More woe for Villa and Lambert
Aston Villla are odds-on for relegation from the Premier League and Paul Lambert odds-on to be next top-flight manager out of a job after a 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Newcastle.
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Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye fired Newcastle into a deserved 2-0 lead by half time, but Villa hit back in the second half and cut the deficit through a Christian Benteke penalty. However, they could not find the equaliser and dropped into the bottom three as a result.
The Villans are now as short as 4/7 for the drop at Ladbrokes, with a generally-available top price of 4/6. Newcastle are out to 6/1 for the drop.
Lambert, who has presided over cup exits to lower-league opponents Bradford and Millwall over the past week, has also been cut again to be next Premier League manager to leave his post with Sky Bet offering 4/7. Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez is next in the betting at 6/1 with BetVictor, while Sky Bet offer the same price that no more top-flight managers lose their job this season.
Coral are 1/2 from 11/8 for Lambert to be next boss out, and also offer just 1/3 that he won't be in charge on the opening day of next season.
Their Tim Reynolds said: "It wasn't surprising to hear the boos ring out at Villa Park following Aston Villa's latest defeat. Villa are now on a run of seven Premier League games without a victory and running the risk of being relegated.
"If Villa are going to avoid relegation, something is going to have to change quickly and that could just mean a change at the helm."
QPR held Manchester City to a goalless draw at Loftus Road and are out to a general 4/6 from 1/2 for the drop, while City have drifted to 9/2 (Sky Bet, Boylesports) for the title. Manchester United - who will stretch their lead to seven points if they beat Southampton on Wednesday night - are 1/4 from 4/11.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said: "While there was only really Manchester City from the top half of the table playing tonight, the action in the Premier League has definitely impacted the bottom and the odds suggest that Villa and their manager are doomed."