Stan Collymore comments on Aston Villa’s survival chances

Aston Villa are struggling to avoid the drop from the Premier League.

Stan Collymore has written in the Bleacher Report that Aston Villa need to build on the win against West Bromwich Albion in order to survive in the Premier League this season.

The Villans returned to winning ways on Wednesday, when they got the better of West Brom 2-1 at Villa Park.

Christian Benteke’s penalty deep in injury time proved to be the difference between the two sides and rekindled Villa’s hopes of avoiding the drop to the Championship.

Tim Sherwood’s side are currently placed 17th in the league table with 25 points from 28 matches, just three points above the relegation zone.

Former Villa striker Collymore is unsure of the Villans’ survival in the Premier League and wants them to build some momentum.

“I can't feel safe for my own team either as Villa have Manchester City, Spurs, Manchester United and Southampton ahead,” the 44-year-old wrote in the Bleacher Report. “But we do have games coming up against teams around us as well.

“It's in Villa's own hands, and they need to build on the momentum from the last-minute win against West Brom. I would happily have Villa being knocked out of the FA Cup this weekend if it meant staying in the Premier League.”

Villa are in FA Cup action this weekend, when they take on West Brom at Villa Park in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Although the tie on Saturday is not going to directly affect Villa’s chances of Premier League survival, winning will enhance the players’ confidence and start building the momentum that Collymore speaks about.

With the likes of Leicester City, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland, Hull City and Everton all struggling, Villa do have a chance of avoiding the drop.

However, Sherwood’s side should not reply on other teams to drop points.

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