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Will Aston Villa qualify for Champions League this season?

Posted on | January 10, 2009 | No Comments

Aston Villa moved up to third place in Premier League table after 2-1 win in the local derby against West Bromwhich Albion this afternoon.

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Aston Villa are now one point behind Chelsea and three above Manchester United but with more games played. This is the 9th unbeaten gameĀ  for Villa and with a little luck they could finish top four.

Usually the Champions League places were occupied each year by theĀ  Manchester, Chelsea, Arsenal And Liverpool.

Last time when a different team occupied the Champions League place was in 2002-2003 season when Newcastle finished third. Since then only Everton had the chance once to play in Champions League but unfortunately for them Liverpool got the chance to defend the title and they finally played in Uefa Cup.

Now Villa could take advantage on the numerous injuries and the bad form that Arsenal is showing. The Gunners were saved by Nicklas Bendtner late strike in the match against Bolton Wanderers.

Manager Martin O’Neill’s contribution since he arrived at Villa Park is the most important factor in team evolution. The team started to trust in their chances and is playing better and better.

The team is young and if the key players are staying for a couple of years then they will surely succeed.

Even if they won’t qualify for Champions League this year they will be a difficult opponent for any team.

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