Updated: Aug 16
Its finally time to sit back and enjoy the Premier League once again. After a long and devastating summer, we can finally watch club football once again...
Alot has happened within Aston Villa itself during the summer aswell, with the likes of Jack Grealish leaving the club controversially, to join Manchester City.
Aswell as this Villa have made 5 new signings at the time of writing this:
Despite selling the club captain (Jack Grealish) for a Premier League record of £100million, Villa have invested the money successfully, being able to build a stronger squad and depth.
The first game of the season for Aston Villa, sees us travel to Vicarage Road to face recently promoted side Watford. A second place finish in the Championship last season saw them come back to the top league after being relegated the season before.
Fans will play a major part in this fixture, with full capacity stadiums finally being allowed back. Villa are away, but this doesn't take away the fact that they could out-sing any stadium anywhere...
Dean Smith has been rumoured to be talking about changing formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-5-2. This would allow him to be able to play both Ings and Watkins on a more central role.
Villa do try to attack quite early in the game, and keep possession this enables them to be able to control the first half without having to be too cautious. This being shown in their last league game VS Chelsea. However, this game being the first of the season, makes it hard to predict what Dean Smith will tell his side what to do.
Attacking from the off, and intensely pressing from the off should be the way to go for Villa, especially against a recently promoted side, who will look to sit back and soak up the pressure in hope for a counter-attack.
However, the last time these two teams met at Vicarage Road, was when Watford beat Aston Villa 3-0 in what was a devastating loss. Troy Deeney came back to haunt Villa once again in that game. The last time these two teams met overall, was at Villa Park, where Villa got revenge on Watford, when Tyrone Mings (poor Ezri) scored a 90+5 minute goal to get all three points. Villa fans have had the last laugh since.
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