Is Dean Smith set to finish below Brentford at Aston Villa?

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New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith could have a tough time securing promotion this season, according to our latest odds.

Villa are currently 15th in the Championship, with just one win from their last 11 outings. They’re eighth in the betting to be promoted at 11/2.

Smith did a very impressive job at Brentford before moving to Villa Park. The Bees are sitting in seventh. We go 2/1 that his former side reach the Premier League for the first time.

West Bromwich Albion lead the way at 8/11 – the only side to be odds-on to go up.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s all change at Villa Park but the betting suggests fans will have to suffer at least another season in the Championship after this one.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

10 most likely sides to be promoted from Championship

West Brom – 8/11

Leeds United – 11/8

Middlesbrough – 6/4

Sheffield United – 7/4

Brentford – 2/1

Nottingham Forest – 5/1

Stoke City – 5/1

Aston Villa – 11/2

Derby County – 13/2

Norwich City – 8/1

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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