Aston Villa Show no Signs of Suffering after Playoff Final Defeat
Aston Villa wouldn't be blamed for starting slowly this season after the disappointment of losing in the 2017 playoff final against Fulham. Villa got to the very final hurdle last season, before losing on the big stage and failing to get back into the Premier League. It was disappointing for everyone at the club, from those at the top down to the fans who travelled to Wembley last May, and those who watched at home or in their local. The start of this season was always going to be tough for them as they get back to life trying to make the Premier League, but so far it hasn't shown in their performances.
Villa have been nothing short of impressive early this season, they have two wins out of two in the Championship and won their opening game of the Carabao Cup last night against Yeovil. This is the opposite of what many expected, and even those who thought Villa could contend probably envisaged a fairly slow start. If this is a sign of things to come, then they have to be included in any discussions about possible promotion candidates.
Not only have they shown that they still have the quality to compete at the top of the Championship, but their character is also really shining through. Many of the players on the field for their opening games took to the field at Wembley, but they appear to have put that behind them already. That was always going to be the biggest obstacle for this talented team to get over, and one they appear to be well on top of right now. Should Villa come out of August with a good record then there is every chance that they can push for promotion once again this season, looking to put right the things that went wrong for them at the end of their last campaign.
Villa 21/20 for Ipswich Trip
Aston Villa head to Ipswich on Saturday for the third game of their Championship season. After struggling last season, Ipswich have started in much the same way, drawing one and losing one of their opening two league games. Villa will certainly fancy their chances of picking up a third victory and they are priced up at 21/20 to get that. Despite being the home side, Ipswich are the 14/5 outsiders, with the draw priced up at 11/5. Three straight league wins would be a dream start for The Villans in their push for a return to the Premier League, and it would also show they have overcome the heartache of last season.