Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has predicted in The Daily Mail that Aston Villa will avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Villa are currently second from bottom in the league table with 22 points from 27 matches, level on 17th-placed Queens Park Rangers, who have a game in hand.
New manager Tim Sherwood has a massive task on his hand, especially as the Villans are in a wretched run of form at the moment.
Villa have lost their last seven Premier League matches, including the last two that Sherwood has been in charge of.
However, Redknapp believes that former Tottenham Hotspur manager Sherwood will be able to keep Villa in the Premier League, but he insists that it will not be easy.
“In the last 10 seasons, the average number of points needed to stay up has been 36,” the 41-year-old wrote in The Daily Mail.
“This season it could be even lower. Either way, Aston Villa face an uphill struggle. Tim Sherwood’s side are 14 points shy of that average with 11 games left.
“They’ll need at least three or four wins but when they have won just five all season, and with away games at Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City and Southampton to come, that’s easier said than done. I think they will survive but Sherwood has to make the numbers add up.”
Can Aston Villa stay up?
The way things are going for Villa, they seem to be heading towards relegation to the Championship. The Villans’ form has been truly bad, and their goalscoring problem seems to persist.
However, fortunately for Villa, other teams in and around the relegation zone are also struggling, and this could eventually prove to be beneficial for them.
Leicester City are four points adrift at the bottom of the table and looked doomed for relegation, while Burnley, QPR, Sunderland, Hull City and even Everton are in the mix.
However, Villa cannot rely on other teams to drop points. Sherwood needs to start getting results, starting with today’s home clash against West Bromwich Albion.