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Can Aston Villa Survive In The Championship?

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Many of us are aware of the demise of Aston Villa in recent seasons. But do Aston Villa really have themselves a big problem as of now?

Villa were an established team in the Premier league for many years but their best players got sold on and couldn't be replaced. Now they sit 17th in the Championship with no win since boxing day last year. Their last win was against Burton Albion at Villa Park.

Villa have the joint second worst attack in the league, scoring just 30 goals. However, 11 of these have come from Jonathan Kodjia. Without him, Aston Villa would be in very big trouble this season.
They are only six points off the drop and play Derby County this weekend at Villa Park. Derby haven't won in their last three games and it will prove to be a very important fixture for both teams.

Steve Bruce's side have to pull something out of the bag rather soon if they want to survive to drop this season. Bruce managed to sign Scott Hogan from Brentford in the January transfer window. Since then, Hogan has made four appearances and has failed to get himself on the scoresheet.

They still have ex-premiership players in the squad. These include the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Craig Gardner, Alan Hutton, James Chester and Micah Richards. Out of the whole squad, there are only 6 goal scorers this season. This may be the main problem for Villa because if they don't see improvements anytime soon they will slowly be slipping down the league and falling below the red line.

Despite poor form, the average attendance at Villa Park this season is around 30,000. Not too bad considering the results they are getting. It just shows how supportive fans can be even in the darkest of times. Although, there have been protests in recent years towards Ex-Chairman, Randy Lerner.

Back in June 2016 Tony Xia, owner of Group Recon, bought out Aston Villa from Randy Lerner. Xia then became the new chairman of Aston Villa football club. This gave fans a fresh sense of relief. They felt that this was a new start and things would now change with how the club was run.
After Rotherham, Villa have one of the poorest forms in the Championship. They have no wins in 10 games. Eight of those games have been losses as well. With only 8 wins from 32 games so far it is a critical time for the fans, players and the manager to urge themselves towards better performances and get behind their side.

As said before their home attendances should bring in an atmosphere to give the players the support they need. Without the Villa supporters, the club may be in an even worse position.

Their next 3 fixtures are up against Derby, Bristol City and Rotherham meaning that Villa really need to step up in these upcoming games. All these three opponents are struggling themselves with current form. Bristol City lie in 21st place and Rotherham are bottom with only 17 points from 33 games. Rotherham also have let in a staggering 73 goals.

In their next fixtures, Villa will know how vital it is to win points as it will be a key factor to their final league position this season. Each game will be a 6 pointer. But can Villa survive in the Championship?
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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