Brad Guzan believes that Aston Villa will avoid relegation this season, saying that the battle at the bottom is still ‘tight’.

Aston Villa suffered a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool on Easter Sunday, but Guzan remains defiant and is confident that Paul Lambert's side have what it takes to beat the drop.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "We know it has to be better. We know as players it wasn’t good enough.

"But we’ve shown before that we can bounce back. Regardless of whether we’re in the bottom three, look at the table and see how tight it is.

"There’s a lot of football to be played and a lot of points to pick up."

Villa are struggling at the bottom of the table, and find themselves 18th with 30 points. The crucial 17th position required is currently being occupied by Wigan, who have the same number of points as Villa but an all-important game in hand, which could quickly undo Guzan’s optimism.

Add that to the daunting seven fixtures that remain, including a gruelling trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United and an ominous home game against Chelsea, and it is easy to see why some fans remain sceptical.

Nonetheless, Aston Villa were impressive against Liverpool on Sunday and were only undone by a great fight-back from the Reds and a majestic goal-line clearance from Steven Gerrard.

These encouraging signs gave Lambert a renewed sense of optimism. Speaking to The Daily Mail, he said: "We don't look like a team down the bottom at the minute.

"If we going the way we're going, we'll win more games than not."

Villa will be keen to take a giant step in preserving their top-flight status with a result against Stoke City at the Britannia on Saturday, but as many a frustrated Premier League team will tell you, this will be no easy task.

Villa held the Potters 0-0 at Villa Park back in December, but Guzan hopes they can secure a win this time around.

"A clean sheet would be nice but at this point though it’s all about winning so I don’t care if we win 5-4," he said.

"We just have to make sure we come out on top regardless of the scoreline."


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