Aston Villa has been on a steady rise for the past few years under Marin O’Neill, but it will be a challenge to keep up that trend during the 2009-10 season. The Irishman has helped Aston Villa finish 6th the past two years, but unless a surprise transfer move comes soon, it seems they might be destined for a fall in the standings this year. You can see Aston Villa live football matches and find out just how well they match up this year by signing up right here on OleOleFootball, your home for live English Premier League action.O’Neil is the first to admit that the team needs new players to compete. The only move they made came by way of the addition of Stewart Downing, but he won’t even be ready until December. The transfer of Gareth Barry to Manchester City and the retirement of Martin Laursen have left huge holes in the middle of the filed for Aston Villa. Pressure will be put on Nigel Reo-Coker and Steve Sidwell but neither of them possesses the talent and composure that Barry has.
After playing out last season with the fewest players in the EPL, the team is even lighter this year. Just one injury could send the team spiralling in the standings. There are positives though for the team as they might be able to bring in Sylvain Distin and have young up and comer Marc Albrighton looking like he is ready for the big time.
The other good news is that the team does have a few options up front with John Carew, Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor leading the way. That is not to neglect the emergence of Ashley Young either.
It looks like Aston Villa has an outside chance to break the top 6 in the standins this year, but all the cards will have to fall in the right way. Can they overcome a short stacked roster or will injuries deplete the lineup even more? There is no better place to find out and watch Aston Villa live than OleOleFootball.