Can Birmingham City survive relegation?

Many football fans will be eagerly awaiting kick-off at St. Andrews tonight as struggling Birmingham City host Wigan in the Championship.

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Aston Villa goes up for sale

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has announced that he has put the club up for sale.

Owner Randy Lerner has said he feels the decision is in the best interests of the club
Owner Randy Lerner has said he feels the decision is in the best interests of the club Credit: David Davies/PA

In a statement, Lerner said he has pushed his fates "well past the limit" by weekly battles and said he felt the decision puts the club first.

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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.

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.

READ: Can Birmingham City survive relegation as they host Wigan?

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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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PM: As a Villa fan I'll save advice for Moyes' successor

Asked if he had any advice for the person who takes over from David Moyes at Manchester United, David Cameron said he would save the advice as a fan of Aston Villa who had had a "ropey season".

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Pool

The Prime Minister said: "As an Aston Villa fan, we've had a bit of a ropey season, so I think I'll save the advice on football management - a subject about which I know precious little."

New reports Randy Lerner 'ready to sell' Aston Villa

Lerner has said he will address rumours of a sale at the end of the season Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Reports have continued to circulate this morning that Randy Lerner is ready to sell Aston Villa.

Yesterday the Villa chairman said he would address rumours about the club's sale at the end of the season.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Lerner could sell Aston Villa for £200m and that initial talks have been held with a consortium in the United States.

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