Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour told talkSPORT that he feels Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood would be happy with a point from the club’s first game of the Premier League season against Bournemouth.
Villa will likely be the slight favourites heading into the game against the newly promoted side, considering the fact that they have lost key players in the transfer window already.
It won’t be an easy game for Villa, because Bournemouth have the home advantage and they will be fully up for the occasion, looking to make the most of the momentum that they created for themselves last season.
“I think Tim Sherwood right now, he would probably snap your hand off for a point from that game,” he told talkSPORT.
Patience and trust
Aston Villa need to be patient because they may have to absorb some early pressure if Bournemuth come flying out of the traps.
The first game of the season is always an exciting affair and it’s likely that the home side will put their foot to the floor looking for an early goal.
In light of that, Sherwood needs to trust his key players in defence to see off a potentially difficult opening stage of the match.
He’ll know that over the course of 90 minutes, Villa should win the majority of man-for-man battles all over the pitch, which should help them to get at least a draw, if not more.