Date: 27th July 2018 at 7:00am
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Thursday saw the Premier League 2 fixtures for the 2018/19 campaign for Aston Villa’s Under 23 side released, along with the provisional date for the Premier League Cup competition.

Villa had a good year in Division 2 last season. We narrowly missed out on chasing Blackburn Rovers down in top spot with an eight-game winning streak towards the end of the campaign that more than put us back in the mix. We had to settle for a Play-Off spot in the end and we ultimately lost out 2-0 to Brighton at Villa Park as they secured promotion into Premier League 2 Division 1 for this season.

Our Premier League Cup campaign did end in success though as we took a penalty victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium to lift the silverware, so 2018/19 sees us reign as defending Champions.

With it expected that the core of our Under 23 setup will now be on first-team duty with ongoing Financial Fair Play concerns, it means we can welcome through a new bunch this season and the challenge is there for them to make a name for themselves as plenty of others have done before.

The campaign for Kevin MacDonald and Mark Delaney’s boys begins at the Banks’s as we host Norwich City and then we face Manchester United at the Leigh Sports Village.

The full dates are below – there will undoubtedly be changes.

August:

Villa U23s v Norwich City U23s
Monday 13th August – 7pm
Banks’s Stadium, Walsall

Manchester United U23s v Villa U23s
Friday 17th August – 7pm
Leigh Sports Village

Villa U23s v Fulham U23s
Monday 27th August – 1pm
Villa Park

September:

Middlesbrough U23s v Villa U23s
Sunday 2nd September – 2pm
Riverside Stadium

Villa U23s v Stoke City U23s
Friday 14th September – 7pm
Villa Park

Southampton U23s v Villa U23s
Friday 21st September – 7pm
Staplewood Training Ground

October:

Sunderland U23s v Villa U23s
Monday 1st October – 7pm
Eppleton Colliery Welfare

Villa U23s v Newcastle United U23s
Monday 22nd October – 7pm
Banks’s Stadium, Walsall

West Bromwich Albion U23s v Villa U23s
Monday 29th October – 7pm
Aggborough, Kidderminster Harriers

November:

Villa U23s v Reading U23s
Monday 5th November – 7pm
Villa Park

Wolverhampton Wanderers U23s v Villa U23s
Monday 26th November – 7pm
New Bucks Head, Telford United

December:

Villa U23s v Southampton U23s
Friday 7th December – 7pm
Villa Park

Stoke City U23s v Villa U23s
Monday 17th December – 7pm
TBC

January:

Villa U23s v Manchester United U23s
Monday 7th January – 7pm
Villa Park

Norwich City U23s v Villa U23s
Friday 11th January – 7pm
Colney Training Centre

February:

Fulham U23s v Villa U23s
Friday 1st February – 7pm
Motspur Park

Villa U23s v Middlesbrough U23s
Monday 18th February – 7pm
Banks’s Stadium, Walsall

March:

Villa U23s v Sunderland U23s
Monday 4th March – 7pm
Banks’s Stadium, Walsall

Newcastle United U23s v Villa U23s
Monday 11th March – 7pm
Northumberland FA

April:

Villa U23s v Wolverhampton Wanderers U23s
Monday 8th April – 7pm
Banks’s Stadium, Walsall

Reading U23s v Villa U23s
Friday 12th April – 7pm
Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers

Villa U23s v West Bromwich Albion U23s
Monday 29th April – 7pm
Banks’s Stadium, Walsall

Premier League Cup: Provisional match dates

Saturday 6th October: Group Stage 1
Saturday 10th November: Group Stage 2
Saturday 1st December: Group Stage 3
Saturday 19th January: Group Stage 4
Saturday 9th February: Group Stage 5
Saturday 23rd February: Group Stage 6
Saturday 16th March: Last 16
Saturday 30th March: Quarter-Finals