Exclusive: Kevin Phillips makes Aston Villa relegation claim after huge Sky reveal

Kevin Phillips has suggested Aston Villa are better placed to survive relegation as the likelihood grows of clubs playing their matches at home.

The former Claret and Blue, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested home advantage gives Dean Smith’s side every chance of staying up this season given their record at Villa Park.

Sky Sports revealed that Premier League clubs hope local police forces can enable all 20 clubs to fulfill their ambitions of finishing their remaining fixtures at their own stadiums.

Villa, who have a game in hand over their relegation rivals, have 10 remaining fixtures, six of which are at home.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Wolves are all yet to travel to Villa Park and Dean Smith will want every advantage he can get against five of the division’s top 10.

When asked by Football Insider if fulfilling the fixtures at home grounds was the only option given the clubs’ preferences, Phillips said: “It is sensible.

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“Villa have picked up most of their points at home and the stats do not lie. They would be confident that they can get enough points from their home games to stay in the Premier League.

“I understand why these clubs want to do it. You want it to be played as fairly as possible and that is the only option in which it is fair.”

Villa have taken 17 points from a possible 39 at Villa Park so far this campaign but have only picked up 8 points from a possible 45 away from home.

Every Premier League club is an agreement that fixtures should, if possible, be completed at home despite games to be played behind-closed-doors.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider the “worst” possible outcome from a June restart.