Jota excited at home debut


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Spanish star Jota says that he can’t wait to make his home debut for Aston Villa. The winger, who joined Dean Smith’s side in the summer, one of 12 new signings, is set to face Bournemouth on Saturday in the first home game of the season following the team’s promotion in May.

Saturday will see a very different Villa side to the one that won the Championship play-off at Wembley. Jota likely to be one of several new faces and the 28-year-old says he is excited at the prospect of running out at Villa Park as a home player for the first time.

He told the club’s official website: “When we played our first game in pre-season here in England, we had 10,000 supporters away. You feel ‘wow, I am in a big club’.

“They always support us wherever we go. They are always there for us. It’s unbelievable how they support the team. “Before I came here, I knew this club had a lot of history and that it was a big club in England. But now I am here, every day I feel more and more that this is a big club.”

Jota signed from Birmingham City in the summer, having spent two years at St Andrew’s, first coming to English football in 2014 when he joined Brentford. He came off the bench last Saturday as Villa got the new season underway with a defeat away at Tottenham.

Villa took the lead through John McGinn but goals from Tanguy Ndombele and two from Harry Kane gave the home side all three points. Bournemouth started the new campaign with a draw at home to another promoted side Sheffield United.

Villa are 2.38 to get their first victory of the season with Bournemouth 3.00 and the draw 3.50. Villa are 34.00 to be top of a Premier League excluding the “big six” with Bournemouth 23.00.

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