Ray Houghton suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning that Aston Villa could relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
“I think this could be the year, unfortunately, (but) I really hope not,” said the former Villa midfielder when asked about the team’s chances of getting relegated this season.
“The worry is that they are conceding at one end,” added Houghton. “The other factor is ‘how many goals are they going to score?’”
Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just five points from 12 matches.
Sunderland are second from bottom with six points, while Bournemouth are a place and two points above the Black Cats.
Newcastle are another side who are in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
The Magpies are 17th in the league table at the moment, but Steve McClaren’s side are only two points above the bottom three.
Villa have a new manager in charge, Remi Garde, whose main priority is to get the team back to winning ways.
It is not going to be easy for the Villans, who are struggling to score goals and are conceding at the other end.
Garde’s team will take encouragement from their defensive performance against Manchester City just before the international break, though.
Villa held the Citizens to a goalless draw at Villa Park in the Premier League, and Garde will probably be happy with a similar result against Everton away from home at Goodison Park on Saturday.