Aston Villa have not won at home in the Premier League in six months and nineteen days. They haven't managed a Premier League win anywhere in three months and twenty days. What I'm trying to say is that we're overdue for a win. And oh my do we need one. Villa are currently nestled in 20th, five points below 17th-placed Newcastle and four points below Sunderland and Bournemouth in 18th and 19th, respectively. A win today and a loss from those three teams would go a long ways to easing our worries.
But Watford have not been as terrible as we all expected they'd be. They're currently in 13th, and while their 2-0-3 record in their last five matches doesn't seem great, it's one that betters Villa's past five by five points. That's where our season is right now, a place in which we can say "I wish we'd just played as well as Watford" without even a trace of irony.
So hopefully Rémi Garde can work some sort of magic. In his debut at Villa Park, he got the club to hold Manchester City to a goalless draw. That sort of stout defending coupled with a modicum of scoring ability should be enough to win. So do that. Just. Do. That.
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Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Kick-off time: 3 PM GMT, 10 AM Eastern, 7 AM Pacific
Available TV: None
Available streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Available radio: Absolute Radio (UK), AVTV (subscription required), Westwood One Sports (US)
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