After narrowly escaping relegation last year, things had to change at Villa Park. Out went Alex McLeish, and in came Paul Lambert.
The mood has definitely been lifted at Villa Park, and the only thing left is for the team to produce results on the pitch. The club starts their campaign tomorrow when they travel to newly promoted West Ham.
Lambert knows the importance of the match and told a press conference today, "We have to hit the ground running, and that is what we will try and do."
Here are three keys to the game that could give Villa the winning start that they crave after their dismal performance last season.