Relegation looms for Villa

On 15th April 2016 by Kieran

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Aston Villa are set for relegation on Saturday, bringing an end to the club’s long-held status of 28 consecutive seasons in the top flight of English football.  

This comes despite having spent a total of £52.5 million before the season began, in an attempt to reinvent the squad that narrowly escaped relegation in the previous season. An endeavour that clearly has not paid off, with relegation looking likely from the outset for the Midlands side.

Relegation has been a long time coming for Villa and having finished just three points away from the relegation zone last season, the Villans have not been quite so lucky this season. Having won their opening fixture away to Bournemouth, Villa only registered one point in their next ten matches. This not only saw them slip into the relegation zone after just seven games, but having dropped to the bottom of the table after ten games. A spot that they have occupied for the remainder of the season.

November and December saw Villa slowly pick up more points with draws away to Southampton, West Ham and fellow relegation zone competitors Newcastle United, although these were still littered amongst multiple losses. The most surprising ‘result’ coming in the form of a 0-0 draw against Manchester City.

Having failed to picked up any sort of form until mid-January, in which Villa took eight points from a possible fifteen through to the start of February, the best form of their season although this only totalled half of their current points total for the season. Although, having failed to make any much needed signings in the form of a goalkeeper or striker

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Aston Villa have scored just three goals in their last 8 matches, none of which have resulted in victory.

But since, Villa have lost eight consecutive matches. Their second worst run of defeats in the club’s history. Since that of eleven losses in a row dating back to 1963. However, with five matches still remaining for the Lions are still on track to clear this unwanted record.

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Before Villa’s match against Bournemouth they had only scored one goal in 456 minutes of Premier League action, although consolation goal from Jordan Ayew in their 2-1 loss, but with Norwich losing away to Crystal Palace they survived one more week.

This meant Villa require a win in each of their remaining five games, providing Norwich lose the remainder of their matches. But for a team who have failed to register a point in each of their previous eight matches, relegation is all but set in stone.

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