Aston Villa officially relegated for first time in 28 years

Aston Villa’s long-awaited relegation has been officially confirmed following the club’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United today, ending a run of 28 consecutive seasons in English football’s top flight.

The Villains have been simply dreadful this season with major struggles on and off the field confining them to their worst season in their 141-year history.

Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford may have scored the goal that confirmed Villa’s relegation today, but most fans knew they were doomed from December onwards.

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Villa have won just three games all season and are left 15 points adrift of Norwich in 17th place with four games to play. Their performances have been appalling and preparations for life in the Championship next term will now begin.

Interim manager Eric Black is unlikely to be the man in the dugout come August, but whoever takes over will be stepping into one of English football’s most troubled clubs, with major problems left to be addressed throughout the structure of the organisation.

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Black is the team’s fourth manager this season, following on from Tim Sherwood, Kevin MacDonald and Remi Garde, who were all unable to inspire a squad of players who look out of their depth in the Premier League.

Quality first-team players left the club last summer but none were replaced properly. Losing the likes of Ron Vlaar, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke meant the season was always going to be tough but few could have anticipated just how bad things have been.

Table: Aston Villa have struggled enormously in every aspect this season.

Table: Aston Villa have struggled enormously in every aspect this season.

The Villains are one of only seven English clubs to have played in every Premier League season to this point but that run will now come to an end.

Two other Premier League clubs will join Villa in the Championship next term, with Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich all battling for their lives at the bottom of the table.

Aston Villa bounced straight back up following their last relegation in 1987, but a repeat of that achievement looks highly unlikely at this stage, with one of English football’s most historic clubs in complete disarray.

Do you think Aston Villa will bounce straight back up to the Premier League next season? 

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Aston Villa

Hull vs. Aston Villa – Premier League

Venue: KC Stadium – Tuesday, February 10 – 19:45

Match Odds: Hull City 13/10 – Draw 21/10 – Aston Villa 23/10

Hull City welcome Aston Villa to the KC Stadium on Tuesday night in a crucial fixture for both teams as they look to avoid relegation.

The battle for Premier League survival is fiercer than ever this season, with at least seven clubs in a real scrap, including these two sides.

Hull picked up an unexpected point in their 1-1 draw away at Manchester City on Saturday having lost their previous three games without scoring, so that should give them hope as well as a slight confidence boost.

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The Tigers will look to their next five games as the ones in which they need to accumulate points, as they’re set for a tricky nine-game run-in where they’ll face Chelsea, Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United along the way.

Hull City’s home record: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

Aston Villa slumped to a fourth straight defeat against Chelsea and extended their run of games without a win to nine (D3, L6), although they did score a goal for the first time in seven matches.

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Putting the ball in the back of the net has been a massive problem for Aston Villa this season, having scored just 12 times in 24 games, which is nine fewer goals than the next lowest scoring teams (Hull and Leicester – 21 goals). Only four of their goals have come away from home.

Aston Villa’s away record: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 2 – Lost 7

Hull are without injured players James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring), Mohamed Diame (knee) and Robert Snodgrass (knee). Meanwhile, Aston Villa are missing Philippe Senderos and Libor Kozak (both leg).

We often hear the phrase, ‘it’s the games against the teams around you that will decide your fate’, and that couldn’t be more true in this instance, with just two points separating them and both are now desperately fighting for their lives.

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Hull City’s last five: W/L/L/L/D

Aston Villa’s last five: D/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Hull City haven’t beaten Aston Villa since 1987 and are without a Premier League win against them in 7 attempts (D1, L6).

Key Player: Carles Gil – The Spaniard has looked lively in the three games he’s played since joining from Valencia in January and could be the key for Villa.

Score Prediction: Hull City 1–1 Aston Villa – Both teams will be too desperate to avoid defeat.