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Thursday 12 December 2019

Can Aston Villa avoid unwanted Premier League records?

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde looks likely to be the man to oversee their relegation.
Aston Villa boss Remi Garde looks likely to be the man to oversee their relegation.

Aston Villa are marooned at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, 11 points from safety and in danger of breaking unwanted records. They have already set a new club record of 19 league games without victory having not won since the opening day of the season.

Villa, just one of seven ever-present Barclays Premier League team, have survived by the skin of their teeth over the last few years and now look set to finally drop with Remi Garde, their third manager in less than a year, inheriting a a dressing room short of confidence.

Here Press Association Sport takes a look at the records Villa will be hoping to avoid in the remainder of the season.


With just eight points from 20 games there seems no way back for Villa although they should at least beat Derby's record-low total of 11 points.


The Rams also scored the fewest goals, 20, during their disastrous 2007-08 campaign. Villa, who have netted 16 times, only need to score another four to avoid setting a new record.


They would also have to lose 16 of their last 18 games to eclipse Derby's record of most defeats - 29 - so there is at least a crumb of comfort for Villa fans. But should the club lose their next four matches - starting with Tuesday's visit of Crystal Palace - they will, statistically, be the joint-worst team after 24 games with Derby.


Derby's wretched total of 11 points will surely not be under threat. Sunderland only earned 15 points in 2005-06 and Villa must double their points tally in the second half of the season to beat them. The Black Cats had previously set an all-time low of 19 when they finished bottom in 2002-03, winning just four times and losing 27. Villa's local rivals Wolves finished bottom with 25 points - a figure Garde could only dream of right now - in 2011-12 which was still the fifth worst total since the league switched to 20 teams in 1995. Watford's tally of 24 in 1999-2000 - under former claret and blue boss Graham Taylor - also looks safe as Villa lurch from one crisis to another.


Saturday's draw at Wycombe meant Garde has failed to win any of his first 10 games since he replaced Tim Sherwood in November. The former Lyon boss has been placed in an impossible position as he attempts to avoid taking Villa down. Before Christmas he set them a 10-win target for survival but they are on course for the club's worst Premier League tally. Their lowest-ever total which saw them survive was last season's 38, which they also achieved under Alex McLeish in 2011-12, finishing 17th, and in 2013-14 where they ended 15th under Paul Lambert. In Lambert's first season in charge - 2012-13, where he was forced into bargain buys - the Scot kept them up with a total of 42. Lambert left almost a year ago, to the delight of Villa fans, but Sherwood and now Garde have failed to arrest their slide.

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