After a somewhat shaky start to the season in which Steve Bruce no doubt came close to getting the boot from the dugout, the tables have been turned and suddenly Villa are in a strong position to launch a promotion assault in the new year.
Despite being ten points behind second place Cardiff, with 24 league games still to go anything can happen with the fall back of the playoffs should automatic promotion to big a hurdle to overcome.
With this in mind, we look at the reasons why the Villains WILL get promoted this no matter the method.
Let Adomah shoot
Our Ghanaian winger may have recently expressed his unhappiness at his poor assists record, but it is his shots on target to goal ratio that is the reason he is a key player and will be vital in the second half of the season.
Adomah has so far had 27 shots this season with 16 of those on target. This that 59% of all Adomah’s shots go on target of which he has scored ten in the league.
That percentage stat is only bettered by three players in the championship this season with Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp boasting the best record with 73%.
Bruce is an old hat
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is proving that experience counts when guiding a team to lofty heights and Steve Bruce is of the same Warnock ilk (although perhaps a little less scary).
Both managers have been there and done it in the Championship with Brucey having won promotion to the Premier League four times in his managerial career (Twice with Birmingham and twice with Hull).
This will count for much in the run-in and could well be worth a few extra precious points as the pressure starts to tell on those at the top.
From defeats to points
The next match against Sheffield United marks the halfway point of the season and Villa are a much-improved side than last year.
In the 2016/17 campaign, sixteen defeats blighted any chance of bouncing back to the Premier League, but things are looking up this campaign.
Just five losses have been recorded in our 22 outings so far meaning a trend of just ten defeats on the cards is more than realistic.
We also recorded just sixteen wins last season but have well over half that already with ten before the mid-point of the campaign meaning a stark improvement is all but assured.
The trend for Villa looks much brighter and although nothing in football is guaranteed, at least Aston Villa finally have everything at their disposal.
If you’re a betting person, now might be the time to back the boys as the signs are there that this is our time to get back to the top.