Although we’re just 12 games into the season, the Premier League relegation battle already seems to be taking shape.
Taking out Chelsea, who despite a terrible start will be safe from the drop, and Swansea, who have the quality to turn their form around, five of the bottom six look the most likely to fill the bottom-three spaces come May.
Here we take a look at the quintet; their season so far and their key man…….
Aston Villa – 20th
Having recently changed managers from the fresh faced Tim Sherwood to the more experienced Remi Garde, Villa managed to keep a clean sheet against league leaders Manchester City. However, a lack of goals up front is the reason they currently sit bottom of the league, having only scored 10 times so far this campaign. Villa haven’t won in the league since their opening day victory away at Bournemouth, and they have entrusted Garde to stop the rot and give his strikers some confidence.
Key man: Rudy Gestede
The former Blackburn man was been brought in to replace the outgoing Christian Benteke, and so far he hasn’t succeeded. The signing was one of a straight swap, with the Frenchman being just as powerful as Benteke, but so far he hasn’t managed to replicate his Championship form, despite getting the winning goal on his debut at Bournemouth. If Villa are to climb the table, they need to get Gestede firing.
Premier League so far:
Goals for: 10
Goals against: 20
Top Scorer: Rudy Gestede (3)