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Aston Villa – Season Preview 2019/20

06 August 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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Manchester UnitedSouthampton
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Norwich CityWest Ham
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WatfordNewcastle United
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LiverpoolBurnley
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Featured match

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Wolverhampton
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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool 93 35 30 3 2 76 27 49
2. Manchester City 72 35 23 3 9 91 34 57
3. Chelsea 60 35 18 6 11 63 49 14
4. Leicester City 59 35 17 8 10 65 36 29
5. Manchester United 58 34 16 10 8 59 33 26
6. Wolverhampton 55 35 14 13 8 48 37 11
7. Sheffield United 54 35 14 12 9 38 33 5
8. Tottenham 52 35 14 10 11 54 45 9
9. Arsenal 50 35 12 14 9 51 44 7
10. Burnley 50 35 14 8 13 39 47 -8
11. Everton 45 35 12 9 14 41 52 -11
12. Southampton 44 34 13 5 16 43 56 -13
13. Newcastle United 43 35 11 10 14 36 52 -16
14. Crystal Palace 42 35 11 9 15 30 45 -15
15. Brighton 36 35 8 12 15 36 52 -16
16. West Ham 34 35 9 7 19 44 59 -15
17. Watford 34 35 8 10 17 33 54 -21
18. Bournemouth 31 35 8 7 20 36 60 -24
19. Aston Villa 30 35 8 6 21 38 65 -27
20. Norwich City 21 35 5 6 24 26 67 -41

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