Swansea City (A) – March 19
With Remi Garde’s side already eight points adrift of safety with 12 games remaining, the rock-bottom Villans need to start picking up miraculous points quickly! Aston Villa’s first real chance of picking up all three points doesn’t come until the back end of March however, with a trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City, who themselves are only three points above the drop zone.
AFC Bournemouth (H) – April 9
Then after Villa’s home clash against defending Premier League champions Chelsea, Garde’s men welcome newly promoted Bournemouth to Villa Park in early April in what many pundits will certainly class as a vital ‘six pointer’ at the bottom of the standings. The Cherries currently lie 15th after back-to-back league defeats.
Newcastle United (H) – May 7
And finally; Villa’s penultimate Premier League of the season could seal their ‘Great Escape’, should they already have overturned that incredibly unlikely eight-point deficit from safety. Newcastle United are also in the bottom three and desperately worried about dropping down into the Championship.