Aston Villa come into the new season off the back of losing the Championship play-off final to Fulham.
It has been a turbulent time for Villa since they missed out on promotion to the promised land. Off-field difficulties have been compounded with issues in the squad, with it looking highly likely talisman Jack Grealish will be leaving the club this summer.
Nevertheless, Villa fans will be hopeful their club can bounce back and maybe even replicate last season’s achievements of a play-off place, if they do the right business in the transfer market this summer and get the 2018/19 campaign off to a strong start.
They will have a much better understanding of how likely the latter scenario is following the official announcement of the fixtures for the coming Championship season on Friday morning. Villa’s first six encounters have been confirmed as below…
August 6th – Hull City (A)
August 11th – Wigan (H)
August 18th – Ipswich (A)
August 21st – Brentford (H)
August 25th – Reading (H)
September 1st – Sheffield United (A)
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While it remains to be seen what shape this Aston Villa squad will be in by the time the summer transfer window slams shut, it’s a relatively easy start for the Midlands club. Hull and Reading just about avoided relegation last season, Sheffield United, Ipswich and Brentford all finished midtable and Wigan – albeit something of an unknown quantity – gained promotion from League One. Quite tellingly then, none of Villa’s first six games involve teams that made it to the 2017/18 playoffs.
That should see Villa start the season well – provided they can maintain a strong squad during the course of the summer.