Which teams are in the most trouble if Wigan Athletic beat Swansea?

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Wigan's win over West Brom at the weekend means that there are still eight teams with a realistic chance of being relegated from the Premier League, but who will fear another Roberto Martinez great escape most?

Twice on Saturday it looked like the jog was up for Wigan Athletic, with West Brom taking the lead against Roberto Martinez's team on two occasions at the Hawthorns.

A defeat, or even a draw, in that game would have almost certainly sent them down, but instead they now play Swansea on Tuesday night with a chance to leapfrog two sides if they win.

Those two teams, Newcastle United and Norwich City, are undoubtedly the pair with most to fear from Wigan, as they are in perhaps the worst form of all the teams at the bottom. They, along with Sunderland, all currently sit on 38 points, but their goal difference is considerably worse than Paolo Di Canio's team's. A win for Wigan would see them join these three teams on 38 points, and they would also have a better goal difference than Newcastle and Norwich if they beat Swansea.

However they are not the only teams dreading a Wigan win, as the good form of several teams at the bottom means that even those with 40 points cannot feel safe at the moment. In fact even Stoke, currently on 41 points, know that a Wigan win will put them within three points of the relegation zone.

Tony Pulis' side are probably safe, but Fulham and Aston Villa are not secure on 40 points. Villa's excellent form as seen them into a good position, but with matches at home to Chelsea and away at Wigan left, there is a chance they might not pick up any more points this season. Fulham too will be hoping for teams below them to stumble, as they might struggle to turnaround their terrible recent form in their final two games.

The other side in the mix is Southampton, whose narrow loss to Tottenham Hotspur might yet prove costly, as they sit on 39 points with matches against Sunderland and Stoke to come. Along with Aston Villa and Fulham, they are probably just one win from safety, but it will be a tricky three points to come by.

Looking at fixtures and form, a Wigan win would be a nightmare for several sides, but along with the three teams that they would join on 38 points with a win, Aston Villa perhaps have the most to fear, as their hopes could be decided by a final day showdown at the DW Stadium.

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