Have 'unlucky' Wigan Athletic left themselves too much to do?

Wigan face Tottenham and Arsenal after a terrible weekend of results. Can they get to their blockbuster final day game against Aston Villa with a chance of staying up?

No mistake about it, this was a quite awful weekend of results for Wigan Athletic, who slipped to a 2-0 defeat at West Ham, just days after being edged out 1-0 by Manchester City.

Manager Roberto Martinez bemoaned his side's misfortune, and elsewhere their luck was not in either - relegation rivals Sunderland won, along with Norwich, Stoke, and Newcastle also picking up a point.

Wigan remain in 18th on 31 points, three behind Aston Villa with the same amount of games played. 16th placed Newcastle are six points above the Latics.

With less than a month of Premier League action to go it looks rather grim for Wigan, who a couple of weeks ago were pulling out results, and looked a sure bet to overtake Sunderland, whose own fortunes have been transformed by sacking O'Neill and replacing him with Di Canio.

The only crumb of comfort Wigan can try to take, is that Aston Villa face Manchester United tonight at Old Trafford, and are unlikely to pick up points, which will then see the game in hand come back into play.

It may appear as though Wigan, the perennial escape artists have left themselves a task too big, because main rivals Villa are in good form, despite their clash tonight.

Wigan have a run of fixtures which can't be described as kind, they travel to Spurs and West Brom, before hosting Swansea and then go back on the road to Arsenal.

They do have a track record for the unpredictable, even winning away in similar circumstances against Arsenal last season, but the FA Cup finalists may find this particular escape act is beyond them.

Their final day game is one at home to Aston Villa, after the cup final, and given their track record, if they can get to that game needing a win to survive, you would not bet against them doing it.

Whether they can get there on the other hand is another matter. After tonight, Villa face Sunderland, Norwich, and Chelsea - games where Chelsea aside, who battered them 8-0 in December, they will fancy themselves to pick up points.

It's almost impossible to predict what may happen, but the odds at present appear stacked against Wigan.

Can Wigan do it? What do you think?

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