Fingernail biting will be rife for millions of football fans up and down the country over the next few weeks as the fate of teams in the Championship and Premier League is decided.
MK Dons striker Izale McLeod will be one nervous onlooker as he hopes his beloved Aston Villa avoid the drop from the top-flight.
Villa had long been written off by many but a turn in form over the past two months has given them fresh hope of remaining in the Premier League. Their chances of survival were given a huge boost on Monday night when they thrashed Sunderland 6-1 at Villa Park to climb outside the bottom three.
Birmingham-born McLeod believes that result will be the catalyst to Paul Lambert’s side staying up, he told mkdons.com: “Of course we are staying up! They say League tables don’t lie, the Premier League does! They are a young team and I think in Paul Lambert we have a really, really good manager.
“I’m pleased they got that victory under their belt and I think that might be the nail in the coffin for Wigan now. I’m surprised at how close it is at the bottom but it’s the Premier League and highly competitive.
“I think after the result against Sunderland people can see they have the quality and potential for Paul Lambert to build next season.”
Villa have three games to go including a trip to Lambert’s former side Norwich City, a home game against Chelsea and then a potential ‘winner takes all’ battle at Wigan on the final game of the season.