All-at-sea Aston Villa a must-back for relegation at chunky odds

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One point from the last six Premier League games means serenity is not a word you can associate with Aston Villa at the moment, but for the neutral there’s plenty to be cheerful about when you look at their price to be relegated.

Ahead of Cardiff and Sunderland’s relegation scrap, the Villans were 12/1 to be relegated from the Premier League and given their form and remaining fixtures it’s hard not to see the value about those odds.

A 4-1 defeat to Swansea on Saturday made it no wins in six games for Paul Lambert, who was jeered with chants for his sacking by the disgruntled travelling supporters.

The midlands’ club have a home game against Hull, who have already shown they won’t roll over for the relegation battlers in coming from two goals down to draw with Fulham, before taking trips to the Etihad and White Hart Lane to complete their season.

Should Cardiff win against the Black Cats then just two points will separate the drop zone from Aston Villa and if it hasn’t already, desperation will kick in.

Much of Villa’s now shaky stance of safety in the top-flight this term has been built on their results on the road, where they own the 10th best record in the division, but those results have rarely come against the top sides.

Their opening day win over Arsenal is their only set of three points on the road against any side currently sat in the top seven, so wins over Manchester City and Tottenham cannot be expected.

Meanwhile, Lambert’s side are ranked 18th in the league for home results, losing over half the games they’ve played in front of their own fans in the Premier League this season.

A late attempt to restore harmony to the dressing room, by suspending coaches Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, clearly hasn’t worked and their price slide into the Championship really does look too good to be true.

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