Paul Merson predicts Aston Villa v Watford, dubs fixture a cup final

The Villans need to start picking up some points and should start v Watford this weekend.

Aston Villa suffered perhaps their worst defeat of the season at the weekend as they were thumped at Goodison Park by a rampant Everton side.

The result was poor but it was a fair representation of their performance.

Villa have changed their manager to Remi Garde but he is now realising just how big a challenge he has on his hands and this week he has confronted his first major dilemma at the club head on - dropping Jack Grealish to the under-21s for his recent behaviour off the pitch.

Now one of their former players has revealed his fears for the weekend tie with Watford. Paul Merson, who spent four years with Aston Villa toward the end of his career has called the game a cup final and he does not expect victory for his former club. He wrote in his Sky Sports column:

"I think this is Villa's biggest game for a long, long time. Watford are doing well, don't get me wrong, but Villa have to win this football match. They're being cut adrift at the moment.

"You look at the table, it's five points from safety already. I worry for Villa, it's a cup final, and one of their best players Jack Grealish is not playing. I have to go with a draw, I can't see Villa winning. I'm trying to make a case for them and I can't see it.

"It may be only November but Villa are in danger of leaving them too much to do in the remainder of the season if they do not start picking up results and fast at Villa Park."

Merson seems to think they can get one this weekend but if they play like they did against Everton at the weekend then it will be another fruitless weekend for the struggling club.

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