Rangers took the lead in the first half at Villa Park but were pegged back by the hosts, who eventually secured a maximum haul via a Christian Benteke strike ten minutes from time.
The result leaves Harry Redknapp’s men bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety and now 4/1 with Ladbrokes to survive, while Paul Lambert’s men, now three points above the drop zone, are out to 2/1 (BetVictor) to go down.
Bookies also feel Reading’s defeat at Manchester United effectively confirms their relegation, hence bet365′s 1/16 for them to be playing Championship football next season and completing the current bottom three are Wigan, even money at Betfred to go down, despite their dramatic winner against Newcastle.
Elsewhere, Sunderland’s draw with Norwich means they’re in to 4/1 in Ladbrokes’ relegation market but Southampton have drifted to 7/1 courtesy of Stan James following their victory over Liverpool.
“As it stands, the current bottom three appear to be the most likely candidates for the dreaded drop and indeed bet365 offer 13/8 about that trio going down,” said Betrescue spokesman Chris Hutcheon, “however, Sunderland have a tough run of fixtures coming up before they play Aston Villa at the end of April and it would be no surprise to see Martin O’Neill’s men dragged into a dogfight.”