Aston Villa are set to lose out on approximately £22million in matchday income for the 2020-21 campaign. 

That is according to finance expert and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Villa released their annual report last Friday.

The club posted a £99.2m loss for the 2019-20 season and the balance sheets were hit hard by the pandemic blocking a number of revenue streams.

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Villa were forced to play six matches behind closed doors and estimate to have lost £36.1m as a direct result of Covid.

In 2020-21, however, Dean Smith’s side has been forced to play the entire season without fans.

Maguire explained that matchday income will be nonexistent in next year’s accounts but that increased TV money will make up some of the shortfall.

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“In the 2020-21 season, we’ve got zero ticket sales,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Villa normally will be making maybe £1m per match for a home fixture. So that will be going out of the equation.

“On the plus side, they’ve got 43 or 44 Premier League matches to squeeze in terms of revenue as opposed to 31 or 32.

“So while they’ll lose out on about £22m in matchday income, expect them to have more TV money.”

Aston Villa escaped relegation on the final day of the 2019-20 campaign in their first season after promotion from the Championship.

This season they have asserted themselves on the division and are currently in a comfortable 11th place with eight games to play.

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