On current form, Aston Villa are set to finish comfortably outside the bottom three.
Villa have been superb since Tim Sherwood came in as manager and while the club may have suffered defeat in their last game against Swansea City, they remain in a good position to avoid the drop down into the Championship.
Sherwood’s side had started to build a little bit of momentum with three big wins in as many games, but they have suffered a setback and it will be interesting to see how they react after the international break.
He faces a challenge in terms of keeping everyone motivated and playing a positive brand of football and has suggested there is a very realistic worry that depression and getting used to losing games could set in all over again.
However, he’s a very positive coach who is always focusing on the plus points and that will work to the team’s advantage.
The paper suggests that Sunderland will also avoid the drop, with Burnley, QPR and Leicester City the teams tipped to drop down into the Championship.