Aston Villa drift for relegation as Ross Barkley joins on loan

Aston Villa drift for relegation as Ross Barkley joins on loan

Dean Smith’s side are now 1/7 to avoid the drop

Since their miraculous survival from the Premier League, Aston Villa have had a fantastic number of weeks.

This has caused bookmakers to ease their odds for relegation since the opening day of the Premier League season. 

7/4 third-favourites before the season began, the odds suggested Villa would face an uphill battle to stay up again this year. 

However, two games into the season, and they are now 9/2 to be relegated. That is an implied probability of 18% that they will be relegated, compared to 36% at the start of the season. 

They are now 1/7 to stay in the Premier League this season with bookmakers. 

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Their transfer business has been brilliant. The latest addition of Ross Barkley from Chelsea on loan is a great bit of business. The 26-year-old will bolster their midfield and make them even more of an attacking threat going forward. 

Exciting striker Ollie Watkins, Matty Cash and Emililano Martinez are all shrewd signings, all of whom have helped with their brilliant start to the season.

Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings extending their contracts were both massive boosts, especially Grealish given his talent.

 

Dean Smith’s side have also seen their odds cut for a top 10 finish due to their electric start to the season.

Villa are as short as 3/1 to break into the top-half of the table, having been as big as 15/2 at the start of the season. 

Fans couldn’t ask for much more than two victories coupled with two clean sheets, so they will be dreaming of where this season may take them.

Their latest 3-0 routing of Fulham was particularly impressive. They showed how far apart they were from current relegation favourites Fulham, who were a shambles at the back. 

It may be early days yet to get carried away, but if they keep up their current form, then you can’t rule out a push at the top-half of the table from Villa.