Last updated at 19:00, Sunday 29th April 2012
Ali Al-Habsi celebrates Wigan's third goal against Newcastle

Lethal Latics 16s for the drop


Mike Holden

Wigan boosted their Premier League survival hopes with yet another prize scalp as they put Newcastle to the sword in a first-half rout at the DW Stadium.

A quickfire double from livewire striker Victor Moses (9/1 first goalscorer) put the Latics 2-0 ahead inside 15 minutes and further goals from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo had those who backed the home win at 19/10 with Paddy Power counting their winnings by half-time.

It means Roberto Martinez's men have now beaten three of the top four in the past 17 days, following on from their shock victories over Manchester United and Arsenal in a treble that rolled up at 376/1.

Wigan now sit three points above the drop zone with a much-improved goal difference and they've drifted from 3/1 out to 16/1 for relegation with Betfred ahead of next weekend's trip to Blackburn followed by a home game against relegated Wolves. Newcastle have drifted from 6/4 out to 7/2 to finish in the top four.

Meanwhile, Bolton and Aston Villa both avoided defeat on the road in somewhat different circumstances at Sunderland and West Brom respectively. Wanderers drew 2-2 at the Stadium of Light, Kevin Davies (17/2 first goalscorer) bagging a brace, while Villa played out a dour goalless stalemate at the Hawthorns.

Bolton remain in the bottom three and can be backed at 11/8 for relegation with William Hill, Villa have a three-point cushion and Stan James offer 10/1 on them going down.


Results: Everton 4-0 Fulham, Norwich 0-3 Liverpool, Stoke 1-1 Arsenal, Sunderland 2-2 Bolton, Swansea 4-4 Wolves, West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa, Wigan 4-0 Newcastle