Villa cut to 11/2 for relegation
Aston Villa have been cut to odds of 11/2 for relegation by Bet365 after a 2-1 home defeat to Bolton on Tuesday evening.
The Villans had taken the lead midway through the first half with a Stephen Warnock strike, but were behind in the game within three minutes of the restart as Martin Petrov then David Ngog turned the game on its head.
The result leaves Villa just three points ahead of Bolton who currently occupy the final relegation spot. Bet365 have pushed The Trotters’ odds on relegation out to 7/5 from a pre-match 1/2.
QPR and Wigan fill the spaces between Villa and Bolton in the table and are quoted at odds of 11/8 and 11/4 for the drop respectively.
Villa’s three remaining fixtures are away to West Brom on Saturday, then home to Tottenham before a trip to Carrow Road on the final day of the season. And manager Alex McLeish has vowed to battle on despite feeling the wrath of the Villa Park crowd on Tuesday night.
“They [Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner] are frustrated, just as I was,” said the Scotsman. “To see the game turn around like that after we took a deserved lead was horrible.”
“It was incredible the way the game turned but I do understand the fans' reaction. They know the team is in a bit of trouble in a position Aston Villa fans don't expect the team to be in.”
In light of Villa’s slump bookmakers have opened up betting markets on the club’s next manager, with BetVictor making Rafael Benitez their 8/1 favourite. Alan Curbishley is quoted at 10/1 while Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Roberto Martinez and Kevin MacDonald are all 12/1 chances.