Villa 6/4 for the drop

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: April 1 2013, 23:09 BST

Aston Villa are no better than 6/4 for relegation after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

These are worrying times for Paul Lambert and Villa
These are worrying times for Paul Lambert and Villa

bwin offer that price after Liverpool came from behind to win and leave Villa in the drop zone on goal difference from Wigan.

Christian Benteke gave Villa a half-time lead but Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard netted after the break to give Liverpool all three points.

Wigan have lengthened from a best of 15/8 to 2/1 (general) for the drop. They have played a game less than Villa. Sunderland are 15/8 at Ladbrokes and bet365.

Reading, who lost 4-1 at Arsenal on Saturday, and QPR, who face Fulham on Monday, remain heavily odds-on to go straight back down to the Championship.

It's 14/1 bar the current bottom five with Norwich, beaten 1-0 by Wigan, offered at that price. They sit three points outside the drop zone.

Position Player Score
12 Southampton 34
13 Stoke City 34
14 Norwich 34
15 Newcastle 33
16 Sunderland 31
17 Wigan 30
18 A Villa 30
19 QPR 23
20 Reading 23

Then come Newcastle at 16s and Stoke and Southampton at 20s.

The Potters' slide down the table continued with a 1-0 defeat to Everton - they have taken just five points in 2013 - while Southampton were impressive 2-1 winners over Chelsea.

As for Liverpool, they are into a top price of 20/1 with bet365 to finish in the top four. William Hill and Stan James offer just 12s.

Despite their win, the Reds are still seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea having played a game more.

Three teams ended the weekend odds-on for a top-four finish - but only two slots appear to be available.

Chelsea were the big losers in the race for Champions League football as they lost at Southampton while their top-four rivals all won.

The Blues are subsequently out to a general 2/5 - the biggest price they've been all season.

Position Player Score
3 Tottenham 57
4 Chelsea 55
5 Arsenal 53
6 Everton 51
7 Liverpool 48

Arsenal, who were as big as 9/4 just three weeks ago, are 8/11 shots after beating Reading 4-1 - the same price as local rivals Tottenham, who moved above Chelsea and into third with their 2-1 win at Swansea.

Sixth-placed Everton are the outsiders at 11/1 (Ladbrokes) after edging past Stoke. They have a tough run-in with away games against all three London contenders to come.

The current standings see Spurs on 57 points, Chelsea 55, Arsenal 53 and Everton 51. Spurs have played a game more than their rivals.