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Sky Sports pundits disagree on Aston Villa potential

Published: Updated: 09:49, 20 Nov 2023
Former Villa star is attempting to calm expectations around Unai Emery's team

In the world of football, opinions often vary, and the latest disagreement comes from former Aston Villa player Lee Hendrie and fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. The two have different views on Aston Villa's chances of finishing in the Premier League top six.

Regular on Sky's Monday Night Football, and often heard in the booth commentating on huge Premier League clashes, former Valencia manager Gary Neville backed Aston Villa to finish sixth in the league before this campaign even began.

However, Lee Hendrie, former Villa star and one of Neville's colleagues at Sky, has rubbished the club's chances of securing a top-six finish in the Premier League table.

Despite the Villans currently holding the fifth position in the league table after 12 matches, Hendrie remains sceptical about their ability to maintain this standing.

Hendrie gave his views on the matter on BBC Sport show Kammy & Ben's Proper Football podcast.

Lee Hendrie, Commentator and Pundit at Sky Sports, said:

"I've said this to a lot of Villa fans, I don't get carried away. I think last season was really hard to judge. There were lots of teams that didn't perform, Liverpool, the Spurs, the Chelseas."

"I don't think we'll finish in the top six. I really think that's a big ask. Again, if they finished seventh, eighth, I think it'd be a really good season."

Hendrie went on to emphasise the need for Aston Villa to progress under Emery. He added:

"I think it's all about this progression that Villa need to sort of establish. I think that Unai will bring the players in and they will sort of progress on that. But I don't think they're going to end up finishing in the top six this season by any stretch."

The differing opinions of Hendrie and Neville reflect the unpredictable nature of football. While Hendrie remains cautious, Neville's prediction seems more optimistic.

As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see whose prediction comes true.

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