Is promotion a realistic ambition for Villa under Steve Bruce?
Following the news that Steve Bruce has finally been unveiled as the new Aston Villa manager we take a look at the odds of some potential outcomes this season.
When Bruce took over at arch rivals Birmingham City in December 2001 he was successful in guiding them from mid-table to promotion, via the play-offs, in his first season.
Despite hovering two points above the relegation, Villa have a clear ambition of returning to the Premier League and are priced at 15/2 to win promotion. For success in the play-offs you can get Villa at 11/1 with SkyBet while they are a huge 66/1 to win the league.
Bruce has won promotion from the Championship with Birmingham City and Hull City. While it looks a tough task to do it in his first season with Villa there may be some tempted at the current prices.
His first test as Villa boss will be against Wolves this weekend, the same side he first faced as Birmingham manager. Birmingham lost that game 2-1, but the bookies are expecting Bruce to get off to a winning start at Villa Park on Saturday evening. The home side are clear favourites to win
The main concentration of the season will be on the league but Bruce may have a look at a cup run if promotion looks out of reach at any stage. After all, Villa did make the FA Cup final last season and Bruce previously led Hull to the FA Cup final in 2014. For Bruce and Villa to go one better this season and win it, they are priced at 110/1.
For the doubters out there who think Bruce will have detrimental impact at Villa you can get 33/1 on them to be relegated.