Having first suggested Aston Villa needed six wins from 12 games to survive when appointed manager, Tim Sherwood reiterated his belief in the wake of their loss to Newcastle.
“We need six wins. We have 11 games left and, as players, they need to start taking responsibility. Now is the time for points. We need a siege mentality.”
The Villans are 7/10 to win over 4.5 Premier League games before the end of the season, but where are the wins that will secure survival coming from?
Daubers at the ready, it’s time to play ‘Tim Sherwood Bingo’.
West Brom (H) – NO. The Baggies have lost once in ten under mid-season go-to gaffer Tony Pulis including four without defeat on the road.
Sunderland (A) – YES. The hosts have shown a weakness against more lowly opposition at home, losing to Hull and QPR.
Swansea (H) – YES. The first of a potential handful of fixtures against a team that should lack for motivation by comparison.
Man Utd (A) – NO. The Villans have gone down by at least a two-goal margin on their last four trips to Old Trafford.
Tottenham (A) – NO. Sherwood’s men have avoided defeat once in their last ten meetings with the Lilywhites, losing each of the last six.
QPR (H) – YES. The league’s worst away side, if three points aren’t harvested here they may as well forget about survival.
Man City (A) – NO. An aggregate of 9-0 in favour of the hosts across Villa’s last two league trips to the Eithad suggests a shock is unlikely.
Everton (H) – NO. The possibility that the Toffees may still be fighting for survival at this stage makes beating a team who have only lost to Chelsea and Arsenal in their past 11 games all the more remote.
West Ham (H) – YES. Deeply unaccustomed to not being in a relegation battle, the Irons are beginning to succumb to league-table vertigo, with one win since Boxing Day.
Southampton (A) – YES. By this stage the Saints’ Champions League dreams should be a distant memory and their questionable goal threat offer Villa hope of a smash and grab of the kind pulled off recently by Swansea.
Burnley (H) – YES. Already the wag seems to dying in the Clarets dog and on home turf this tie rivals the visit of QPR as Villa’s best chance of a victory in the 11 remaining fixtures.