Birmingham teams under survival pressure

Aston Villa and Birmingham City are both under pressure to survive in their respective leagues, as the end of the football season draws closer.

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Birmingham City edge closer to relegation with defeat

Birmingham City are edging ever closer to relegation tonight after losing once again at home to Wigan Athletic.

Callum McManaman got the one and only goal of the game in the third minute to give Wigan the three points.

The result means Birmingham missed out on the chance of jumping out of the bottom three. They remain in the relegation zone in 22nd place on 43 points with just one more game left to play.

Their chances of survival in the Championship will now go down to the last game of the season on Saturday when they travel to Bolton Wanderers.

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How the fans can help Birmingham City tonight

Dr David Fletcher, a sports psychologist, says Birmingham City fans need to be the "12th player" ahead of their match against Wigan tonight.

The Blues are currently in the relegation zone and have not won at home since October last year.

They are desperate for a win to keep their chances of playing in the Championship next season alive.

Odds on survival for Birmingham football teams

Aston Villa sit just 3 points outside the relegation zone in the Premier League, after failing to win in their last six matches.

In the betting, they are fifth favourite to be relegated, behind Cardiff City, Norwich City, Fulham and Sunderland:

  • 15/2 - Aston Villa to be relegated

In the Championship, Birmingham City occupy the final relegation place, but they do have a game in hand on most of the teams above them.

The bookmakers make Doncaster the favourites to take up the final relegation place, ahead of Birmingham:

  • 15/8 - Birmingham City to be relegated
  • 4/9 - Birmingham City to stay up

Odds courtesy of Skybet.

Birmingham City boss confident of survival

The Birmingham City manager Lee Clark says he is confident the team can get four points from their remaining two matches, to guarantee Championship survival.

His side currently sit in the bottom three, but have a game in hand on a number of teams above them. Clark says the fans will be the driving force behind their push for safety.

Birmingham take on Wigan Athletic tomorrow night in their final home match of the season, when they are looking to get their first win at St Andrews since October.

Birmingham will need to take at least a point from this game-in-hand, if survival is to be in their own hands on the final day.

The last match is away at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

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