Aston Villa on track to set worrying Premier League record

Aston Villa's Villa Park (Photo by Brianac37 on Flickr)

It’s been a long and miserable campaign for Aston Villa yet again as they find themselves in the relegation zone with just 13 games to go.

The club sacked manager Paul Lambert yesterday after almost three years in charge of the club but he won just 29.57% of matches with the team in that time and it comes as no surprise to see the Scottish coach moved on.

Their form this season has been nothing short of disastrous as they have only won five times, picking up 22 points and have scored just 12 goals in the league all season – the worst goalscoring record in the top four tiers of English football.

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The second-lowest goalscorers in the league are Leicester and Sunderland but they have both scored 22 times – ten more than the Villains.

Derby County endured the worst-ever Premier League season by any club in 2007/08 as they picked up just 11 points, won just one game and scored 20 goals in the entire campaign. All three remain the worst records ever seen in the Premier League era.

It was assumed no club would ever have as bad a season as Derby did that year, in any of the three areas (points, wins or goals) but Aston Villa are well on track to entering the history books for their worrying form in front of goal.

Villa have scored 12 in the Premier League so far this season. To put that into perspective, that’s the same amount as Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez has scored in his first season in English football alone.

Even Derby had scored more that that after the 25 game mark in the 07/08 campaign and so Villa need to hope for a dramatic turnaround of fortunes in front of goal to ensure they score more than 20 this season. Premier League survival is obviously the priority but you have to score goals to win football matches.

Aston Villa's Premier League record this season after 25 games compared to Derby's in 2007/08

Aston Villa’s Premier League record this season after 25 games compared to Derby’s in 2007/08

Derby scored just eight goals away from home in the entire 07/08 season (also the worst record ever) but Villa have netted just four away from Villa Park so far this term.

Goalscoring is a major problem for the team and they now have the worst goal difference in the Premier League. That will be a concern as it is so tight down the bottom and goal difference could decide the fate of a team come the last day of the season.

Villa need to turn things around quickly. They have the players there and it’s now about the right manager coming in and keeping their Premier League status intact.

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