Aston Villa boss Remi Garde believes his side still have a good chance of beating the drop despite sitting at the foot of the table and being without a win in 12 league matches, the Daily Star report.
The Villans head into their clash with Watford low on confidence and massively out of form.
Many pundits and Premier League observers have already tipped them to go down, and their last outing against Everton did little to sway such opinion as they crashed to a 4-0 defeat.
Newly-appointed boss Garde, however, hasn’t lost faith just yet.
“We are five points away from safety and, for the moment, that is not something that's unreachable,” the former Lyon boss was quoted as saying.
"I understand that people outside will bet on us being in this position at the end of the season, but I really think we have the possibility to close the gap."
“There are a lot of points left so why can't we do it? Statistics are one thing, but sometimes they are made to be challenged. It's not until we are in a position where we cannot do anything. I strongly believe we can.”
Villa avoiding the drop from this position would be some achievement, especially considering Sunderland’s likely improvement under Sam Allardyce plus the form of Saturday’s opponents Watford.
However, it is not impossible and Leicester City certainly came back from a worse position last season.
Villa boast quality in their squad and the likes of Jack Gealish, Rudy Gestede and Scott Sinclair have enough about them to create a spark and score important goals along the way.
Under the guidance of Garde, there have already been glimmers of improvement at Villa Park and it will be their home form which will ultimately decide their fate come next May.