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Can Aston Villa Secure a Top Four Finish in the Premier League This Season?

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The Premier League title race is heating up as the final furlong of the 2023/24 season approaches.

Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City are the three teams battling it out at the top of the table, the question is, who will secure the crown?

Betting odds for the Premier League title

With regards to a Premier League bet, current champions Man City are the favourites to secure their fourth title in a row at odds of 6/5, as Pep Guardiola will be looking for his side to go on their trademark end-of-season run.

Liverpool remain second favourites at football odds of 2/1 to claim the title in Jurgen Klopp’s final season in charge of the Anfield side, and it would be a wonderful way to bow out.

Arsenal, despite playing some sublime football of late, find themselves third in the running to secure a first Premier League title since 2004, sitting at odds of 13/5.

While Aston Villa won’t be winning the league this season, Unai Emery has rejuvenated the Midlands side as they are within touching distance of claiming a Champions League berth for next season.

Unai Emery has transformed Aston Villa since his arrival

Steven Gerrard’s appointment in November 2021 was supposed to herald a new era at Villa. Fast forward 11 months later and the former Rangers manager was sacked after his side won just two league matches until midway through October.

Emery was appointed as the new boss and immediately began to improve the team. By the end of the 2022/23 season, they had miraculously climbed to seventh in the table and secured a place in the Europa Conference League, something that looked out of reach just a few months prior.

The Spaniard dived into the transfer market last summer, managing to lure talents such as Pau Torres, Moussa Diaby and Youri Tielemans to Villa Park.

Between the start of the campaign and Christmas, Villa lost just three Premier League matches while securing excellent victories against Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Progress has also been made in Europe, as Emery’s side crushed Ajax 4-0 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals of the Conference League. Although winning a first major trophy in 28 years would send the supporters into a frenzy, it appears as though the manager is aiming to finish in the top four.

Playing in the Champions League will allow the club to continue their ascent, thus being able to lure better players to the Midlands.

With Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey scoring for fun and the hard-working midfield duo of John McGinn and Douglas Luiz, the team are a match for anyone on their day.

They face Arsenal, City, Chelsea, and Liverpool between now and the end of the season, with all four ties having the potential to derail the momentum Emery has built up over the previous few months.
If Villa can maintain their current form, there is no reason why they shouldn’t finish ahead of Spurs and claim the final Champions League spot.

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