I wanted to write this yesterday, but I’ve frankly been too scared to.
It’s daft really, as I’m not really the superstitious type, but I just don’t want to call it in case I “Jinx” things, call the result wrong and send us down.
Mind you, it’s probably a good thing. The amount of times I’ve predicted we’d win and Villa haven’t obliged, it’s probably best I don’t predict this one.
But we can look at what is required for our survival and it’s basically that we need to better Watford and Bournemouth’s results. If that happens, it’s happy days.
But we all know that isn’t going to happen and then it gets a bit more complicated;
Villa will be safe if they draw and Watford don’t win.
Villa will be safe if they win by the same or a better margin than Watford.
If all three teams lose by the same margin, Villa will be safe.
If Villa win, Watford need to better their result by two goals to avoid relegation.
The only way Bournemouth can survive is if they win and both Villa and Watford lose.
(Courtesy of Birmingham Live)
So, just to avoid all that confusion, we’ll just take the win and have done with it, eh?
It’s a nice thought.
It’s ridiculous really, isn’t it?
I’m too scared to call the result of a game.
On paper, it’s just a result, one of many that won’t really affect anything in any way.
But it’s not just that is it?
It’s something that will define a line between the sheer elation of surviving and the desperation and depression that comes with relegation. I know for a fact that I’ll be affected for days, either way and I’ll bet I’m amongst the majority of us Villa fans.
Still, it’s why we love the game isn’t it?
And why, as much as I’m scared to call or even watch the game, I’ll be absolutely glued to the screen.