Swansea’s next away trip is to Rotherham’s New York Stadium on the 11th November, following 2 home games against Blackburn Rovers and Reading.
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