Wigan Athletic remain three points adrift of Aston Villa in 17th position and are now odds-on to be relegated from the Premier League after the weekend’s action in which they lost and Sunderland, Stoke City, Norwich City and Newcastle United all picked up points.
The Latics are 3/5 to finish in the bottom three, cut from 8/5, after a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.
Goals from Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan gave the Hammers a comfortable win and the FA Cup finalists will be hoping that Aston Villa, who are 9/4 to be relegated, will lose to Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight.
All the teams above Wigan made it a terrible weekend for boss Roberto Martinez and his troops by picking up points.
Newcastle United are six points above the Latics after a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns – Yoan Gouffran’s early header being cancelled out by Billy Jones’ second-half equaliser – but the Magpies are now 18/1 to go down.
Goals from Peter Crouch and Jon Walters gave Stoke City just their second league win of 2013, and their 2-0 success over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road lifts the Potters six points above the drop zone.
Tony Pulis’ side are now 20/1 to suffer relegation (from 7/2), while the latest loss for Harry Redknapp’s side leaves them ten points from safety with just four games remaining.
Sunderland are also now six points above Wigan after a Stephane Sessegnon goal gave the Black Cats a 1-0 win over Everton in Paolo Di Canio’s first game at the Stadium of Light. The Wearsiders are also 20/1 to be relegated.
Norwich are the third team priced at 20/1 to go down after they beat Reading 2-1 at Carrow Road to move seven points clear of danger.
Goals from Ryan Bennett and Elliott Bennett put the Canaries in control, meaning a late Garath McCleary goal was in vain for the Royals.
Those defeats for Reading and QPR leave both teams on 24 points and they could officially be relegated before they meet at the Madejski Stadium next Sunday.