And it was clear they were not going to disappoint their fans, having beaten Brentford and title challengers Arsenal and Manchester City in their three previous league games.
And then they faced Sheffield United… the team who have conceded the maximum number of goals this season. And Villa were playing at home. They have not lost in their last 15 Premier League games, a club record for them.
For many, Villa were ready to take the three points. But things took unexpected turns as the match progressed, and at one point it looked like they were going to lose with just a few minutes left on the clock. However, Nicolo Zaniolo came to Villa’s rescue in stoppage time and both sides left Villa Park with one point.
If you look at the situation from a different perspective, you could say that Villa missed a great opportunity. Arsenal and Liverpool have yet to play their matches. They also played a 1-1 draw on Saturday. what can be expected from the two title contendersл. Which means a win on Friday would put Villa in first place by Christmas. That would be something. On the other hand, at one point it looked like they would lose all three points, but Zaniolo’s goal saved them from defeat. A draw isn’t a win, but the way Villa earned it… it was heroic. It was a great statement of intent. They were determined to achieve something.
TablesWhile they were considered favorites, they are having a terrible time this season. The Manchester club are in complete disarray, having lost 8 matches out of 18 so far. Erik ten Hag’s men have picked up just one point from their last four matches, including one in the Champions League. Emery’s team and Arsenal are up against such an opponent, so an unwanted result against Sheffield United should not be a hardship for them.
In 2015-16, Leicester City won the league out of the blue, and this year in Spain, Girona – a club playing in the top flight for just the fourth time – are keeping pace with Real Madrid, second only on goal difference. So Villa have plenty of examples to inspire them of late! Furthermore, they have never won the Premier League, and that should keep them motivated until the last game. A draw with Sheffield United by no means defines them.
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