Aston Villa are the Premier League’s least prolific net-bulgers, yet there’s little chance they’ll remain so come the conclusion of the campaign.
The Villans are currently even money favourites for the team-goal booby prize, but their resurgence under Tim Sherwood means they must be opposed.
When the former Tottenham manager assumed control of the good ship his charges had mustered a measly 13 goals in 26 games, a shabby nine strikes behind joint-next-worst attacks Leicester and Sunderland.
They’ve found the net 16 times in ten outings across all competitions since and now find themselves just one and two hits behind Sunderland and Burnley in the Premier League goals-for reckoning respectively.
The pair come next in the betting to be the division’s lowest 2014/15 scorers, with the Black Cats 2/1 and the Clarets 4/1.
Both are gasping for refreshment amid the kind of goal droughts that should see them overhauled by a rejuvenated Villa in the next couple of fixtures, with Burnley, in particular, dangerously dehydrated.
The George Boyd screamer that sunk Manchester City at Turf Moor is the only time Sean Dyche’s side have netted in their last seven league games.
Next to them Sunderland’s record of five strikes in their last ten outings, three in three under Dick Advocaat, looks positively predatory.
Yet it’s the Wearsiders who are the best bet to end the season bottom of the scoring charts.
Burnley’s recent barren spell came against sides of the calibre of Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton.
Their remaining fixtures, against Leicester, West Ham, Hull, Stoke and Villa offer far more chance of striking succour for Danny Ings and friends.
By contrast Sunderland’s six chances to increase their goal haul include trips to Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as a visit from Southampton.
The latter trio all feature among the top-four tightest defences in the top-flight.
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