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Can Paul Lambert get Aston Villa out of trouble?
The next match on the list sees free-falling Aston Villa travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton.
To say Villa’s confidence is shattered right now would be a massive understatement.
They were turfed out of both English cup competitions by lower-league opposition and are without a league win in their last seven league games.
That’s a run stretching back to 15th December and it’s responsible for the fact that they’re now in serious danger of being relegated.
Villa have the worst defensive record in the league, and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of them getting out of this mess.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Monday, Villa manager Paul Lambert admitted that there was little chance of any signings before the end of the transfer window.
Villa’s lack of experience has cost them dearly.
The likes of Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Darren Bent have all been unable to force their way into the manager’s plans, though in Dunne’s case, it’s been a series of injuries that have kept him out.
Even the experienced players in the squad like Ron Vlaar, Stephen Ireland, Charles N’Zogbia and Gabriel Agbonlahor just haven’t delivered and it’s time they stood up and led by example.
Things don’t get any easier for Villa as they travel to Everton this weekend.
The sad thing is that a couple of years ago, this match would’ve been a contest between two challengers for a European place.
Since then, Everton have pushed on to become one of the best sides in England, whereas Villa are struggling to keep their head above water.
David Moyes deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the job he’s done at Everton, but if there’s one thing that will have frustrated Moyes this season, it’s the fact that Everton have drawn a lot of games that they should have won.
Having said that, they’re still just a point behind Tottenham in the race for Champions League football, so Moyes will be confident that his side can get a result on Saturday to pile the pressure on Spurs.
Some of their football has been scintillating to watch, but they just haven’t been able to kill teams off of late.
That might very well change on Saturday, because Everton will be far too strong for Villa.
This is the perfect opportunity for Everton to make a statement and it could finally be the time that Nikica Jelavic finds his shooting boots again.
Prediction: Everton win