The Villa Fiver: Games 6 to 15
After being six points up on corresponding fixtures last season after the first five games of the season, the bright start that saw three wins in the first four fixtures (including an Anfield away win), then flipped to six losses on the trot. Those six losses included five games against the top six teams of last season, who Villa had faired well against, so how would that affect their initial improvement on last season?
We missed doing a Villa Fiver for games 6-10, so those games are combined here below.
After the losing 3-0 to Arsenal in the fifth game of the season, Villa went a further four games without scoring a goal, before the improved performance against Spurs (with the red card compromising the result) was the turning point for better fortunes for the claret and blue.
(Last season’s results in brackets)
Chelsea (a) L 0-3 (L 1-2)
Man City (h) L 0-2 (W 3-2)
Everton (a) L 0-3 (L 1-2)
QPR (a) L 0-2 (Cardiff D 0-0)
Spurs (h) L 1-2 (L 0-2)
West Ham (a) D 0-0 (D 0-0)
Southampton (h) D 1-1 (D 0-0)
Burnley (a) D 1-1 (Fulham L 0-2)
Crystal Palace (a) W 1-0 (L 0-1)
Leicester (h) W 2-1 (Norwich W 4-1)
Points difference compared to fixtures last season: 0
Points: 9 (9)
Goals scored: 6 (9)
Goals conceded: 15 (12)
Despite eight of the ten games ending winless, the games measured against corresponding fixtures last year are no worse or better off. It just goes to show what a poor season it was last season.
After 15 Games
Points difference compared to fixtures last season: +6
Points: 19 (13)
Goals scored: 10 (17)
Goals conceded: 19 (21)
Goal difference compared to fixtures last season – -5
While Villa are six point to the good over the corresponding fixtures last season they have scored almost half the goals they did last season, which is a cause for concern. The return of Christian Benteke though should hopefully remedy that situation. Also, hopefully Villa will score more than two goals in a game sometime this season!
The encouraging news is Villa should make further improvement on last season’s results as the same five corresponding fixtures last season that make up Villa’s next five games, only saw a return of two points. Villa would certainly look to improve on that by at least a minimum of four or five points.
Next five games – last season’s results
WBA (a) D 2-2
Man United (h) L 0-3
Swansea (a) L 1-4
Sunderland (h) D 0-0
Crystal Palace (h) L 0-1
One point from those three home games above is well below the standard expected, so a decent Christmas for Lambert’s men at Villa Park should bare further fruits of improvement on last season.
After only 38 points last season though, the big question is how big an improvement will it be?
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