Aston Villa fans could have been forgiven for scratching their heads last night (March 29th) as Ashley Young continued his fine form in an England shirt.
The first half in particular saw the forward terrorise Ghana’s defence as the two teams shared the spoils in a hard-fought draw at Wembley.
Meanwhile, Stewart Downing, Young’s club teammate, was named man-of-the-match and another Villan, Darren Bent, scored in England’s weekend win over Wales.
On-loan right back Kyle Walker was also in line to play against Ghana before pulling out of the England squad with a minor injury.
As such, the Birmingham club’s supporters may have been left wondering how their side has been dragged into a relegation battle.
Villa are eighth-favourites for the drop, with a successful £10 bet at bwin for Aston Villa to be relegated set to return £77.50.
However, this doesn’t fully reflect the predicament they find themselves in, as Gerard Houllier’s men are just a single point ahead of third-bottom Wolves and three points better off than bottom side Wigan.
Even so, Bent is optimistic that the form shown by Villa’s England quartet will be enough to ensure the club ends the season in mid-table.
“There is myself, Stu [Stewart Downing], Ashley [Young] and Kyle Walker. If us four can fire and play really well for England, hopefully we can take it back to Villa,” he commented.
“But we are more than confident of getting out of it.”
Villa’s next fixture is an away tie at Everton, who are themselves 100/1 to go down.
The Toffees are one of the form teams in the league having picked up 13 points from their last 18 outings and have won four and drawn two of their last six home games.
They therefore look likely to inflict further misery on Villa, with a 2-1 win available at 15/2.
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