Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher recently claimed Aston Villa to be the worst team the Premier League has ever seen.
The former England and Liverpool ace said: "I can't imagine one Premier League manager looking at that team and thinking there is one player I would like to take into my squad."
Whilst we can acknowledge that previous sides have done worse points-wise, it's difficult to disagree with Carragher given just how poorly Villa have played this season.
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Derby County are the less-than-proud owners of the worst Premier League points total after their disastrous 2007/08 campaign, during which they recorded only one win and were hit for six by Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and, would you believe it, Villa. In fact, their season was so awful that their fate was sealed as early as March.
Portsmouth endured an equally bad season some six years ago, when they finished bottom and had nine points deducted for entering administration. Pompey's only saving grace that season was reaching the FA Cup final, which they lost to Chelsea.
Sunderland have experienced similarly awful seasons too. In 2002/03, they claimed just 19 points and then 15 points three years later.
It's often said in football that you can always forgive your team for not winning, but never for not trying - and Villa fit perfectly into the latter. Their latest humiliation against Liverpool was arguably the worst performance from a Premier League team in recent memory.
As a result, Remi Garde's men look unlikely to move from bottom, especially so given they're currently eight points adrift of 17th-placed Norwich City and with 12 games to play.
There is a mathematical possibility of survival, of course, but there is also little cause for optimism. Their squad, which admittedly boasts a balance between experience and youth, seems ill-equipped to cope with the ruthlessness of the Premier League.
Relegation appears imminent - as does their status as one of the Premier League's worst ever sides - if such form continues.
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