The former Chelsea captain’s move to the West Midlands sees Steve Bruce’s side head the market to finish top of the second tier next season
John Terry’s move to Aston Villa has been confirmed by the Championship club and they now head dabblebet’s Championship winner market, priced at 7/1 (8.0). Each way betting is available on the first three places a quarter of the odds.
Such was his desire not to play against former club Chelsea, it appears the 36-year-old turned down more lucrative offers from top tier sides to join the Villans, who are 12/5 (3.60) to secure promotion back to the Premier League, either automatically or via the play-offs.
Steve Bruce’s men will need significant improvement from last season’s showing to achieve that milestone though, having finished in 13th spot on 62 points, 32 behind eventual winners Newcastle and 18 off the play-off places.
Bringing in a player of Terry’s calibre is a statement of intent of course, but the club have splashed the cash since their relegation in April 2016, to no avail.
Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodija were both expensive acquisitions, costing around £23 million combined but failed to deliver enough firepower to a team that scored just 47 times in the 2016/17 campaign, the fourth worst tally in the division.
Kodija looked likely to miss the start of the new season after sustaining a serious ankle injury against Blackburn Rovers but the 26-year-old is seemingly making rapid progress and could be available for the opening clash against Hull City on 5th August. The home side are currently 13/10 (2.30) to kick off their season with a victory, the Tigers are 9/4 (3.25) to mark their return to the Championship with a victory while the draw is 23/10 (3.30).
Defence has actually Villa’s strong point in the second tier, so Bruce will hope that Terry’s presence will not only build upon their performances at the back but offer the leadership that has looked to be lacking at times.