It’s been a sensational return to the Premier League for Aston Villa. With Dean Smith at the helm, they have reaffirmed their dominance as the top team in the West Midlands, and with further financial backing from one of the wealthiest owners in the league, it is not a far-fetched idea to see them pushing for European football.

As the 2021/22 Premier League campaign commences, we’ve taken a look at all you need to know about the Villains – from their upcoming league fixtures, to the latest football betting odds for the club this term.

Who is the manager of Aston Villa?

Dean Smith has taken Aston Villa from a mid-table Championship team to a genuine stalwart in the Premier League in such a short space of time. Since his arrival at Villa Park in October 2018, he has navigated Villa to the top-flight of English Football, broken the 109-year-old record of Villa’s longest winning streak and capped his first season in charge with a semi-final Championship play-off with victory against local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Since Villa’s return to the Premier League, they have taken notable scalps including a 7-2 humiliation of Liverpool. Furthermore, Smith is one of the few managers outside of the “Big Six” to have won the Premier League Manager of the Month, an achievement he received in December 2020.

Who are Aston Villa’s key players?

Aston Villa’s squad features a mix of internationally recognized star players and proven reliable Premier league talent. This combined with their exciting youngsters coming through the ranks and after a very active transfer window in which they brought in many notable signings, you’d be a fool to underestimate the claret & blue army.

These additions include the likes of Emi Buendia and Danny Ings. Buendia enjoyed a lucrative season providing 30 goal contributions in a Norwich side who went on to win the championship. Danny Ings played an instrumental part in the Southampton outfit, providing 4 assists and scoring 12 goals. Other signings include Leon Bailey in a £28.80m deal from Leverkusen and loan deals for Alex Tuanzebe and Ashley Young from Man United and Inter Milan respectively. Tyrone Mings has been a rock for Villa since his arrival from Bournemouth. Helping to keep 14 clean sheets last season and aiding at the other end with two goals, his presence at the back leads to an assured back four.

Where is Aston Villa’s stadium?

Aston Villa’s stadium, Villa Park, is situated in Aston, Birmingham. It has a seating capacity of 42,095 and has been the home of the club since 1897. Villa Park holds the record for hosting the most FA Cup semi-finals, with 55 having taken place there.

When is the next Aston Villa Premier League game?

Villa began their 2021/22 Premier League campaign against Watford on August 14 in a disappointing 3-2 defeat but quickly recovered, comfortably beating Newcastle in a 2-0 home victory. Next up, Villa will host league-newbies Brentford on August 28.

Aston Villa’s Premier League fixtures

The Aston Villa Premier League fixtures for the 2021/22 season in full are below:

14/08/202115:00Watford v Aston Villa3-2
21/08/202115:00Aston Villa v Newcastle United2-0
28/08/202115:00Aston Villa v Brentford
11/09/202115:00Chelsea v Aston Villa
18/09/202115:00Aston Villa v Everton
25/09/202115:00Manchester United v Aston Villa
02/10/202115:00Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
16/10/202115:00Aston Villa v Wolverhampton
23/10/202115:00Arsenal v Aston Villa
30/10/202115:00Aston Villa v West Ham United
06/11/202115:00Southampton v Aston Villa
20/11/202115:00Aston Villa v Brighton
27/11/202115:00Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
30/11/202119:45Aston Villa v Manchester City
04/12/202115:00Aston Villa v Leicester City
11/12/202115:00Liverpool v Aston Villa
14/12/202119:45Norwich City v Aston Villa
18/12/202115:00Aston Villa v Burnley
26/12/202115:00Aston Villa v Chelsea
28/12/202115:00Leeds United v Aston Villa
01/01/202215:00Brentford v Aston Villa
15/01/202215:00Aston Villa v Manchester United
22/01/202215:00Everton v Aston Villa
08/02/202219:45Aston Villa v Leeds United
12/02/202215:00Newcastle United v Aston Villa
19/02/202215:00Aston Villa v Watford
26/02/202215:00Brighton v Aston Villa
05/03/202215:00Aston Villa v Southampton
12/03/202215:00West Ham United v Aston Villa
19/03/202215:00Aston Villa v Arsenal
02/04/202215:00Wolverhampton v Aston Villa
09/04/202215:00Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
16/04/202215:00Aston Villa v Liverpool
23/04/202215:00Leicester City v Aston Villa
30/04/202215:00Aston Villa v Norwich City
07/05/202215:00Burnley v Aston Villa
15/05/202215:00Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
22/05/202216:00Manchester City v Aston Villa

What are the Aston Villa odds to win the Premier League?

Aston Villa are 150/1 outsiders to lift the Premier League title, but a more realistic proposition would be for the club to finish in the top six and they are currently 11/2 to secure that. Ollie Watkins is 50/1 to win the Golden Boot this year, potentially set back by the sale of Jack Grealish who provided 10 league assists for Aston Villa last season prior to his recent big money move to Manchester City.

What are the odds that Aston Villa win their next game?

Villa are currently Evens to uphold their momentum with a win at home against Brentford. The Bees, meanwhile, are 27/10 for the win despite being yet to concede this season having played tough opposition in Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

What is the latest Aston Villa injury and transfer news?

With just a week remaining of the Premier League transfer window, Villa have already got more than their money’s worth in Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings, Ashley Young and Co. but will they get any more business done before the August 31 deadline? They’re currently being linked with Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, valued at £40 million.

When it comes to injuries, Dean Smith is “hopeful” that star man, Ollie Watkins will be back available after he was ruled out of the previous two games with a knee injury. Other than that, we are unlikely to see the return of Trezeguet any time soon after he received significant knee surgery in April while Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore both suffered hamstring injuries in the last week. The latter of the two is expected to be out until just after the end of the international break whereas we could see Bailey return in time for the clash against Brentford.