9th: Aston Villa.
Villa are a very hard team to assess this season. Owner Tony Xia has fuelled the club with financial issues which has prevented them from making any real signings. On the contrary, the fact they’ve managed to hold onto their star players is quite impressive, and that could stand them in good stead for this coming season. Aston Villa have a huge squad with plenty of former Premier League players and they can play some very good football but the issues with Xia will cause the club issues [similar to Newcastle and Mike Ashley] which could turn the club against itself. Aston Villa have a squad more than capable of getting into the play-offs but it’s a matter of keeping the club stable and settling financial issues first.
Millwall were last years surprise package, they managed to finish 8th after challenging for a play-off spot for the majority of the season. The Lions moulded their season around their fantastic home form where they made the Den a fortress. Millwall definitely are lacking a goalscorer though with Lee Gregory being their main striker but only managed 10 goals in a 46 game season. During the transfer window, Millwall haven’t made any major signings or any major sales, which may not be awful seeing as they’re going into this season with the same squad they succeeded so much with last year.