Premier League 2019/20: Villa to stay up? Newcastle for top four?

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith
Dean Smith's Villa are 6/4 for the drop

Villa are back in the top-flight but can they stay up? And with Newcastle reportedly set for a billionaire takeover, are the Magpies in for a big season? Max Liu assesses the odds.

"You can get 20/1 on Newcastle finishing in the top four in 2019/20."

Aston Villa are 6/4 to be relegated next season after they grabbed the last place in the 2019/20 Premier League by winning their play-off final against Derby County.

Dean Smith's men return to the big time after two seasons in the Championship but the odds indicate they will be in a battle to survive. The good news, however, is that Villa are a long price for the drop than the both the other promoted teams - Norwich, who are 10/11 for relegation, and Sheffield United 8/11.

The Canaries and the Blades went up automatically, finishing 18 and 13 points ahead of Villa respectively. But the Midlands team's late season form has been phenomenal since Smith took over and their big club name recognition perhaps backs bettors' confidence in them.

Added to that are reports today that Jack Grealish has said he won't leave the club this summer. The boyhood Villa fan had attracted interest from top-six Premier League clubs, including Tottenham. Grealish played a big part in Villa's promotion and should now have a significant role in their fortunes in the top flight.

Newcastle 20/1 for top four finish amid takeover rumours

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Is Mike Ashley finally on the verge of selling Newcastle United? Fans certainly hope so, following reports that UAE billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan wants to buy the club.

The news suggests that Newcastle could be the latest Premier League club to have their fortunes transformed by new owners who will give funds to the manager to bring in players. The odds indicate, however, that the impact won't be as dramatic as some fans may hope - not straightaway anyway.

You can get 20/1 on Newcastle finishing in the top four in 2019/20.

The takeover could, however, help the club to hold on to manager Rafael Benitez.

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