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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

The Premier League relegation battle is intensifying already

Swansea's Garry Monk, left, and Eddie How of Bournemouth, right, are both facing relegation battles.

With 13 matches having been played, over a third of the Premier League season has now gone and, as a hectic December approaches, the relegation battle is taking shape.

Aston Villa's encounter with Watford on Saturday looks like the first of a series of "six-pointers" that also includes Villa's trip to Newcastle on Dec. 19 for a meeting of two traditionally big clubs, who are currently in dire trouble.

If Chelsea, currently 15th, are to be removed from the picture on the grounds of the sheer unlikelihood...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa need Jack Grealish to step up, not out of line

Remi Garde discusses the loss of Jordan Amavi to injury and feels they are capable of a result against Everton.

As Aston Villa's battle to stay in the Premier League intensifies, it's especially disappointing to learn that Jack Grealish was banished to train with the development squad, according to a report first published in the Daily Telegraph.

At a time when Villa really need the young midfielder to step up and use his talent to try and dig the club out of a deepening hole, it's a concerning development, to say the least. Grealish was pictured out in Manchester hours after the 4-0 defeat at Everton...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa degenerate into a shambles in heavy defeat at Everton

Everton handed Aston Villa a 4-0 defeat as Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley each notched two goals.

The brief optimism that followed the appointment of Remi Garde and the hard-earned point against Manchester City has already started to fade.

Villa, so determined, organised and spirited during the goalless draw with City, gave a performance a million miles away from that in losing 4-0 against Everton on Saturday. It was abject. It was demoralising. Actually, it was even worse than that -- it was a no contest. Everton didn't need to get out of second gear. The game was over by half-time with the...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Jordan Amavi injury a setback for Remi Garde's Aston Villa recovery

Remi Garde discusses the loss of Jordan Amavi to injury and feels they are capable of a result against Everton.

His career as Aston Villa manager is only one match old and already Remi Garde is learning that his new job brings significant challenges. Garde takes Villa to Goodison Park on Saturday to face Everton already without a player he would have considered a regular starter in his first choice XI, Jordan Amavi, who ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee playing for the France under-21s.

Amavi's season is over. It's obviously a huge setback for the player but also for his manager,...

 By Alex Shaw

Anfield atmosphere among worst in Premier League as fans give verdicts

The ESPN FC crew discuss fans leaving early in matches and our match-goers believe the Premier League can improve.

What's it really like to attend a Premier League match? Many watch from afar and don't know, so we polled our ESPN FC match-going bloggers -- the guys in the stands week in, week out -- to find out how they rate the atmosphere and experience.

They didn't hold back. Not surprisingly, our Arsenal blogger considered the Emirates too corporate while our Liverpool blogger didn't hold back when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield.


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Here are the results of our informal poll ...

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Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Remi Garde makes his point as Aston Villa hold Manchester City to a draw

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde says his team will feel confident after holding the potent attack of Man City to a scoreless draw.

There was no shock result at Villa Park on Sunday but there was a very satisfying one. Aston Villa -- bottom of the Premier League -- took a point from table-topping Manchester City; the 0-0 draw stopped a sequence of seven consecutive defeats for the hosts and also ensured new manager Remi Garde got off to a promising start.

This was Garde's debut and it ended well. It started well, too. The Frenchman has only had a few days with the Villa squad and yet the announcement of his first team selection...