Mark Lawrenson says these two Championship teams would easily beat Villa

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Mark Lawrenson says Aston Villa would lose to Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson says Premier League strugglers Aston Villa would be beaten by Championship clubs Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers.

The duo faced off on Wednesday evening with Blackburn the surprise victors, and Lawrenson believes the teams in the division are playing at a higher level than confidence sapped Villa are right now.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about the odds on favourites for relegation, Lawrenson said: 

"Blackburn and Middlesbrough would still beat Aston Villa. There's absolutely no chance [they would win]." He added about his fears for Villa... "They might go down again [to League One]."

Middlesbrough are third in the Championship, with Blackburn Rovers sit in 16th position.

Fellow pundit Paul Ince was more buoyant about Villa's chances of bouncing back to the Premier League.

He said: "They are not a bad team. They have got players who can go into the Championship and come back up [but] I look at the foreign players and games away at Rotherham and away at Leeds... will they fancy it?"

Villa have won only three games all season, one under Tim Sherwood on the first day of the season, and two under new boss Remi Garde after Sherwood was fired in late October.

They lost 3-1 at home to Everton on Tuesday night and look as good as down already with 10 games remaining, with only 16 points amassed all season long.

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