Aston Villa manager, Remi Garde would be hoping for a big win for his beleagured men when Aston Villa visit Stoke City this afternoon.
The Villans are rock bottom in the Barclays Premier League and nothing but an historic string of wins is going to take them away from the relegation zone.
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The Villans have been really poor this season and despite showing some signs of life every now and then, they have rarely been able to get the job done.
Moreover, history isn’t on their side either with no team with 16 or fewer points at this stage of the season has ever jumped out of the relegation zone.
Stoke City on the other hand, would be looking to further heap misery on their visitors who were hammered 6-0 by Liverpool at home in their previous game. Last week, Mark Hughes defeated Bournemouth 3-1 which was their first win in five league games. They would now be looking to registering another win at the expense of a team that is winless in its last 12 away games.
However, star forward, Bojan Krkic is aware that the team cannot underestimate a side that is in desperate need of points and inspiration.
“It is true Aston Villa have not got the results they will have expected and it’s been an incredibly difficult season for such an historic club,” he told Potters Mag.
“We faced a very demanding match when we played against them at Villa Park earlier this season [a 1-0 win in October] – it wasn’t an easy match at all – so we expect the exact same when they come to our place on Saturday.
“They are in an urgent position and need wins, so they will want the points at the weekend.
“They have the players and the will to win this match if we aren’t at the top of our game, so we have to show them the respect that they deserve. We always respect our opponents.”