Paul Merson's fears for Aston Villa ahead of Manchester City clash

The former Villa man thinks the club could get cut adrift at the bottom of the table.

Aston Villa's poor season came to a head recently when Tim Sherwood was sacked as the manager at the Midlands club.

Villa have now appointed his successor in Remi Garde and the Frenchman has a huge task in his opening game.

He welcomes an on the march Manchester City at Villa Park - perhaps the worst team to face in your opening Premier League appointment.

Former Villa attacker and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson fears the worst for Villa this weekend and for the season.

He stated in his column for Sky Sports:

"To start with this is already a tough game for Villa, add that to the fact they're struggling and I can't see anything but a City win.

"Villa might probably keep it tight for a while but they are lacking the spark and City head into the game on the back of an unbelievable result against Sevilla.

"Remi Garde has a lot of work to do and there are a lot of hard games in front of Villa. They could soon be cut adrift, that's the worrying thing."

He has a point. Villa will be stuck on four points after 12 games if they do lose to City, leaving them approximately 36 points from safety with just 26 games left in the season. That is not as many as it sounds.

A positive result this weekend might, in fairness, be asking too much of Garde but they need to come soon. Next up is Everton away, then Watford at home before Southampton and Arsenal after that. How many points can Villa realistically hope to collect from those fixtures?

Here's hoping Garde can turn things around, and fast.

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