In a thriller of a match that 100% reflected the stakes at hand, Aston Villa defeated Derby County 2-1 to secure Premier League promotion.
Enormous financial implications
A lot of ink has been spilled the past week about the financial implications of today’s Aston Villa vs Derby County EFL playoff.
In short, winning promotion from the Championship League to the Premier League is a transformative financial event. From TV revenue share to potential relegation parachute payments, this one single game has more on the line than any other game in any other sport.
Aston Villa. Derby County.— ESPN (@espn) May 27, 2019
A spot in the Premier League and A LOT of money on the line. pic.twitter.com/SUQ7fFTzi4
And as Forbes wrote earlier this week, both of these clubs, like, reeeaallly need the money too.
Breath a sigh of relief, Aston Villa fans. Your club has been saved.
What now for Aston Villa?
Welcome back, Aston Villa. The Villans (easily the best of their nicknames) were relegated from top division football after the 2015-16 campaign. However, given their reported financial mess, don’t expect a Wovlerhampton-esque run up the Premier League table.
This club needs to:
- stabilize itself financially,
- come up with and execute a strategy (and buy players accordingly) that will keep themselves in the Premier League for another year, and
- then build on that sound financial ground to regain some semblance of their past glory years.
The Villans were once a legit top division team, with a more storied history than FFP violating Manchester City.
- Villa finished second in the inaugural Premier League season (1992-93) to Manchester United (already promoted Norwich was third that year).
- They won England’s top division in 1980-81.
- The Villans also had a string of top 6 finishes in the Premier League from 2007-2010.
Aston Villa Title Odds
Nothing to see here. Aston Villa’s 2019-20 Premier League title odds were immediately placed at +25000 on FanDuel Sportsbook NJ. Over at DraftKings Sportsbook they’re +200000 to win and +30000 for a top 4 finish.