A Villan Collapse?
In what was always going to prove to be a pivitol month for Steven Gerrards side, it was a month of great up's to start but an alarming end to the month has the potential to spoil what has been a fantastic season for The Villans who deserve a top four birth, although it is still really close at the top.
Villa started the month off really well with a home match with Southampton and usually it would be Dwight Gayle grabbing the headlines but in this match it was a stunning hattrick by Jordan Ayew that gave Villa a 4-2 victory with Traore getting the first goal.
Up next was Man City, which has already been reported on and Villa won by four goal to two.
Then Villa played Everton and this included a rare clean sheet as Jack Grealish ran the show for 70 minutes before being took off to be rested for the match against Arsenal. Grealish's first goal was a stunning twenty yard screamer and Villa had racked up 21 shots by half time alone.
When Grealish got his second goal, which was a very scruffy goal but it was his all round performance an the standing ovation he got was absolutely outstanding. Villa added a third goal through Ahmed Elmohamady with a arrowing drive into the bottom left corner and the match was finished by Dwight Gayle.
Then came the trip to Arsenal and a chance for Villa to go top of the table. The side however, completely froze and with goals from Sanchez and Giroud, Arsenal completely and utterly thrashed Villa. It was not the result that disappointed Villa fans, it was the fact that they had hardly any shots on goal and hardly any possession which was even more disappointing.
West Ham Smash Villa In F.A Cup Semi Final
Villa went into this match, still in good form but in West Ham, there was a side that had found a red hot streak of form and it showed in this match. Villa named there usual F.A Cup side, Vlaar, Carroll and Sinclair all came in after carrying Villa through to the semi final.
It was after 15 minutes that Villa were in all kinds of trouble because Villa were already 2-0 down as goals from Valancia and Sakho put West Ham in complete control and Villa never recovered as Jordan Ayew and Dwight Gayle beig really wasteful in front of goal and Gerrard did not really have an answer to The Hammers so it was not surprising that West Ham grabbed the third through Sakho again as Villa crashed to there second defeat in so many games.
With three games left for most, there is no tense finale as far as relegation is concerned with Stoke and Leicester already relegated and Bournemouth just needing one victory to guarantee they stay up, however the bad form of Sunderland will mean they will stay up anyway.
The race for the top four is where the interesting bit is this season with still only three points covering the top five but it has been Villa who look to falter as Man City and United look stronger but with Villa having the slightly easier run in anything is still to play for.
Title Hopefuls Final Matches
As we look at the run in for each of the five teams, you would argue that Man City and Aston Villa have the better run ins because they have matches against three sides that have not a lot to play for, for the rest of the season. We anticipate they will both score nine points which would put City on 76 points and Villa on 74 points.
Arsenal, we think will lose against Chelsea and draw against one of the other sides so will get 7 points, putting them on 75 points.
Chelsea will beat Arsenal but lose to Man Utd and we believe Liverpool will get a point too meaning they will get 5 points putting them on 73 points and we think West Ham, who are in fantastic form will get a point off United too, giving them 7 points putting them on 73 points.