Aston Villa projected Champions League opponents and fixtures after top four confirmed

Aston Villa will be playing Champions League football next season
Aston Villa will be playing Champions League football next season -Credit:Christian Liewig - Corbis/Getty Images

Aston Villa have secured their place in next season's Champions League thanks to results elsewhere.

Tuesday night saw Tottenham Hotspur face Manchester City in North London. Spurs lost 2-0 at home thanks to a brace from Erling Haaland to move Man City one step closer to the Premier League title.

For Villa, the result means that the fourth spot in the table is secure. Unai Emery's side are now four points ahead of Tottenham with just one match left to play, meaning they are guaranteed to finish in fourth place in the final league standings.

As a result, Villa will now have Champions League football to look forward to next season. And already there will be an eye on which teams Villa could be playing against in next season's revamped competition.

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Villa are projected to be in pot four for the Champions League next term, according to Football Rankings (@FootRankings on X). They are projected to be in the same pot as the likes of Monaco, Bologna, Girona and Stuttgart, who are already confirmed in the competition next term.

The new Champions League format will see an end to the group stages and have 36 teams feature in one league table. However, each team will play eight matches across the initial stage with the opponents determined by the seeding and which pot they are handed.

For Villa, they will play two teams from each of the four pots, with one at Villa Park and the other away from home. The other three pots are yet to be decided but some potential opponents are already emerging.

Manchester City and Liverpool are projected to be in pot one alongside the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and RB Leipzig. Pot two will include several other big teams including Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, AC Milan and Juventus, while pot three looks set to include Sporting Lisbon, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven.