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Aston Villa Football Club (also known as The Villa, Villa and The Villans) is based in Aston, Birmingham, currently playing in the Premier League. The club was founded in 1874 and has played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa was a founding member of The Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992. The club was floated by the previous owner and chairman Doug Ellis, but in 2006 full control of the club was acquired by American Randy Lerner. They are one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in England, having won the First Division Championship and FA Cup seven times each. Villa is also one of only four English clubs to win the European Cup, which they did in 1982. Aston Villa is the fourth most successful club in English football history, having won 20 major honours, although most of these were pre-war, the most recent being 1996.
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Villa has collected 7 League titles, but only one of these is post-World War II and that dates back to the 1980-81 season. Aston Villa has never mounted a challenge for League honours in the Premiership era. However, to date Aston Villa has spent 98 seasons in the top-flight. As a result, Aston Villa versus Everton (105 seasons) is the most played fixture in English top-flight football. Aston Villa is one of an elite group of seven clubs that has played in every Premiership season, the others being Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham . Villa is fifth in the all-time FA Premier League table. Despite no successful campaign since 1980-81, Villa betting odds generally have them at about sixth-best in the Premiership betting market. Whilst Aston Villa is a potential top-6 finisher, but cannot really be viewed as making a viable title challenge, as reflected by the generous Villa betting offered by the layers. Recent finishes of 6th, 11th, 16th, 10th and 6th reinforce the point.
Aston Villa is no pushover for any of the Premiership sides. However, they have continually suffered from a seemingly “leaky” defence, particularly away from home. Additionally, their frailty in front of goal has done them no favours. Generally, it is advisable to oppose the Aston Villa betting odds away from Villa Park, unless the Aston Villa odds appear to represent particularly good value.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Aston Villa has seven FA Cup successes to its name, ranging from a 2-0 1887 win over West Bromwich Albion to a 1957 success over Manchester United. None of these is particularly relevant to betting on Aston Villa in the current game. As with Aston Villa odds on the Premier League title, Aston Villa betting on the FA Cup also has then at about sixth-best in the market.
Villa has won 5 League Cups, 2 of which have been in the Premiership era. In 1994, a brace from Dean Saunders gave Aston Villa a 3-1 victory over Manchester United, at Wembley. They repeated the feat in 1996 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leeds United. Success has been elusive in this competition since, but unlike so many top-flight sides, Villa seldom field sub-strength sides, so Aston Villa betting odds tend to be a better reflection of their chances of success than other Premier League sides.
Villa qualified for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup, following a 5-2 aggregate victory over Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjordhu. The Aston Villa betting odds for UEFA Cup success are 25/1 with Skybet.
UEFA Champions League
Aston Villa was successful in 1982, beating Bayern Munich in Rotterdam, via a 67th minute goal from Peter Withe. Given their inability to break the stranglehold of the “Big 4″ clubs on the Champions’ League qualifying places, a repeat performance in the foreseeable future is unlikely.
European Super Cup
Villa went on to secure the European Super Cup, as European champions. Despite losing 1-0 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp, they recovered to take the trophy, walloping the Spanish side 3-0 at Villa Park.