Villa Park, 15:00 Saturday
Aston Villa host Liverpool on Saturday afternoon in a meeting that brings together two sides who endured difficult first halves of the season; Paul Lambert’s beleaguered side sit 13th, 10 points behind the 8th-placed Reds. Villa are without a victory in their last six league games; a run which has yielded just 3 points (from three home draws), and a solitary Christian Benteke goal (in the 1-1 against Manchester United). Brendan Rodgers’ side, on the other hand, only fell to defeat in the first of their last six; since losing 3-0 away to United, they’ve taken 11 points and hit their best form of the campaign thus far. Both Villa and Liverpool recorded victories in the FA Cup Third Round two weeks ago and face Championship opposition in next weekend’s Fourth Round – Liverpool also have a pair of League Cup Semi Finals with Chelsea either side of their FA Cup tie. Given their seasons so far, league points are of paramount importance to supporters of both sides this weekend – the home support will be desperate for points to move Villa out of the reach of the bottom three, whilst the visitors are keen to continue closing the gap to sides competing for European qualification, in order to mitigate the impact of their poor autumn form.
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You looked set for a decent season after a bright opening but that familiar inertia appears to have returned to Aston Villa – you’ve appeared stuck on repeat for a number of seasons now and must fear that its increasingly difficult to find a new gear?
Chris: “Definitely. Aston Villa have become one of those clubs that just seem to circle the plughole for a few seasons, and they only end up going one way. The last couple of signings we made in the summer, along with our good start, shook me out of my belief that this would be Villa’s year to drop, but performances on the pitch haven’t lived up to those expectations.”
Without any kind of leadership from upstairs, this is a club that is trying to stay in the Premier League without acting like a Premier League club. We need a viable direction, at the very least, and we need it soon.
You seemed upbeat about your Manager earlier in the season – what are your thoughts on Paul Lambert at this stage, and what’s the feeling amongst supporters?
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