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Premier League Preview: Wigan v Aston Villa

Created on May. 17, 2013 11:58 PM EST

After eight seasons in the Premier League, the curtain finally comes down on Wigan's stay in the top flight as they face Aston Villa.

Three days after their victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup final, Wigan's relegation to the Championship was confirmed with a 4-1 defeat away at Arsenal.

Villa have spent most of the season battling against the drop themselves and this match was expected to be a relegation decider, however Wigan's demise meant there is nothing left to play for on the final day of the season.

Roberto Martinez's side have only won one of their last seven matches - the great escape looked on after a draw against Tottenham and victory over West Brom but defeats to Swansea and Arsenal condemned them to the Championship.

Wigan have only beaten beaten Villa once at the DW Stadium since they were promoted to the top flight in 2006, and they have lost four of the seven matches conceding 14 goals.

Victory for Villa could see them finish as high as 11th if results go their way. They have won three of their last six matches to climb away from trouble, with Christian Benteke scoring five of their 13 goals in that time.

The Belgium international has scored 19 goals for the club this season but they will have to do without him as he is serving a one-match ban following his two yellow cards against Chelsea.

Darren Bent could replace Benteke upfront, but Paul Lambert also has Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Jordan Bowery as striking options.

Matthew Lowton and Karim El Ahmadi are both doubts for Villa through injury, with Ciaran Clark, Chris Herd and Marc Albrighton also joining them on the sidelines.

Wigan's injury list continues to grow. Callum McManaman is the latest to join the list of long term absentees with an ankle injury that will keep him out for three months. Ronnie Stam, Ivan Ramis, Maynor Figueroa and Albert Crusat are also definitely out, but Jean Beausejour could return.

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