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Villa - Can they break the Top 4?


Life President
Oct 27, 2003
Aston Villa's win over Blackburn took them above Chelsea into third and more importantly for them, Arsenal's draw Spurs means the gap is now 7 points with 13 games to play.

Only once in the last five seasons has a team managed to break the top 4, Everton pipped Liverpool in 2005 but went straight out in the qualifying round of the Champions League whilst Liverpool snuck in through the back door having won it. So the last time a non 'Big 4' team made the League stages was Newcastle in 02/03 (they also finished in the Top 4 that season but went out at the qualifying stage in 03/04).

I for one would love to see Villa do it (even funnier if it was at the expense of Chelsea rather than Arsenal!). I find the Champions League fairly monotonous but it would be interesting to see how Villa got on there as O'Neill really is putting together an excellent side.

Would also be interesting to see how one of the big 4 coped if they were deprived of Champions League revenue for a couple of seasons.