Carragher: Aston Villa will be safe at the end of the season

Aston Villa are currently locked in the thick of the relegation fight.

Jamie Carragher has told the Chronicle that he believes Aston Villa will be a Premier League club next year.

Villa are currently just two points above the drop-zone, but Carragher has backed them to get out of trouble in their remaining few fixtures.

He feels that Tim Sherwood's men's last three matches - against West Ham United, Burnley and Arsenal - present them with a good opportunity to pick up points and the former Liverpool defender expects them to move away from the bottom three.

“I think Villa are okay," he said. "Obviously they’ve got some work to do but I think they’re okay in the fact that they’ve got a couple of fixtures that I can see them getting points out of."

Villa have certainly been impressive in recent weeks, with Sherwood's arrival at the club seemingly sparking them into life.

The Claret and Blues have become one of the most threatening attacking teams in the division and it would be a major surprise if they were dragged back into trouble if their currently standards can be maintained.

It means that Carragher's prediction looks to be a safe one, but it is bad news for Sunderland and Hull City.

Sunderland and Hull have been fighting against the drop all season, and Carragher thinks it will be between those two when it comes to determining who will occupy the final space in the relegation zone alongside Burnley and Queens Park Rangers.

“There are strange things happen at this time of the season but I think Hull and Sunderland are the ones who’ve got it all to do," he said.

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