Despite the universal assumption that the opposite would happen, Tim Sherwood has pulled Aston Villa out of a seemingly certain nosedive towards the Championship.
Since the original gilet manager assumed the controls, the Villans have begun scoring goals and winning games, posting 11 of the latter and four of the former in five-and-a-half matches.
The slightly unorthodox slant on those stats can be put down to the fact he took the side by the short and curlies when entering the dressing room at half time in the FA Cup match against Leicester before officially appointed.
Now, in what is believed to be a world exclusive, the news.bwin.com can reveal the recipe behind Dr Sherwood’s Survival Syrup, the olde time elixir responsible for rescuing Villa from relegation.
His charges are 6/4 to down Swansea in the second city, with the Welsh raiders and the draw both 2/1 shots in the match betting.
75 per cent home win ratio
Villa have won three of four outings in front of the Holte End faithful under their new manager, with a 90th-minute penalty responsible for the sole blot on the ledger.
Only one Scott Sinclair
The serial loanee is enjoying a rare patch of regular first-team action since swapping the Manchester City doldrums for the relegation dogfight.
He has found the net in both home wins under Sherwood in which he was afforded minutes and can be backed at 17/4 to find the net against the Swans and 17/2 to do so as part another Villa victory.
One watershed away win
Sherwood specialises in Sunderland routs, having spanked them 5-1 at White Hart Lane in his previous position and his Villans ended a six-game run of away games without scoring last time.
It’s the kind of result that’ll see them attack guests who have won just four of their last 16 road fixtures in all competitions with renewed chutzpah come three o’clock on Saturday.
No more than one goal against
Just once in five (and a half) fixtures under the former Tottenham supremo have his troops given up more than a single goal.
Their last two wins have seen them progress to keep clean sheets against West Brom and Sunderland and they’re 7/4 to shut out Swansea.