Aston Villa in desperate need of a goal

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You may think that a player even of Cristiano Ronaldo's quality wouldn't be able to score 19 goals since Aston Villa's last goal, but failure to put the ball in the back of the net in their last five games has allowed such an amazing statistic to crop up.

Paul Lambert will have been delighted with his side's start to the season. An opening day victory on the road against Stoke who held such a formidable home record last season seemed to foreshadow a positive season for the Villains.

That resilient performance was followed by another courageous effort against Newcastle in which they managed to fork out a point in a less entertaining stalemate.

They then hosted Hull to lose their clean sheet record, but still went on to beat the Tigers 2-1 impressively, not to mention their outstanding 1-0 victory at Anfield. Their four game unbeaten run suggested that Villa could be the surprise team to watch out for this season however their recent form suggests otherwise after failing to score a goal in their previous 531 minutes of football.

However, five consecutive defeats against QPR, Everton, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal has left Paul Lambert's job in serious peril as he edges his way towards the exit door at Villa Park.

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Their upcoming fixtures don't suggest good fortunes for themselves either. They host Spurs on Sunday who will be entirely desperate for a victory after a shameful 2-1 loss at the hands of struggling Newcastle. Consequently, with Villa in the same boat as Spurs (desperate for victory) it could make the match very interesting indeed.

Paul Lambert's side will then face two tough opponents who will be strongly challenging for European football next season so their recent form would suggest. West Ham comes first before a visit from Ronald Koeman's Southampton.

So, what has been going on in the world of football since Villa last hit the back of the net? Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to score an overwhelming 19 goals for club and country, 146 goals have been scored by their fellow Premier League clubs, and most disappointingly of all, Mario Balotelli has scored twice in all competitions for Liverpool.

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