Well, I held back from writing until I saw the Manchester City vs Wigan and Manchester Unitd vs West Ham games. I have to say I sighed a huge sigh of relief that Wigan lost. I work with a few Man City and United fans and I told the Citeh contingent not to take Wigan lightly and, funnily enough, I thought West Ham might do United tonight. So, where does this leave us?
We are currently in 17th place (34 points GD -24) with Wigan below us on 31 points (GD -21) but, crucially, with a game in hand. We are level with both Stoke and Sunderland on 34 points, with Norwich on 35 points, Newcastle on 36 points and Southampton on 38. For me, I think Southampton are now safe as they have enough about them to be just about out of the mire.
Now, if we look at the form guide from the last six games we get an interesting picture: Southampton are the 6th in-form side with Villa 8th. Wigan are 10th. The teams in freefall are Stoke, who are bottom, Reading 19th and Norwich 18th. So what does this all mean? Well, we are still in a very precarious position. I definitely think Wigan will win their game in hand and I actually think Wigan will almost certainly do their usual Houdini act, which means either Norwich or Stoke are favourites for that last position IF the form guide continues on its current trajectory.
Essentially, I am saying that I think we will be okay but obviously the Sunderland and Wigan games will see us up or down. Have a look at the latest betting offers to see if the bookmakers agree with the form table.
Moving on, personally I was very disappointed with a point against Fulham. It’s a game we should have won but threw away (although in truth Fulham probably will have felt that should have won it). I just hope we don’t come to rue that own goal (although I don’t blame Delph).
On another note, it is great to see Stan battling on and it looks like it is a battle that he is going to win. I have a lot of time for Stan and his remission is great news for him and his family. It makes me very proud to be a Villa fan seeing the support we have shown our players.
I think this weekend is going to be a very tense affair as rarely do we get anything from Manchester United so I just hope other clubs are able to do us a favour!