With just 10 games remaining to save our season from total disaster many supporters have their calculators out whilst pondering the fixture list.
Most pundits concur that 50 points will be enough to see you safe from relegation in a typical Championship season, is this one typical? Vital Latics member Whittleblue has taken a look at the remaining permutations and forecast what we could possibly expect us to finish this season with in the points tally column.
Over to you Whittleblue:
As expressed previously my view is that we will come up short. I don’t question the effort shown in most games and we are decent enough at the back. However our Achilles heel is our lack goals and the lack of opportunities we create to actually score. This is down to a lack of quality offensive options and negative team selections.
However should the manager have a light bulb moment and begin to take a risk or two I actually think eight of the remaining ten fixtures are reasonably favourable and would afford us enough opportunities to pick up the requisite points.
Bristol City tomorrow is a must win given their league position and consequently is highly winnable.
Villa are not great at present and only really have one fit striker. Whilst hard to break down it’s a game we could conceivably win though realistically a point maybe all we get.
Newcastle is a likely write off but Ipswich away a few days later is another in which 3 points are eminently achievable and must be targeted, especially given recent Tuesday night away successes.
Back to back home games against Rotherham and Barnsley should present a realistic opportunity for a full six points. The first fixture speaks for itself and the second against a team with nothing to play for at this stage of the campaign – a reverse of last Mays fixture.
Brighton is one we can’t expect anything but the penultimate home game against Cardiff, whilst not easy should fall into the Barnsley bracket.
The last two at Reading and at home to Leeds on paper seem difficult. However our record at Reading is respectable and I fully expect them to be safe in the play offs with motivation switching to the post season lottery, likewise Leeds. Draws or even victories in either or even both of those are not beyond the realms of imagination.
With the right tactics, the right approach to games and positive selections then survival I think is within our grasp. 18-24 points are achievable, if not optimistic. Of course this is highly dependent on the manager, so over to you Mr Joyce, please give us a fighting chance.
Do you agree/disagree with Whittle that we can achieve another 18-24 points before the end of the campaign? Why not join in the debate on the forum by clicking here
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