The Championship title race is about pretty much as settled as the Premier League title race, with Wolverhampton Wanderers, with great incomings such as Ruben Neves, Diego Jota and Roderick Miranda, have stormed to the top of the tree and look to automatically get promoted sooner rather than later. So it’s up to many clubs now to finish second, and this is the reason why Aston Villa are likely to clinch that spot.
The Birmingham side, hot off winning the Second City Derby 2-0 to climb to second above Derby County, look a completely different team this year as oppose to last year, and even the early part of this campaign, where the Villans won only one out of the first seven.
However, if there’s someone who knows about Championship promotions, it’s Steve Bruce. The former Manchester United hero has been promoted four times as a manager, twice with Hull City and twice with Villa’s arch rivals, Birmingham City. He holds the record for the manager promoted to the English top flight most times.
Villa are also on a massive winning streak at the moment, winning their last seven matches, and all games from now on look winnable for the claret and blues. They did, however, lose in the FA Cup Third Round to Peterborough United, which does mean they have to focus on the bread and butter of the league.
This season has also seen a lot of positive transfers going on at Villa Park, with incomings such as Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamedy and John Terry all bringing the experience that is needed to push on, as well as youngsters coming in including Axel Tuanzebe and Sam Johnstone.
Some unreal talent has come through the door as well, such as recently Lewis Grabban who was Sunderland’s top scorer this season with 12 goals, and Robert Snodgrass. Without these aforementioned players, there is no chance that Bruce’s men would be anywhere near where they are.
At Aston Villa, they have an amazing squad which is very capable of ripping any Championship team apart. They also have a manager who is hungry for more success and has done this many times before, and that is a recipe for brilliant success and most probably, a Premier League return in the Second City.