Aston Villa, known by their fans simply as Villa, are a Premier League team hailing from Birmingham who were first formed 144 years ago, making them one of the oldest English soccer teams.
Villa Park is where Villa play their home games with the 42,785 capacity stadium is a tough place to go and nobody will relish taking on Villa there. Villa scored at least one goal in 96% of their home fixtures last season
The club is steeped in history. Not only were Aston Villa one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888, they are one of only five English teams to have won the European Cup (now known as the Champions League), have won the Football League First Division on seven occasions, the FA Cup seven times, the League Cup five times and the UEFA Super Cup once.
Villa spent 24 years in the Premier League, from 1992 through to 2016, when they were relegated from English soccer's top flight. They were almost promoted back to the Premier League in the 2017-18 season but lost in the playoff finals to Fulham.
Dean Smith took over as manager in October 2018 and guided Villa to fifth place in the Championship after a club record 10 game winning streak. Villa defeated Derby County 2-1 in the EFL Championship Playoff final at Wembley Stadium to return to the Premier League in time for the 2019-2020 season.
Much of Aston Villa's chances of staying in the Premier League this season will depend on their activity in the transfer market. Several older members of the squad have been released and Villa need reinforcements in all areas of the pitch, particularly in attack as last season's leading goal scorer Tammy Abraham has returned to parent club Chelsea after his season-long loan.
Who Does Aston Villa Play Next?
Every game Aston Villa plays this season is going to be tough for them as they were promoted to the Premier League via the Championship playoffs and teams who were promoted this way traditionally struggle to come to terms with the quality of Premier League opposition.
Discover who Aston Villa play next and where by checking out the handy widget below, which contains a wealth of information at your fingertips.
Soccer teams almost always perform better at home than they do away as they have the majority of the crowd behind them and know every bump and divot on their pitch.
With that in mind, feast your eyes on the full Aston Villa schedule for the 2019-20 season via the widget below. Use this widget to plan your Aston Villa bets. Check what their and their opponents' recent form has been, if they have any big clashes coming up where the manager may rest players and more
Where is Aston Villa in the Premier League Standings?
The 2019-20 Premier League season is likely to be a long, arduous campaign for Aston Villa because teams who are promoted via the playoffs traditionally struggle in their first season back in the top flight; Fulham were promoted via this method for the 2018-19 season and returned straight back to the Championship.
Discover where Aston Villa are in the current Premier League standings and check where their next opponents are to help you come to a decision on which bets to make. Are Villa struggling or they in the relative safety of mid-table? Let's take a look right now.
How to Bet Profitably on Aston Villa
Games involving Aston Villa tend to see a lot of goals with there being an average of 3.11 goals per game last season, making the over 2.5 goals market one to watch during Villa's first season back in the Premier League.
Some 61 percent of Villa's games finished with over 2.5 goals and 35 percent ended having triggered the over 3.5 goals market.
Scoring goals was not a problem in their promotional year as they scored an average of 1.78 goals per game. At home, Aston Villa scored in 96 percent of their fixtures and in an impressive 83 percent of their away games, too.
The problem Villa have is they also conceded more than their fair share of goals, 61 in 46 games last season for an average of 1.33 goals per game.
This is a worrying statistic for Aston Villa fans because the strikers in the Premier League are much better than those in the Championship so they could see their beloved Villa side leak goals at an alarming rate.
Villa only won 24 percent of their games without conceding a goal and in 65 percent of their fixtures both teams scored.
We would be looking at Aston Villa's home fixtures during the current campaign because it is at Villa Park where Villa score and concede the most goals (3.74 goals per game on average last season).
Villa play an attacking style at home, although you may find them play slightly more defensively this season as they fight for Premier League survival.
It is also worth noting that of the 32 times Aston Villa took the lead last season, they conceded an equalizer on 12 occasions for a rate of 62 percent. Conversely, on the 33 occasions they fell behind to the opening goals, Villa managed to at least equalize 23 times for an equalizing rate of 70 percent.
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