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    Aston Villa – Season Preview 2019/20

    19 July 2019 | Premier League | Insight
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    Aston Villa – Season Preview 2019/20
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    Aston Villa are back in the Premier League following three seasons in the Championship. Many believe the former European Cup winners are back where they belong and Villa will be looking to solidify their place at English football’s top table.

    The Premier League is widely regarded as the toughest league in the world however with shrewd recruitment and realistic targets, Aston Villa should thrive in England’s top flight once again.

    Last season

    Following a slow start to the season, Villa went on club record 10-match winning streak across March and April which catapulted them into contention for promotion. The club were eventually promoted via the play-offs after defeating Derby County 2-1 in the final.

    Steve Bruce was sacked as a result of Villa’s poor start to the campaign and Dean Smith was appointed as manager in October 2018. The boyhood Villa supporter masterminded their promotion push and transformed the team with his exciting and attacking approach.

    Next season

    Fulham's recruitment policy last season is a prime example of what a not to do as a newly promoted club. Following their promotion back to the Premier League, there was a complete overhaul of the squad and this ultimately worked against them as they were relegated after just one season.

    It is vital for newly promoted clubs to keep the core of the team that got them promoted and Villa have done just that. They have already been busy in the summer transfer window, turning the loan deals of Tyronne Mings and Anwar El Ghazi into permanent signings whilst adding quality in other areas.

    Tammy Abraham bagged 25 Championship goals last season whilst on loan from Chelsea however Frank Lampard may be keen to keep Abraham at Stamford Bridge next season considering the club’s transfer ban. Villa fans will be hoping that new arrival Wesley can fill Abraham’s boots and provide regular goals.

    Aston Villa shouldn’t have a problem staying up next season. They are a well-equipped to establish themselves as a solid top-flight side once again and a club of Villa’s stature is capable of attracting big name players.

    They begin their return to the Premier League with a tough opening match against Tottenham Hotspur. Home matches with Bournemouth and Everton come next and Dean Smith will see these as winnable fixtures to kick start their campaign.

    Players in

    Wesley - €25m from Club Brugge

    Tyronne Mings - €22.3m from AFC Bournemouth

    Matt Targett - €15.6m from Southampton

    Ezri Konsa - €13.3m from Brentford

    Anwar El Ghazi - €9m from LOSC Lille

    Jota - €4.5m from Birmingham City

    Kortney Hause - €3.4m from Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Players out

    Ritchie De Laet – Free to Royal Antwerp

    Albert Adomah – Free to Nottingham Forest

    Tommy Elphick – Free to Huddersfield

    Gary Gardner – Undisclosed fee to Birmingham City

    Mark Bunn – Released

    Micha Richards – Released

    Alan Hutton – Released

    Glenn Whelan – Released

    Mile Jedinak – Released

    Ross McCormack – Released

    Predicted league finish

    14th. Aston Villa are expected to make a strong start to life back in the Premier League and relegation shouldn’t be a worry for the club.

    Predictions for Premier League

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    ArsenalBurnley
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    Aston VillaBournemouth
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    BrightonWest Ham
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    EvertonWatford
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    Featured match

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    Arsenal
    Burnley

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    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Manchester City 3 1 1 0 0 5 0 5
    2. Manchester United 3 1 1 0 0 4 0 4
    3. Liverpool 3 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
    4. Brighton 3 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
    5. Burnley 3 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
    6. Tottenham 3 1 1 0 0 3 1 2
    7. Arsenal 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
    8. Bournemouth 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
    9. Sheffield United 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
    10. Crystal Palace 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    11. Everton 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    12. Leicester City 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    13. Wolverhampton 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
    14. Newcastle United 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
    15. Aston Villa 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
    16. Norwich City 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3
    17. Southampton 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
    18. Watford 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
    19. Chelsea 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
    20. West Ham 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5

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