Build-Up To The New Season – Aston Villa

Team; Aston Villa

Nickname; The Villa

Founded; 1874

Manager; Roberto Di Matteo

Stadium Name; Villa Park

Stadium Capacity; 42,682

Major Honours; (7) 1st Division titles, (7) F.A Cups, (1) European Cup

Main Rivals; Birmingham City

Biggest Win Against Brighton; 4-1 (October 1980)

Biggest Defeat Against Brighton; 2-1 (March 1972)

Last Meeting; Aston Villa 3-2 Brighton (January 2010)

When Do They Play Brighton; Saturday 19th November (The AMEX), Sunday 7th May (Villa Park)

 

Players To Watch;

Goalkeeper; Brad Guzan

Defender; Micah Richards

Midfielder; Ashley Westwood

Striker; Jordan Ayew

Villa didn’t have the greatest season last year, we can all admit that, but dropping down a division might help them sustain a squad, which could help them if they make a automatic return to the Premier League come May. They have been given a helping hand in terms of finances with Chinese businessman Dr Tony Jiantong Xia buying the club this summer. He has given them to green light to spend money, to make a sharpish return to the top flight, and the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo just shows how deep his pockets are. They have also managed to hold onto some key players thus far including Jordan Ayew and Jack Grealsih, who are expected to make an impact this season. However, the Championship is set to see its hardest ever season with the 3 relegated teams, along with the 3 play-off losers, making up just 6 of a possible 12/13 who have ambitions of making the final 6 come May.

Last Season’s Finish; 20th (Premier League)

Predicted Finish; 3rd

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