Villa 3/1 for the drop

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: April 6 2013, 18:13 BST

Aston Villa are out to 3/1 to be relegated after boosting their survival hopes with a 3-1 victory at Stoke on Saturday.

Lowton celebrates his goal for Villa, who are now 3/1 to go down
Lowton celebrates his goal for Villa, who are now 3/1 to go down

Villa took an early lead through Gabriel Agbonlahor and although Michael Kightly equalised with 10 minutes to go, late goals from Matty Lowton and Christian Benteke gave the visitors three crucial points.

The win took Villa out of the relegation zone. They are now three points ahead of Wigan, who occupy the final relegation slot, although the Latics do have two games in hand.

Still, the layers don't expect Paul Lambert's side to go down with bet365 and Sky Bet offering 3/1.

Stoke, on the other hand, were cut again although they remain 10/1 for the drop.

Position Player Score
11 Southampton 37
12 West Ham 36
13 Norwich 35
14 Stoke City 34
15 Newcastle 33
16 A Villa 33
17 Sunderland 31
18 Wigan 30
19 QPR 23
20 Reading 23

They are now 14th, four points outside the bottom three, but most sides below them have at least one game in hand. The Potters have taken just five points since the turn of the year.

Reading are now no bigger than 1/66 (William Hill) for the drop after a 2-0 home defeat to Southampton, one which means their hopes of survival are all but over.

Saints, however, are now seven points clear of danger and can be backed at 100/1 to go down at bet365.

QPR, who play Wigan on Sunday, are also heavily odds-on but all other sides are odds-against.

Sunderland are currently the shortest price of the other relegation candidates but can still be backed at 15/8 with Ladbrokes to go down. Wigan are 9/4 shots with Stan James.

At the other end of the table, Arsenal shortened again for a top-four finish after a nervy 2-1 win at West Brom.

The Gunners had to play the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Per Mertesacker's red card but held out for a win thanks to Tomas Roiscky's earlier goals.

Position Player Score
3 Tottenham 57
4 Arsenal 56
5 Chelsea 55
6 Everton 51

Arsenal, who move back into the top four as a result of their victory, were cut into 4/9 with William Hill and Paddy Power.

They are now a point behind third-placed Spurs and a point ahead of Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

Chelsea (2/5 with Ladbrokes and Hill's) and Tottenham (11/10 with bet365) were both lengthened ahead of their games on Sunday.

Everton, who face Spurs in a massive game for their hopes, are offered at 10s with Ladbrokes.

Coral's Tim Reynolds said: "With Arsenal having secured maximum points against West Brom the pressure is now on Chelsea and Tottenham to both win on Sunday, but with Spurs set to be without Gareth Bale for a couple of matches, Tottenham could be the team to lose out on finishing the season in a Champions League qualification spot."

Reynolds' firm have all three at odds-on but only two places in the top four appear to be up for grabs.

Top-four contenders' remaining fixtures:

TOTTENHAM (3rd - Pld 31 Pts 57)

Apr 7 - Everton H

Apr 21 - Manchester City H

Apr 27 - Wigan A

May 4 - Southampton H

May 12 - Stoke A

May 19 - Sunderland H

TBC - Chelsea A

ARSENAL (4th - Pld 31 Pts 56)

Apr 13 - Norwich H

Apr 16 - Everton H

Apr 20 - Fulham A

Apr 28 - Manchester United H

May 4 - QPR A

May 12 - Wigan H

May 19 - Newcastle A

CHELSEA (5th - Pld 30 Pts 55)

Apr 6 - Sunderland H

Apr 17 - Fulham A

Apr 21 - Liverpool A

Apr 27 - Swansea H

May 4 - Manchester United A

May 12 - Aston Villa A

May 19 - Everton H

TBC - Tottenham H

EVERTON (6th - Pld 30 Pts 51)

Apr 7 - Tottenham A

Apr 13 - QPR H

Apr 16 - Arsenal A

Apr 20 - Sunderland A

Apr 27 - Fulham H

May 4 - Liverpool A

May 12 - West Ham H

May 19 - Chelsea A

  • In addition to the fixtures above, Chelsea and Tottenham are both still in the Europa League, while Chelsea are also in the FA Cup.