Aston Villa results compared to last season (after 15 equivalent games)
The last five games prior to taking on Manchester United were deemed to be a slightly easier period for Villa but it hasn’t quite been that way. A dull draw against Sunderland and a loss to Fulham were disappointing, but we did enjoy a decent run of form and a good win at Southampton. The derby against West Brom that promised to be a feisty encounter also lived up to its billing. Let us again take a look at how we have faired over the past five games in relation to last season.
Aston Villa results from games ten to fifteen with last season’s corresponding result in brackets
Cardiff (h) W 2-0 (W 3-2 – compared to QPR)
West Brom (a) D 2-2 (D 2-2)
Sunderland (h) D 0-0 (W 6-1)
Southampton (a) W 3-2 (L 4-1)
Fulham (a) L 2-0 (L 1-0)
Points difference compared to fixtures last season – +1
Goals scored – 7 (11)
Goals conceded – 6 (10)
After 15 Games Total
Points difference compared to the same fixtures last season – +6
Goal difference compared to same fixtures last season – +14
Goals scored – 16 (19)
Goals conceded – 18 (35)
It’s been a strange few games for Aston Villa and it’s been difficult to predict which side will turn up. We’ve seen the battling spirit (against West Brom), the team grinding out results (against Cardiff and Southampton) and the team that represented the dark moments of last season (against Fulham).
There’s no denying that we’re still improving, however, and we’re six points better off than we were after the same 15 games last season. It’s a decent improvement, although more improvement is needed considering the team’s woeful record last season.
The style of football has baffled many. It’s a departure from what we saw last season. At the same time, it seems to be achieving some decent results. Who knows how Lambert will set the team up for the next five games with increasing pressure from fans over poor performances, listed below:
Manchester United (h) (L 3-2)
Stoke City (a) (W 3-1)
Crystal Palace (h) (L3-0 – comparing Crystal Palace to Wigan)
Swansea City (H) (W 2-0)
Sunderland (a) (W 1-0)
It’s another slightly friendlier run after the first five games early in the season. While the home loss against United mirrors the same result last season and will be counted in the next five game report, Villa will need a minimum of three wins out of four to match last season’s corresponding results. We all know how well we do away from home so there’s the opportunity for some good results against Sunderland and Stoke. Home games against Crystal Palace and Swansea might be edgy with our home form, but generally there’s the chance to carry on making progress up the table.
Villa have had their critics this season due to their tactics, with 0-0 results recalling bygone managerial eras, but it has been encouraging to see Villa keep it fairly solid in defence (certainly compared to last season). Let’s hope it’s an enjoyable set of games to add to the Christmas festivities. UTV.
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