Very rarely does the Premier League go down to the last game to decide relegation, Champions League places and title winners, but it looks like this year it could happen. Aston Villa could be playing their final home game of the season knowing that they are still only three points above the relegation zone, and very much involved in the fight to avoid the drop. With Arsenal failing to grab all three points at home to Norwich on Saturday, the game is almost as important to away team, as Arsenal’s slip could see Spurs return to third place with a victory over Aston Villa.
Tottenham have helped Aston Villa in recent games, with two comfortable victories over fellow relegation candidates Blackburn and Bolton ensuring that neither have been able to close the gap on the Midlands team. Tottenham will not be looking to do any favours for Villa on Sunday though, with third place firmly in their sights as they look to overtake their North London rivals Arsenal. A draw for Tottenham will see them remain behind Arsenal, and with in form Newcastle chasing an unthinkable top four position, Tottenham will be going all out for the win.
For Aston Villa, the situation is not so clear. Depending on other results, they could afford to lose and still be safe with goal difference being massively in their favour compared to other teams below them. Similarly, they could draw and only be a point from safety going into a tricky last fixture against Norwich City. Villa are currently 15th in the table, but only three points ahead of 18th place Bolton. If Wigan continue their unbelievable recent form away to fellow strugglers Blackburn on Monday night, it will almost certainly relegate Blackburn and keep Wigan in the Barclays Premier League for one more season. For Villa fans, this will then focus their attentions on the results of both Bolton and QPR who are 18th and 17th respectively in the league. Bolton host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, whilst QPR are also at home as they play Stoke City. All three games, including Aston Villa against Tottenham, kick off at 2.00pm on Sunday, and all Villa fans will be keeping a close eye on all three results.
Villa know what they need to do to avoid any complications. Win one of their final two games and they will be safe, it is as simple as that. Unfortunately, winning has never been simple for them all season, and they are currently on a run of only one league win in their previous fourteen fixtures. A draw could see them mathematically safe depending on other fixtures, but Alex McLeish and his team should focus on the task in hand, as they know it is still in their hands whether they will survive the drop. With Villa suffering another turbulent week thanks to the brawl on Tuesday morning involving Chris Herd, James Collins and the injured Fabian Delph, Villa will want to make the headlines for the right reasons come Monday morning.
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