The Rams endured a truly woeful 2007/08 campaign where they suffered an incredible 29 league defeats on their way to a Premier League campaign totalling just 11 points.
It was a remarkable turn of events for the East Midlands outfit, especially as they entered that particular season still buzzing from their superb promotion via a playoff final win over West Bromwich Albion.
Everything that could have gone wrong for Derby seemingly did, and surely a season of such catastrophe could never be repeated, no matter how bad or dire one club’s situation appears.
Well, Aston Villa so far are actually making quite a good fist of it thus far this season.
Since winning the opening game of the season at Bournemouth, Villa have lost 11 of their ensuing 13 league matches [two draws] and currently sit bottom of the table with five points from 14 games.
5 - Aston Villa have the joint-fewest points of any team in any season in Premier League history after 14 matches. Struggle.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 28, 2015
Incredibly, that is exactly the same number of points that Derby managed at the same stage in 2007, and rather interestingly the Rams’ only win that season came by a similar 1-0 score-line.
Villa’s current shenanigans have already cost Tim Sherwood his job, and replacement Remi Garde saw his new manager bounce last just one game with a 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
The Villa Park outfit can’t defend, they seriously lack creativity but above all they appear unmotivated and resigned to defeat every time they step on to the field – a disastrous combination.
While they will surely exceed 11 points this season, it would take a brave man to bet against them not going down this season.