Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers kicked off Gameweek 32 in the English Premier League on Tuesday. Villa dominated big stretches of the game, and Christian Benteke scored a hat trick for the Villans, but the game ended in a disappointing 3-3 draw for Tim Sherwood and his team. The result means that Villa is still in the thick of it around the relegation zone with six games remaining.
Sherwood has done a good job at Villa since taking over for Paul Lambert, and they create a lot more chances and play a much more effective style of soccer, but he was obviously disappointed after the game as he thought that they had done enough to secure the three points against QPR. Villa controlled most of the possession and had several good chances. Despite the advantage in possession, QPR held a 1-0 lead after seven minutes before Benteke scored twice to give Villa the 2-1 lead. Then it was QPR’s turn to score twice before Benteke got his third of the night to tie the game at 3-3 in the 83rd minute.
The draw means that Villa sits in 16th with 29 points in 32 games. That’s one point ahead of Hull City, and three points ahead of QPR who are just under the relegation line. Burnley is second to last on the same points as QPR and Leicester is at the bottom with 22 points. Only seven points divide Leicester in last place and Sunderland in 15th, so there’s no doubt that there’s a great bit of uncertainty when it comes to which team will be relegated at the end of the season.
Sunderland grabbed a vital win during the weekend in the derby against Newcastle, a win that could be the difference between hanging on to secure another EPL contract and falling down to the Championship. Sunderland only has five wins during the season, but they have drawn in 14 out 31 games and that shows that they at least hang around in games and can scrape by and snag a point here and there. They are taking on an in-form Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. Palace stood for a real upset during on Monday when they beat Manchester City 2-1 at home.
QPR also only has five wins during this season, but unlike Sunderland, they only have seven draws and a staggering 20 losses. They will take on league leaders Chelsea on Sunday and they will need a minor miracle to get anything from that game. All they can hope for is to park the bus in front of their own net and get lucky on a dead ball situation.
Hull has gone five straight league games without a win and they travel to Southampton over the weekend and they will have to get something going soon here as they are dangerously close to falling down in the relegation zone if either QPR or Burnley manages to get a result.
The only thing that speaks to Hull’s favor is that QPR is facing off against Chelsea as I mentioned above, and Burnley have Arsenal on the schedule, so the status quo might be maintained with all the teams in the bottom losing.
Leicester has a makeup game against Chelsea to play before the season ends as they currently only have played 30 games. Next up for the Foxes is a trip to Birmingham and a meeting with West Bromwich Albion.
Once thing is for sure, we will have a really interesting finish at the bottom of the table and it could come down to the final day of the season to decided who will stay up and who will go down.