Bookies have their say on Steven Gerrard’s chances of success at Aston Villa
Hero or Villan? All the odds ahead of Steven Gerrard's Premier League return in the claret and blue of Aston Villa.
Steven Gerrard has just confirmed what Aston Villa fans have been banging on about for years: Aston Villa are a big club.
But what do the bookies think about the move? Will the Villa job be a stepping stone to the Anfield role everyone believes Gerrard craves?
Or is the 41-year-old ill equipped to manage in the Premier League after just over three years in what is effectively a two-club division.
Planet Sport takes a look at possible scenarios along with the odds from Planet Sport Bet on them happening.
Aston Villa win their first match under Steven Gerrard
Gerrard has a 100% win ratio for first games in charge, having guided Rangers to a 2-0 Europa League win on his managerial debut.
North Macedonian minnows Shkupi were their opponents and it proved to be a nervy opener for the managerial rookie, with the win only sealed in injury time. Rangers' first test in the league under Gerrard's stewardship was a trip to Aberdeen which ended in a 1-1 draw.
His first Premier League match in the dugout will see Villa welcome Brighton to Villa Park and it represents a very winnable fixture.
The Seagulls are winless in six and despite only losing one of those games, they have failed to beat Norwich and Newcastle in that sequence.
An optimistic Brighton fan will say that they have also held both Arsenal and Liverpool but with a pumped up Villa Park behind him, the Gerrard era should start with a victory.
Aston Villa finish top half
Dean Smith was sacked following a run of five successive defeats in which 13 goals were shipped but despite that, Villa are only five points off the top five.
Buendia has struggled to fill the void which is not a surprise considering his success at Norwich was predominantly from the right wing.
Aston Villa finish inside the top six
Aston Villa win the FA Cup
Aston Villa are relegated
With no previous experience of a relegation scrap, either as a player or a manager, Gerrard might wish he'd stuck it out at Rangers.
At least the worst that could have happened there was finishing second.
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