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Ian Wright has told the Wrighty’s House podcast that he does believe Aston Villa could make it into the Champions League qualification spots this season.

Villa are currently in 11th place in the Premier League table, but they have four games in hand over many of the teams around them.

Such is the cluttered nature of the Premier League this term that if Villa are able to win their spare games then they could climb right into title contention.

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And Wright actually believes that a push for the Champions League spots is within reach of Dean Smith’s men.

“I don’t expect Villa to do it [win the league] but just being able to think that if Villa, if they win those games, they can have a blast at let’s say Champions League,” Wright said.

“Yes I can [imagine them in the Champions League]. If they go Champions League then that really gets Jack Grealish’s juices flowing and it’s a team you want to play for.

“There’s a vibe, there’s a young swagger.”

If Villa are to make it into the top four then they will have to cope with a challenging fixture schedule for the rest of the seasons.

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Villa’s recent postponements mean that they will be very busy until the end of the campaign, with the claret and blues having more league games to play than any other Premier League side.

Villa return to action later today against Manchester City, and if they are able to win at the Etihad Stadium then belief really will start building around Villa Park, that they could earn a spot in Europe’s top competition.

Wrighty’s House is the latest podcast from The Ringer with host Ian Wright with new episodes every Wednesday. The podcast will be available exclusively on Spotify. You can listen here.

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