Aston Villa have been made the bookmakers’ favourites to win the 2017-18 Football League Championship with less than a month before the season kicks off.
The arrival of former-England and Chelsea captain John Terry only enhances their chances of returning to the Premier League at the second attempt.
Villa made a slow start to last season’s campaign under Roberto Di Matteo before he was relieved of his duties in October. Whilst some thought his replacement, Steve Bruce, could guide them to promotion during the remainder of the season, the West Midlands club ended up finish 13th having drawn 14 of their 46 matches.
Aston Villa can be found at a tasty 15/2 to win the 2017-18 Championship and 11/5 to be promoted. Those who want to be more cautious; Steve Bruce’s side are 5/7 to finish in the top six. If you sign up with 10bet today you can get the 10bet free bet to place on this or any other selection.
With a full summer to work with his squad, of which they were reported to have spent more than a staggering £80 million in transfers during the course of last season – more than three times what Real Madrid spent last season with the Spanish giants going on to win both the UEFA Champions League and La Liga.
Bruce has been promoted to the Premier League on more occasions than any other manager so the Villans certainly have one of the best managers in the division to get them out of it. Their squad is full of talent which suggests the bookmakers have got the odds right.
Up front Scott Hogan and Jonathan Kodjia each cost around £15 million last season whilst they do still have the pacey Gabby Agbonlahor, even though the former-England international has never proven to be a regular goalscorer.
Albert Adomah down the right wing offers great creativity, as do Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury in midfield. Much is still expected of Jack Grealish, though in truth the youngster is still yet to deliver very much in senior football. Perhaps under the tutelage of Steve Bruce this could change for the midfielder this season.
The experienced Mile Jedinak offers great protection of the back four from centre midfield and has previous promotion experience with Crystal Palace from this division. The Australian should be a huge factor in Bruce’s side.
Defensively Aston Villa have strengthened this summer with their first signing, John Terry. The pace of the Championship should not be a huge problem for the 36-year-old though their is the odd player who may cause him some problems. He’s won numerous medals at the top of the game and played against the world’s best – Terry has the potential to be one of the top players in this division this season. He’s also a goalscoring threat from corners.
Whether Bruce feels the goalkeeping situation needs changing remains to be seen. here’s plenty of time for the former-Birmingham City manager to bring in new players before the start of the season and before the end of the summer transfer window, which closes on 31 August.