Aston Villa v Swansea City Tips – Will the Swans cost Sherwood his job?
Tim Sherwood is favourite to be next Premier League manager to go. Can he save his job by securing a win against Swansea this weekend? We think not ....
October 23rd, 2015
Ahead of the clash with Chelsea last weekend, there were numerous reports which suggested that Villa boss Tim Sherwood had a mere two matches left to save his job, despite only taking control in February this year and leading the side to an FA Cup final.
Sherwood couldn’t take the blame for Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Champions Chelsea, the Blues’ goals coming from a Brad Guzan blunder and an own-goal from Alan Hutton, however the fact is that Villa have suffered defeat in all but one of their last eight Premier League outings and instead of the hoped for mid-table position at this stage of the season, the Villans are sitting second-bottom of the division.
Rather surprisingly, the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea has been Villa’s heaviest defeat of the campaign to date, their other defeats coming by just a single goal. Nevertheless, the supporters have been somewhat infuriated by the nature of the losses and are growing impatient. The visit of Swansea could provide the side with a chance to get a valuable three points on the board, however the hosts have won just three of their eleven Premier League home games since Sherwood took charge and we don’t see things changing this weekend.
Things are little different in the Swansea camp and since their win over Manchester United in August, they have failed to replicate this form and are without a win in their last five top-flight matches. This loss of form has left them just four points above the drop zone but more alarmingly for Monk, it has resulted in suggestions that his position may soon become vacant, rumours which would have been laughed off were it not for the club’s slightly precarious position in the league table.
This fixture couldn’t have arrived at a better time for Monk, however should one side prevail in this encounter, the opposing manager will be placed under extreme pressure. Ok so losing to the Villans is unlikely to result in the removal of the Swansea boss, although it would leave the side just three points above their rivals and dangerously close to the relegation zone.
With both sides struggling in front of goal, we’re not expecting anything close to a goal-fest on Saturday afternoon and the outcome is likely to be settled by a solitary strike. The teams do possess no shortage of flair players, although we expect a scrappy affair and one which the visitors will ultimately win and pile further pressure on Tim Sherwood.
BETTING TIPS – Swansea to win 1-0 – BetVictor 7/1