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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

The Relegation Scrap: Premier League battle going down to the wire

Newcastle manager John Carver makes it clear that his side must step up their game and end their poor run of form in order to avoid relegation.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains Newcastle United are playing up to standards, which he feels comes down to ownership.

With three rounds of games remaining in the Premier League season, Dale Johnson assesses the teams battling to avoid the drop with just two points separating five teams for 18th place.

ASTON VILLA
Position: 14th
Points: 35
Remaining fixtures: West Ham (h), Southampton (a), Burnley (h)

Aston Villa's position looks relatively comfortable after victory at home to Everton at the weekend. They now top the mini-league of five teams hoping to avoid relegation and have the comfort of two relatively...



ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Aston Villa will struggle to keep Christian Benteke - Leandro Bacuna

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood elaborates on his side's victory over Everton, and notes that his side showed heroics.

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna has said it will be "hard to hang onto" Christian Benteke this summer after his fine run of form.

Benteke, 24, had been expected to leave Villa Park in 2013 after scoring 19 Premier League goals in his debut season with the club, but he signed a new, four-year contract that summer.

The Belgium international had struggled for form and fitness for the most part since that time, but the arrival of boss Tim Sherwood in February has helped the striker enjoy a revival, and...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa almost safe under Sherwood but there's still work to do

Tim Sherwood labelled his Aston Villa side 'heroic' after their win over Everton.
Tim Sherwood labelled his Aston Villa side 'heroic' after their win over Everton.

When Tim Sherwood was appointed Aston Villa manager in February, he maintained that six wins would be required in order for the club -- then in the bottom three -- to escape relegation.

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Saturday's excellent 3-2 victory over Everton was number four and the way the Premier League table stands, Sherwood's initial assessment will be spot on. Villa probably will have to win two further matches to stay up.

Continue playing like they have in the last few weeks and Sherwood's side are more than capable...