Premier League Betting Odds: Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard

Aston Villa are to embark on their first full season with Steven Gerrard at the helm and another off-season of big spending means they are sure to target at least a top-half finish (Aston Villa 5/6 Top Half Finish).

The former Rangers boss took over from Dean Smith in November and guided them to a 14th-place finish last season – a comfortable 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Some eye-catching signings have already arrived at Villa Park over the summer and now the challenge for Gerrard will be to mould his squad into a side that can challenge for the top ten and beyond.

Last season produced some good moments for Gerrard’s team and if Villa can find an extra gear along with greater consistency, they will easily steer clear of any relegation worries.

Hopes for the new season

Optimism is bubbling at Villa Park following an impressive summer of recruitment.

They fended off other teams to sign Marseille’s French midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer while centre-back Diego Carlos has joined from Sevilla.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho has signed permanently and a summer of pre-season training when he can truly mould himself into the squad will be vital.

Villa are an ambitious club and they won’t settle for another season of mid-table mediocrity – Gerrard was essentially brought in as manager to help them progress.

A top-ten finish will be the minimum aim while they could realistically make a challenge for the top six (6/1) if they have a good start to the season.

Villa have perhaps been given an ideal opportunity to do that as their first match of the 2022-23 campaign is away at newly-promoted Bournemouth (Bournemouth 23/10, draw 9/4, Aston Villa 6/5 – Match Betting), before games against Everton (H), Crystal Palace (A), West Ham (H) and Arsenal (A) in August.

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Arrivals and Departures

In:

Boubacar Kamara – free – Marseille
Diego Carlos – £26m – Sevilla
Philippe Coutinho – £17.5m – Barcelona
Robin Olsen – £3m – Roma
Ludvig Augustinsson – loan – Sevilla

Out:

Matt Targett – £15m – Newcastle United
Trezeguet – £4.25m – Trabzonspor
Conor Hourihane – free – Derby County

Star man

If he can get anywhere near the form he showed at Liverpool, then Philippe Coutinho could be a huge player for Villa this season.

He is an archetypal number ten who can score goals as well as create them and certainly has something to prove following a disappointing stint at Barcelona.

His form did dip towards the end of last season as Villa struggled to get him involved in games but he ended the campaign with five goals in 19 games – a very respectable total.

Ollie Watkins is also a man to keep an eye on with England international’s energy and clever movement perfect for Steven Gerrard’s side.

Manager/Tactics

Gerrard earned his move to Villa following three excellent years in charge at Rangers where he took them from being miles adrift of Celtic to Scottish Premiership winners.

The Liverpool legend adopted a 4-3-3 formation in Glasgow and it has been much the same in Birmingham.

Villa like to keep possession as much as possible and their system is also adaptable with Gerrard playing a 4-2-3-1 on occasion too.

Like many modern coaches, Gerrard embraces the need for high pressing, and Villa are no different to many other teams in the top flight.

He also carries an aura from his playing days which can help Villa attract players they may not otherwise be in the market for.

Last season – 14th

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Author: Lucas Carlson