Aston Villa are as short as 9/25 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds following their 4-0 drubbing by Leicester at King Power Stadium.
That was a fourth straight defeat in this competition and left Dean Smith’s side second from bottom on 25 points, although they do have a game in hand.
Smith felt Villa were hard done by regarding a penalty decision when only 1-0 down but also slammed his players for an error-strewn display.
He said: “We were very cheap on the ball and very careless on the ball and gave it back to Leicester too easily at times.
“Disappointing is an understatement. We felt that we would have a chance here, but we are getting punished massively for our mistakes at the moment.”
It was a bad round of fixtures for the struggling teams, with all of the bottom five tasting defeat.
Watford were probably the most frustrated after following up their incredible win over Liverpool by going down 1-0 at Crystal Palace.
Jordan Ayew grabbed the only goal of a scrappy encounter as the Hornets stayed on 27 points and are 12/5 to fall.
Nigel Pearson said: “The result didn’t go the way we wanted, for sure. I think we did enough in terms of performance to go away with at least a point.
“I think we played pretty well and it was a missed opportunity in some ways because of our inability to be decisive in front of goal.”
Cherries surrender Anfield lead
Bournemouth were beaten 2-1 at Liverpool after taking a surprise early lead through Callum Wilson and stayed below Watford on goal difference.
The Cherries are 83/100 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds, but Eddie Howe remains upbeat.
He commented: “The last six games we have been a lot better, back to creating goals, looking a lot better.
“Ultimately, at this stage of the season, with games running out, it is about points and I would take points over performances.
“But you saw a team that was very motivated and hungry to do well, with quality as well. We have to take that confidence and use it.”
West Ham complete a trio of teams stuck on 27 points after losing 1-0 at Arsenal and are 11/5 to go down.
January signing Jarrod Bowen hit the post in the early stages and knows the Hammers need to be more clinical to stay up.
He said: “We need to be more ruthless in front of goal, but again the performance levels and the work ethic were there. It’s just that final bit which is crucial.”
Basement dwellers Norwich are six points from safety and 1/20 for a quick return to the Championship following a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United.
Brighton boosted their survival hopes, though, thanks to a 0-0 draw at Wolves, with Albion eased to 11/4 to fall after reaching 29 points.
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