Aston Villa’s previous problematic runs of losing games and not scoring goals are well documented, but fans will also remember a brief period before Christmas where we struggled to finish a game with 11 players.
A lot of the reds were due to very dubious ref decisions, whether it be Christian Benteke’s dismissal against Spurs or Gabby Agbonlahor’s against Manchester United. We still don’t seem to have shaken off that bad luck if Jack Grealish’s wrongful dismissal in the FA Cup quarter-final is anything to go by.
Villa’s bad luck with red cards, a possible lack of discipline coupled with a more resilient midfield this season sees them 19th in the Fairplay league. Thank god, there isn’t a Fair Play relegation spot for poor discipline like there is for Europa League qualification.
Still, there’s a team with a worse disciplinary record than even Villa in the Premier League and we happen to be playing them today…
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