We at 32 Flags are previewing every team in the English Premier League, two teams a day until the beginning of the season. Get ready as we preview your favorite team or maybe we can help you pick a team to root for if you are undecided so far. Today, we’re covering Aston Villa.
Aston Villa F.C.
Founded – 1874
Last Year Position – 15th place
Transfers In (As of 8/6) – Joe Cole, Kieran Richardson and Philippe Senderos
Transfers Out (As of 8/6) – Mark Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso, Jordan Bowery and Samir Carruthers
Projected Finish (Voted among 32 Flags staff) – 14th place
Rivalries – West Brom (12/13 and 3/3)
Famous Supporters – Prince William, Tom Hanks and Ozzy Osbourne among others
Aston Villa has had some rough times in recent years. Once the team poised to be a comfortable top half of the table team, has now been in the depths of trying to survive and not get relegated. This past season saw the goal scoring antics of Christian Benteke in the beginning but would be plagued with injuries throughout the season. Apart from shock wins against Arsenal in the beginning of the season, Manchester City in September and Chelsea in March, Villa’s season would be a rather forgettable one.
The beginning of the season spells trouble for Aston Villa. Starting in September, they must play a murderers row of games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton. It could be an entire month of games where Villa isn’t favored to score a point. This may cause some tougher times for the people of Birmingham. Regardless, Villa should comfortably stay in the EPL but it’ll be another season of being in the lower half of the table.
The glimmer of hope for Villa fans is that owner Randy Lerner said that he would look into selling the team. For Aston Villa fans, one can only hope that the next owner will invest some more money into the team.
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