Our match prediction:
With Aston Villa now sitting fifteen points adrift of safety ahead of their final six fixtures, it is now clear that they will be relegated at the end of the season, staying without the Premier League football. The arrival of French coach Remi Garde clearly did nothing to improve the club’s fortunes, and all that’s left now is to try and restore some pride after the seven-match losing run. It will not be easy for the players to rediscover their form now that the fans have turned against them as well, and we would not be surprised if they lose to Bournemouth as well. The Cherries have done surprisingly well to defy pre-season predictions, having all but secured Premiership survival with eight games to spare. They did since suffer heavy defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, but only after a three-match winning run saw them create quite a daylight between themselves and the bottom three. The game at Villa Park will seem as a perfect opportunity to end a poor run and we can see them piling more misery on the Villans.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.