We’ve seen a number of contrasting seasons from newly-promoted sides over the years.
Fulham were relegated last season after spending similar amounts of money on a vast range of players whilst some sides have performed exceedingly well, sometimes even overachieving – Ipswich Town in the 2000/01 season finished fifth and Reading managed eighth in the 2006/07 campaign.
Both BT Sport and The Guardian have predicted a 15th place finish for Dean Smith’s side this coming season which would be three places off the drop-zone, leaving many fans debating their own predictions.
One supporter had lofty ambitions claiming that top ten won’t be an issue so top six should be the aim. He even went as far as saying that Villa would win the Premier League and be playing in Europe within five years. At least the latter is a tad more realistic…
Others were a lot more reasonable saying that they would take 15th in their first Premier League season in three years whilst another believed that mid-table to the top half is achievable if the team clicks and there are no injuries this side of Christmas.
You can read the best of the reaction below:
Top ten not an issue aim for top six…
Prediction we will win the Premiership before Man Utd
We will win the Premiership within 5 years
We will play in Europe within 5 years…
— Pete Maycock (@Squatt45) July 30, 2019
Top 13 is achievable if the team click quick and no silly injuries this side of Christmas
— Craig Gregory (@craiggregory83) July 30, 2019
Seriously 15th place,I’m gonna say top ten
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJo26463111) July 30, 2019
I’d take it, obviously it would be nice to finish higher but really important we stick in there so we can build again next summer!!
— Chris (@CJoeOfEternia) July 30, 2019
The difference between 11th and 16th could only be 4 or 5 points. In our first season back I know we will be dedicated to attacking and winning and that will be critical to where we finish. We have a good defence which we will fortify with a solid keeper. We’ll be just fine.
— Bosey (@Bosey82) July 30, 2019
Gonna surprise a few I think
— Daniel Wain (@Dwain83) July 30, 2019
I think we’ll be top 10. There’s great team spirit and a real buzz. I think if we can get some good early results then we could hopefully create a snowball effect.
— Brendan O’Neill (Filmmaker) (@Stickleback_Pro) July 30, 2019
Quite confident of a higher finish.
I believe we’ll finish top ten
— Mike Knott (@MikeKnott10) July 30, 2019
— Philip Roscorla (@Harryballs74) July 31, 2019
I think higher. Want higher. But ultimately would take that too.
— Andy (@Andy_CV) July 30, 2019