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Villa's Battle For 4th Place - We Can Do It!

Villa's Battle For 4th Place - We Can Do It!

Statsmasters 'battle for 4th' predictions

Hello Hello, Just thought I'd share my thoughts regarding the run-in towards the end of the season.

Much has been said, and although we're still a good few games off finishing, fans of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Villa will probably all agree that this season is shaping up to be the most exciting finish for some time.

Just a couple of interesting points on villa.

Firstly, in the last 2 seasons we took a total of 6 points off the so-called 'top 4', whereas this season, we already have a haul of 11 points, with Chelsea still to play at the bridge..

Secondly, we're 1 point above where we were in 07/08, and 6 points behind where we were last season.

However, as villa fans, we all remember very vividly what happened at this stage last season, we went on to get 4 points in 8 games. This season, we have a little more strength in depth (with the possible exception of up front). With this in mind, I've done what the lads on vital Spurs have done, and (albeit using my villa-tinted glasses) tried to predict how our results might go, and how the results of our 3 friends might fall.

This is how I see our remaining fixtures panning out:

Sunderland (H) - Draw - 1 point
Stoke (A) - Draw - 1 point
Wigan (A) - Win - 3 points
Wolves (H) - Win - 3 points
Chelsea (A) - Loss - 0 points
Bolton (A) - Win - 3 points
Everton (H) - Draw - 1 point
Pompey (A) - Win - 3 points
Birmingham (H) - Draw - 1 point
City (A) - Draw - 1 point
Blackburn (H) - Win - 3 points
Hull (A) - Win - 3 points

Again, maybe a slightly villa-biased view, but certainly not beyond the realms of possibility given the games we have. This would yield us a return of 68 points. I've done the same thing for our competitors, although I wont share those predictions with you as I don't know if my flame suit will hold up against 4 clubs fans, let alone just ours! But, based on my predictions, I get to this as the final top-4 standing:

4 Villa 68
5 Liverpool 67
6 Man City 64
7 Tottenham 63
8 Everton 62

Everton do have a relatively easy run in, but that 7 points does make a heck of a difference, and I believe it would take something extra special from them to force it into the 4th spot. Anyway, just my thoughts at this stage, and as we all know, it's a funny old game!

Your thoughts appreciated!

Ericols_Son

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Writer:Ericols_Son
Date:Thursday February 25 2010
Time: 2:43PM

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Good article on the battle in the Times last Saturday (thanks to a mate who posted it through for me!)
Patrick Barclay, who often is a guest on the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports (love that show) predicts:
4th Villa
5th Liverpool
6th City
7th Spurs

He also says Villa were 'the most convincing contenders for years' last season but that we dropped off due to lack of depth, a problem he says this season we'll not suffer.
The Fear
25/02/2010 14:47:00
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Good article on the battle in the Times last Saturday (thanks to a mate who posted it through for me!)
Patrick Barclay, who often is a guest on the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports (love that show) predicts:
4th Villa
5th Liverpool
6th City
7th Spurs

He also says Villa were 'the most convincing contenders for years' last season but that we dropped off due to lack of depth, a problem he says this season we'll not suffer.
The Fear
25/02/2010 14:47:00
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Great article, thanks for the mention about Patrick as well Fear. I don't want to think about actually finishing 4th, but I can't help it, we are in with such a good shout and much like last season the only way we won't make it is if we fluff it ourselves
davidsands1982
25/02/2010 14:52:00
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Great article, thanks for the mention about Patrick as well Fear. I don't want to think about actually finishing 4th, but I can't help it, we are in with such a good shout and much like last season the only way we won't make it is if we fluff it ourselves
davidsands1982
25/02/2010 14:52:00
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With our defence (All Hail!!!) I can't see us randomly fluffing games against Wigan, Blackburn, Hull, etc ....

Very naive maybe but I feel we as Villains have just reason to be confident :-)
davidsands1982
25/02/2010 14:54:00
0
With our defence (All Hail!!!) I can't see us randomly fluffing games against Wigan, Blackburn, Hull, etc ....

Very naive maybe but I feel we as Villains have just reason to be confident :-)
davidsands1982
25/02/2010 14:54:00
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You still deploying that 11 man defence that you did against us (spurs) in the 2 games we've played this season....ONLY JOKING!!! you have the easiest fixtures if there is such a thing but your predictions leave you losing only 1 game in the next 12 and bearing in mind you've got 7 away and only 5 at home i think its a prediction def with villa tinted glasses, should go down to the wire and no matter what it will be close.
daveeeeed ginola
25/02/2010 15:16:00
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You still deploying that 11 man defence that you did against us (spurs) in the 2 games we've played this season....ONLY JOKING!!! you have the easiest fixtures if there is such a thing but your predictions leave you losing only 1 game in the next 12 and bearing in mind you've got 7 away and only 5 at home i think its a prediction def with villa tinted glasses, should go down to the wire and no matter what it will be close.
daveeeeed ginola
25/02/2010 15:16:00
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On your current poll how come you don't have an option of: Carling Cup AND FA Cup AND fourth?
chocolate teapot
25/02/2010 15:23:00
0
Well Mr Ginola we haven't lost in 2010 (yet :)) so why not only lose 1 out of 12??
avnath
25/02/2010 15:24:00
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