After a dismal loss of form in December, Villa went into 2018 with question marks on whether they’d even make the play-offs, but January’s 100% run soon got them back on track.
Kick-started by a 5-0 win over Bristol City on New Year’s Day, 2018 has been flawless so far in terms of league wins, extending into February with last weekend’s 3-2 win over Burton at Villa Park.
Fulham were the only other team in the Championship to register an 100% record in the January fixtures, topping the January form table on goal difference.
Similarly, Fulham also pip Villa on goal difference on complete 2018 form, both are 100% with five wins.
Before the Burton game, the Birmingham Mail had wrongly reported that Villa were the top form team of the 2018 ,it’s still not true, but with Villa and Fulham scheduled to play each other on February 17th, that could soon change.
Villa do however boast the best league form in the Championship over the last six games (including their 1-0 win away at Middlesbrough at the end of 2017), with their six wins on the trot making it almost inevitable.
The most important thing about Villa’s recent form is the points that Villa have managed to claw back on the current principal automatic promotion candidates.
Over the past six games Villa have gained five points on Wolves (all in January’s games), six on Derby, despite the Rams being on an 11-match unbeaten run, then 11 points on Cardiff City.
The next four games will all present tough challenges, in terms of the context of the Championship, so it will be interesting to see how far Villa can keep their winning-run going.
The Blues recent resurrection puts them fourth in the current form table (last six games), while Fulham (A) and Preston (H) are 5th and 7th in the league table, respectively. The final game of February sees a trip to Sheffield Wednesday, a team that have beaten Villa twice in their three recent Championship clashes.
While it’s a tough call, if Villa win out this month, then they should have a play-off spot pretty much locked down and could have probably overtaken Derby for second.
Remember though, it’s never that easy with Villa…