Facing relegation; Why? POLL

The Arsenal game isn’t until Tuesday, so I thought I might sneak a post in before then.

I’ve just seen a very interesting statistic and while scary, it also provoked me into wondering why it is that we look like we’re going down?

Here’s the stat first;

Goals scored, Premier league only;

Wesley 21 games 5 goals
Kodjia 6 games 0 goals
Davis 16 games 0 goals
Samatta 12 games 1 goal
Vassilev 4 games 0 goals
Baston 0 games 0 goals

A hat-tip goes to “hightrinity” on the Vital forum.
Basically, 6 goals spread between 5 strikers (not counting Baston).
All season!

It’s easy to say then, on the face of it, that there lies the reason we’ve struggled so much.
And of course it’s hard to disagree.

Except, is that really the worst area of our team?
I’m not convinced.

A look at the league says that while our strikers have been abysmal, we’ve (surprisingly to me, at least) outscored seven teams in the league. Amazingly, that includes Sheffield Utd, who sit in 8th place.

So while the attack might have been an issue, lack of goals hasn’t cost us our place in the league.

The defence then and yes, it’s easy to see a corelation here.
We’ve conceded the second highest amount of goals, behind Norwich.
There’s no getting round that at all. Our defence is awful. We’ve all been saying it, all season.

But has that been the single biggest reason we are where we are?

Does all I’ve said up to now leave the Midfield scot-free?

This one’s trickier, to me, at least.
A good midfield should help with attacking and defending.

No less than four midfielders have scored more than Wesley (our top scoring striker) in all competitions. They’re Grealish (9), Hourihane (7), El Ghazi (6) and Trezeguet (6).
What I noticed there was that Hourihane has the best record for minutes per goal and one of the best percentages for shots on target.
That’s interesting, seeing as I don’t rate him at all, so fair play to him.

So while the numbers aren’t staggering, the midfield has at least chipped in.

Which leaves the defensive side of the midfield?
What’s that like?
I have to be honest and say that’s not the area I keep my eye on so much, so I really don’t know.
That said, Luiz has caught my eye recently and you see him getting the ball and advancing nicely at times. But that’s not defending is it?

But it strikes me, that along with our defence being poor, our midfield doesn’t help things.
Who’s our anchor supposed to be? Well, it’s Luiz of late, at least when playing forward. But I’ve never noticed him when defending? Perhaps that’s just me.
Is it Nakamba?
I think he’s been ok at times, but it’s been the minority of games, in my opinion.

Which only leaves John McGinn who could remotely be called a defensive midfielder and that’s pushing it massively. All the others are all more attacking players.

It seems we’re incredibly short in the defensive mid area.
Which indicates to me that Dean Smith realised that and definitely went with a more attacking approach in mind.

There is of course, the other option, in that there is no particular weak area in the side.
In other words, we’re just all-round poor.
Which is where you come in.
I know many of us like a Poll. I do too, so I’m putting one up and will be very interested in the result, as I know what I think.

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    beamo July 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm . Reply

    Damning statistic on the strikers – Davis i won’t criticise because he shouldn’t be in this position – he needed a full season on loan in the championship. Smith / Suso / Purslow must all take responsibility for leaving us so exposed

    We keep getting given a lifeline but i don’t expect us to take it. Yes Watford are a crazy club but its pretty embarrassing for a club having had 4 managers in a season to still be sitting above us. I can see them bullying Arsenal and getting a result especially as they will most probably rest players for the FA cup final (whilst giving their 1st string a game against us). We’ve only ourselves to blame really – the door has been opened time and time again in this run in and its ourselves alone who have let it slip.

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    Bum Bum July 20, 2020 at 12:33 pm . Reply

    Okay Gentlemen. Predictions for tomorrow night?
    I’m going for 2-1 Villa. Yes, I am a bit mental.

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      DSVilla July 20, 2020 at 12:48 pm . Reply

      I will go with a win for Villa, but only so they can crush our hopes in the last game 🙁

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    Bum Bum July 20, 2020 at 3:11 pm . Reply

    Without goals you go down. Add to that a dodgy defence and you’re buggered. Benteke knocked them in for fun when he joined but the last batch of intakes just hasn’t worked. They did well before joining Villa, so what’s gone wrong? We kill so many careers…

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    Norman July 20, 2020 at 5:25 pm . Reply

    It’s the same old tune playing we keep the crap and give the decent players away I’ve just came back from the bookies tried to put a bet on Villa to win both games and avoid relagation they refused my bet and told me I was betting irresponsible VTID

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      Bum Bum July 21, 2020 at 8:13 am . Reply

      That is effing funny Norman!!!!!

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    Gerry Kiddy July 21, 2020 at 8:11 am . Reply

    Surprising that we will know the Watford result before we play. Something good for a change

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    Bum Bum July 21, 2020 at 8:15 am . Reply

    This really could be the great escape. Watford need to be trounced by Citeh and Arsenal.
    We need one win.
    Very squeaky bum bum time…

    Gonna be glued to that TV tonight!

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    Adam July 21, 2020 at 10:41 am . Reply

    Man City v Watford – The last 7 meetings going back to 2017:

    (Man City) – Won 7 – Scored 33, conceded 3.

    More of the same please!!! I nice Watford thrashing would do nicely. I would take a point tonight (as long as Watford lose) and take it to the last day. Where we win and Watford lose meaning we escape by 1 point.

    In all honesty i think we will get beat tonight by 2 or 3. Arsenal are on fire and i really think that Everton goal might have hit the players hard. Keeping everything crossed.

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      Norman July 21, 2020 at 11:32 am . Reply

      A very good morning to my fellow Villans crunch time has arrived do or die you all know what this game means so we have to win not just play well WIN I’m going to be watching the game on my own because apparently I shout at the TV to much ( doesn’t everyone)well I’m predicting a2-1 home win come on the Villa VTID

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