On the back of a convincing 3-2 win over Everton on Saturday, Aston Villa is rapidly approaching the finish line for Premier League safety. But, as has been illustrated countless times in the Premier League, a shocking run on form, especially for a team with a date at Wembley coming up, is not unthinkable. So, how do the bookies think Villa will fare? Here is this week's look at the odds for Premier League relegation.
QPR and Burnley: The clarets and the 'Queens Park Raisins' as Louis Van Gaal so affectionately calls them, will almost certainly be playing their football in the Championship next year. QPR lost in heart-breaking fashion on Saturday after Stevie G's farewell moment at Anfield, and Burnley failed to score yet again in a 1-0 loss to Villa's next opponent - West Ham. The best odds for either of these teams is 1/100 (1/100!) and every single betting organization is all in on their relegation.
Sunderland: Sunderland is the next-favorite team to be relegated, but survived a must-win game over the weekend against European-challenging Southampton. Costel Pantilimon made a lead-preserving save in the dying moments of the game, but Sunderland's joy will have been short lived upon seeing the other results of the afternoon. Sunderland's odds are hanging around 3/4 to 4/5, and they are the favorite to claim the last relegation spot.
Hull and Newcastle: The formidable John Carver's Newcastle are spiraling out of control, and his wise man management tactics of accusing his own players of getting sent off on purpose is certainly 'unorthodox'. Hull picked up 6 crucial points last week, but came back down to earth after a 3-1 loss to Arsenal. Hull's odds are sitting around 4/1, and Newcastle's are slightly better at around 5/1, with both teams still in real danger.
Leicester City: Nigel Pearson's bizarre press conference tactics of late seem to be slightly more effective than those of John Carver's, and the fairytale foxes won convincingly again this weekend. Leicester's odds are slightly more spread out - they range from 4/1 with Bet Victor to 7/1 from Sky Bet, but the 'great escape' storyline that they are following certainly hints that they will survive.
Aston Villa: The B6 faithful can begin to breathe easy again - there are nearing the relegation line, and the bookies think the Villans to be all but safe. The claret and blue's relentless work ethic since the appointment of Tim Sherwood looks to finally be rewarded, with the lowest odds being 12/1 from Bet Coral. Breathe a sigh of relief, Villa fans - Sherwood has worked the magic he promised he would.
My predictions after week 35: Burnley, QPR, Hull