Aston Villa Have What It Takes for Top Four Challenge
With the success Aston Villa has had over the last 12 months and the attractive football that Emery has got his side playing, the Premier League club are picking up more fans around the world all the time, including in Zambia, Africa.
Villa finished seventh last season, but they will be hoping to build upon that in the latest campaign. They are 11/2 in the Zambia betting to finish in the top four, which would ensure they qualify for the UEFA Champions League. They have not ended a top-flight season in the top four since 1996.
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After an opening-day 5-1 defeat to Newcastle, Aston Villa have defeated Everton 4-0, got the better of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and hammered Brighton 6-1 at Villa Park. Those results suggest they could be onto something special this season.
Through the opening eight games of the 2023/24 Premier League season, only Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United have scored more goals than the Villains in the league. Their free-flowing football is being enjoyed not just by their supporters, but by those in a Villa shirt.
Villa Have European Adventure to Enjoy This Season
This season will be the first time Villa will play in Europe since they competed in the UEFA Europa League in the 2010-11 campaign. Their seventh-place finish last year ensured they qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League, a competition that fellow Premier League rivals West Ham won back in June. Villa will feel they are major players to follow what the Hammered achieved.
— UEFA Europa Conference League (@europacnfleague) October 5, 2023
As you will have seen in the sports news, Villa suffered a defeat to Polish side Legia Warsaw in their opening game of the UEFA Europa Conference League campaign, however, they bounced back on matchday two to beat Zrinjski Mostar 1-0. They have four more matches left in the group stage to accumulate enough points to advance through to the round of 16.
The Midlands club has a rich history in Europe. They won the European Cup in 1982, beating German giant Bayern Munich in the final. Later that year, they defeated Barcelona in the European Super Cup, getting the better of the Spanish side 3-1 over two legs.
The last time Aston Villa was successful in a European competition was in the 2001 Intertoto Cup. The English club prevailed 5-2 against Basel in their two-legged final.
If Emery can keep his players’ feet on the ground and avoids any injuries to keep players in their squad, there could be domestic and European success for his side at the end of this season