Jamie Carragher has explained that he worries for Aston Villa in their fight against relegation and believes their remaining fixtures are a concern.
Sky Sports pundit Carragher has highlighted the team’s struggles against the top teams in the division this season and feels they are in a precarious position.
Dean Smith’s side sit 17th in the table just a point above the relegation zone and after the weekend’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City will be focusing on trying to stay in the top-flight.
The Midlands club turned in a poor display at the weekend in the 2-0 loss to Southampton, while the weekend before they were beaten 3-2 by Tottenham courtesy of a stoppage time winner from Heung-Min Son.
It’s extremely congested down the bottom end of the table and Villa are going to need to try pick up a few more wins to avoid the drop.
“I’ve got a stat on them here and it’s a real worry for them in terms of going down. They have actually only got one point this season against the top nine in the Premier League as we see it right now,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Premier League channel (7:10pm, 24 February).
“Seven of their last 11 games are against that top nine and that’s why I really worry for them. I think Villa and West Ham are vying for that last position.”
Villa’s remaining matches against the division’s top nine include home matches against Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United, Arsenal and Sheffield United, as well as trips to Leicester City and Liverpool.
They will need to try pick up as many points as possible in those fixtures, but they are all going to be extremely tough against teams vying for Europe.
That leaves fixtures against Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Everton and the final day against West Ham are potentially four massive games that will decide their season.