Premier League 2022-23 Preview #2: Aston Villa | football

Expected position of the Guardian book 10th (note: this is not necessarily Ben Fisher’s expectation but the average of our book tips)

Last season’s position fourteenth

League winning odds (via Oddschecker) 250-1

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There’s no point in hiding it: Aston Villa intend to become a force and it won’t take long in Steven Gerrard’s company to get a flavor of his desire to elevate the club to the top of the table. Villa’s at times naivety last season mourned Gerrard, whose first full campaign of surveillance will inevitably draw scrutiny, but with the backing of billionaires Nassif Sawiris and Wes Edens, they have bolstered their backbone during a busy closed season.

Villa got much of her summer done early, wrapping up the eye-catching moves of Philippe Coutinho (permanently), Diego Carlos and Bobker Camara, and there’s another new face in the dugout. Previously at Liverpool’s academy, Neil Critchley has resigned as Blackpool coach to join Gerrard’s assistant, replacing Michael Bale, who has taken the opposite step by heading into the tournament to take over the top position at Queens Park Rangers.

Ready for Premier League 2022-23: Aston Villa – video

Whether Gerrard changes things up by naming a new leader will be intriguing; In April, he indicated that the captain was ready to catch him and that he would make a call about whether Tyrone Mings, who wore the armband during pre-season, would keep it. Another interesting question is whether Villa choose to keep 20-year-old striker Cameron Archer, the subject of loan interest from nearly every club in the Championship after a fruitful spell at Preston last season. Gerrard’s decision to leave Carney Chukwuemeka at home on his pre-season tour to Australia due to the 18-year-old refusing to sign a new contract suggests he is not afraid to make big calls.