Remi Garde believes Aston Villa have one advantage over their relegation rivals

Aston Villa are competing against the drop with the likes of Sunderland, Norwich City and Newcastle United.

Remi Garde has told Aston Villa’s official website that he feels his side have an advantage over the rest of their Premier League relegation rivals.

Villa were 10 points adrift of safety and they looked doomed at one stage of the season.

Although the Claret and Blues’ chances of survival still look slim, Garde believes the fact his side are having to come from so far back could work in their advantage, as the pressure is off.

"In our position, we are nearly in the position where we have nothing to lose,” the French boss said.

"Just above us, they are in a different situation because they have quite a lot to lose because they are just above the relegation zone.

"Psychologically this fact could be important for us.”

Villa have won just three of their first 25 Premier League matches, but they have improved slightly in recent weeks.

The Midlands side have lost just one of their last five contests, and they beat Norwich City 2-0 in their most recent outing.

Villa’s next match comes against Liverpool later today, and a victory could bring them back into the thick of the relegation fight.

If Garde’s men are able to beat Liverpool they would move to within five points of safety, and that would increase optimism levels around Villa Park.

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