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Aston Villa v Preston Prediction & Betting Tips – 20th February 2018

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Aston Villa v Preston Championship, 20th February 7.45pm

The Villians will be looking to extend some powerful home form as they step out against Preston in midweek. Aston Villa could make it four league home wins on the bounce if they collectthree points this one. It could be a tough battle that they face though as they take on Preston who are hoping to find a way to break into the play off spots.

Aston Villa v Preston Betting Odds*

Aston Villa even money, Draw 12/4, Preston 11/4* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.)

Aston Villa News and Form

The Villains had their massively positive stretch of winning form snapped on the weekend with a loss out at Fulham. Aston Villa were on a seven-match winning streak in the Championship before that hit. Still they boast a fantastic W10 D5 L1 record on home soil in the league this season and they are on a four-match winning streak there, unbeaten in eight. Villa have produced well in front of goal on home soil and over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.). Villa have averaged 1.9 goals per game at home this season in the league and they have conceded in three of their last five games on home soil. Villa have scored at least two goals in each of their last five home games in the league and should be fired up to get back to winning ways after that blip against Fulham. They can boast the third-best home form in the division this season and for them, both Albert Adomah and Scott Hogan have scored in three of their last four home games. Villa go into the midweek round of matches having dropped back down to third place.

Preston News and Form

Preston should be no push however though and will be full of confidence having held out for a 1-1 draw at home on the weekend against league leaders Wolves. That is a six-match undefeated streak of form that they are on in the division and they have suffered only the one loss since a 3-0 reverse at Ipswich back on November 4th. That’s been an impressive run, but they haven’t done as much winning as they would have liked. Four of their last six have been drawn now and all of them 1-1 results. In the Bet365 correct score market a 1-1 draw is trading at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.) and that could well have some nice appeal in this one. Preston are currently running on an eight-match undefeated stretch of games away from home and they have scored in each of their last four. They have been defensively solid on their travels with just the sixteen goals shipped in sixteen games, while they have averaged 1.25 goals themselves on their travels. They have proven that they are a tough side to get the better off and their last two away wins have been with a clean sheet and one of those was against current second-placed side Cardiff.

Aston Villa v Preston Head to Head

Villa were 2-0 winners out on the road against Preston earlier this season and that leaves them with a pretty strong head to head over them. They have lost just one of their last twelve against Preston in all competitions, although only four of those have been since 2000. Both teams have scored in just one of their last four comings together. There was a 2-2 draw in this corresponding fixture last season.

Who will win – Aston Villa v Preston Predictions

Aston Villa’s home form should just tip the balance in their favour. They are really looking like strong contenders to get up to the top flight now and even though this probably isn’t going to be an easy game for them, they are value to come through the trial.

19th February 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Aston Villa v Birmingham Prediction & Betting Tips – 11th February 2018

Championship Betting

Aston Villa v Birmingham Championship, 11th February 12.00pm

The Midlands derby is always one to look forward too and it’s an important one for both of these. Birmingham need the points to help stave off the threat of relegation while the Villains need them to try and hone in on automatic promotion. Both are carrying some pretty decent form with them at the moment and this should be a cracking encounter at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.

Aston Villa v Birmingham Betting Odds*

Aston Villa 8/11, Draw 13/5, Birmingham 5/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 3:58 p.m.)

Aston Villa News and Form

Villa are running in some hot form at the moment with a tremendous six-match winning streak going. That leaves them just outside the automatic play off spots going into the weekend. They really have their act together at the moment and four of those six wins have been with a clean sheet too. Aston Villa to win to nil at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 3:58 p.m.) is at 6/4 odds. Villa’s home record in the Championship this season reads W9 D5 L1 and they are on a three-match winning streak there and are unbeaten in their last seven at Villa Park now. They have scored at least three goals in each of their last three home games as well but up in the correct score market an Aston Villa 1-0 is at the head of the market and that is because there have been a lot of low-scoring, tight Midlands derby duels between Villa and Birmingham recently. Villa have conceded at an average of under a goal per game this season so far at home and they have scored 28 goals in their 15 home games which is about 1.9 goals per game. Villa have been leading at half time in nine of their home games as well this season. Villa have scored in each of their last eight league games and their top scorer this season is Albert Adomah with seven of his twelve league goals having come on home soil.

Birmingham News and Form

The Blues have finally started to get things together and they are moving away from the threat of relegation. That is because they have gone W4 D1 L1 in their last six league games a vast improvement to how poor they were going for the rest of the season. They have won their last two game back to back by a 3-1 scoreline, taking down Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday. Away from home, they’ve managed to go four unbeaten now and have won two of their last three away from St Andrews. Those have been the only away wins that they have gotten this season in an overall W2 D4 L9 record. They have struggled up front this term with only the eleven goals scored on their travels in fifteen games and just 20% of their away fixtures this season have made it over 2.5 goals. Under 1.5 goals at bet365 for 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 3:58 p.m.) looks a decent option to roll with for this derby game. After their improvement recently Birmingham will be starting the weekend four points clear of the relegation zone, so they have a bit of a cushion, but they were taken to extra time in midweek in their FA Cup replay against Huddersfield (which Birmingham lost) so that wasn’t ideal preparation for this one.

Aston Villa v Birmingham Head to Head

The last four between these two at Villa Park have been tight battles with Villa winning three of them by a 1-0 scoreline and the other being a 0-0 draw. There was a 0-0 draw between the two rivals St Andrews back in October. It means that each of the last five meetings now have ended under 2.5 goals and just one of the last nine meetings have managed to make it over the goal line. Aston Villa can boast a six-match unbeaten streak of form on home soil against the Blues, with wins in five of those.

Who will win – Aston Villa v Birmingham Predictions

Aston Villa are just in brilliant form at the moment and now have automatic promotion fully within their sights. A Midlands derby is never an easy game though, but the Villains are strong enough to get through this battle on home soil but as the Blues are improving, back the home side to just edging the duel by a one-goal margin only.

9th February 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Sheffield United v Aston Villa Prediction & Betting Tips – 30th January 2018

Championship Betting

Sheffield United v Aston Villa Championship, 30th January 7.45pm

The Blades have steadied the ship with a three-match undefeated streak of form in the league and a recent win at Norwich will have boosted their confidence. They need some momentum to get back into the play off race now. This is a tough game for them though against the Villains who are up in fifth, four points clear of them and on a great four-match winning streak. The Blades are 5/4 at Ladbrokes for the win, with the draw at 21/10 and Villa at 12/5* (Betting Odds taken on January 28th, 2018 at 7:12 p.m.)

Sheffield United v Aston Villa Betting Tips

The Blades need to get themselves going again as they have taken just the two wins in their last eleven Championship fixtures. It’s been a huge drop of form for them but the positives are that those two wins have come in their last five league games (W2 D2 L1). So maybe they are starting to find their feet again. The took a win at Norwich back on January 20th so now have the chance to make it back to back wins in the league. Their form overall at Bramall Lane is pretty good with a W8 D2 L4 record there but they are only W1 D2 L3 in their last six league outings on home soil, so you can see how much they have fallen apart. The Blades have averaged 1.6 goals per game this season on home soil in the Championship and half of their home wins have been by a one-goal margin only. Defensively they haven’t been that bad with them having conceded under a goal per game on average.

The Blades earned a 2-2 draw at Villa Park earlier in the season and that was the first ever Championship duel between the two sides. In the last six meetings between the two sides, things are evenly balanced between them with two wins each and two draws. If you want to look back at longer history then the Blades have managed to win just one of their last five home games against the Villains (D1 L3). In the Ladbrokes correct score market, the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw at 5/1* (Betting Odds taken on January 28th, 2018 at 11:56 p.m.) and the most frequent scoreline that has cropped up at Bramall Lane this season is a 1-0 home which has happened on three occasions. The Blades have opened the scoring in eight of their fourteen home games. Top scorer for the Blades is Leon Clarke who has scored 11 of his 15 league goals this season on home soil.

The last six clashes between Aston Villa and Sheffield United have all seen at least three goals in them so over 2.5 goals at Ladbrokes has to be weighed up here. Aston Villa have found their stride with a four-match winning streak and that is the second time this season that they have managed to do that. They have shipped only the one goal in their last four league outings now and they have won their last two away games in the championship by a 1-0 scoreline. So this all does point to this being a low scoring game whatever the outcome, but then history suggest that it won’t be. Villa have posted a W6 D3 L5 record for the season and they have taken a clean sheet in 43% of their away games. Only one of their away games have made it over three goals this season. Villa have scored in each of their last six Championship fixtures and a half-time draw at Ladbrokes looks great value because Villa have been level in seven of their fourteen road games this season. 64% of the goals that they have conceded away from home have come in the second half of matches.

Who will win – Sheffield United v Aston Villa Predictions

Aston Villa are good enough and in confident enough form at the moment to go and get a huge three points for themselves at Bramall Lane. The Blades are still searching hard to get that winning momentum back and it’s not there at the moment, so have a look at the visitors.

29th January 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Prediction & Betting Tips – 13th January 2018

Championship Betting

Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Championship, 13th January 5.30pm

Forest pulled out one of the shocks of the FA Cup third round as they burst into life to take out holders Arsenal at the City Ground. Can they use the confidence from that to get their home form in the league going, as they have lost three of their last four on home soil? Aston Villa brilliantly destroyed Bristol City on January 1st and will be looking for more points in their promotion push. The Villains are 6/4 favourites to win, with the draw at 11/5 and Forest at 2/1 * (Betting Odds taken January 8th at 10.45pm)

Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Betting Tips

Forest had a great day at the office last weekend as they knocked holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup. Now they need to replicate that kind of form back in the Championship. The Tricky Trees are just W1 L3 in their last four at the City Ground and have lost their last two there without having found the back of the net and each of their last three home defeats has seen Forest fail to score in them. Overall this season Forest are W7 D0 L6 on home soil in the Championship and that is keeping them in mid-table because their away form has been really poor. 66% of Nottingham Forest’s points have been earned at home. Forest have scored seventeen and have conceded seventeen goals on home soil this season so it is all pretty hit and miss from them. Both teams to score at Betfair for a quote of 5/6 odds may well have some appeal, therefore.

They have drafted in former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka to try and turn their fortunes around and that did spark a flurry of betting on them to get promoted this season. They start the weekend ten points outside of the play off spots though so have ground to make up. Overall home and away Forest are winless in five played (D2 L3) and they have won just one of their last eight league games. In the Betfair correct score market the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw at 5/1 and top scorer for Forest this season is Kieran Dowell but the top scorer for them on home soil is Barrie McKay with five. They are 4/1 and 9/2 respectively in the anytime goalscorer market for this one. Forest won this corresponding fixture last season 2-1 but they fell to a defeat by that scoreline at Villa earlier in the season. In the last five meetings between the two clubs, there have been two 2-1 home wins, two 2-2 draws and a 2-0 home win with Villa W2 D2 L1 up in that sequence of games.

After a little blip through December, Villa seems to be back on track having posted back to back wins over Middlesbrough and Bristol City. Those were tough games and they sailed through them with six unanswered goals in total. Away from home, this season Villa are W5 D3 L5 and their recent win at Middlesbrough snapped a three-match winless streak that they were on away from Villa Park. They will have the defence to stay in this contest and they have conceded just over a goal per game away from home but have taken a clean sheet in 38% of their road games this season. The half time draws at Betfair may well be worth considering too as the Villains have been level at the break in seven of their thirteen away games this term. Scott Hogan and Albert Adomah are the leading options in the anytime goalscorer market for the Saturday evening duel.

Who will win – Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Predictions

Forest just don’t have the home form in the Championship at the moment to suggest that they can take down Villa. The Villains have a little bit of momentum behind them now and they can go and collect three points at the City Ground.

10th January 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Aston Villa v Bristol City Prediction & Betting Tips – 1st January 2018

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Aston Villa v Bristol City Championship, 1st January 3.00pm

Aston Villa’s promotion push has come off the rails a little bit with a slump in form recently, but they got themselves a nice win out at Middlesbrough on the weekend to stop their winless streak. Bristol City had their great positive momentum stopped on the weekend as they were taken out by leaders Wolves and the Robins are 11/4 underdogs for this trip to Villa Park with Aston Villa at 5/4 to get the win, with the draw at 12/5.

Aston Villa v Bristol City Betting Tips

Villa have posted a W6 D5 L1 record for the season at Villa Park in the championship and they are undefeated in their last four there, drawing their last two. So it has been a strong campaign overall on home soil from the Villains who have only given up the ten goals in their twelve home games so they have been difficult to break down. The Villains have averaged 1.4 goals per game at home this season and as four of the six wins this term at hem have been by a one goal margin, this has every indication of being tight. In the William Hill correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest priced option at 5/1 while a 1-0 for Villa is at 13/2. They are going to have to be at their defensive best though to keep a positive Bristol City side off the scoresheet. Therefore both teams to score will have some appeal for the fixture.

Villa have been trailing at half time just once this season on home soil and they have taken a clean sheet in 42% of their home games which is very good. Albert Adomah is their top scorer for the season and he goes as a 15/8 anytime goalscorer option for the game. There was a 1-1 draw between these back in August with both goals coming in the second half of the game. From the three previous Championship fixtures between the two sides, there has been one win each and one draw. Each of the last three contests at Villa Park have been settled by a 2-0 scoreline, two wins for Villa and one for the Robins. Both teams have scored in just three of the last nine meetings between the two clubs.

The Robins were on a great sequence of form (W5 D1) before they feel at home to a narrow defeat by Wolves on the weekend at Ashton Gate. Wolves scored a winner in the 90th minute after fighting back from a goal down. So what kind of response will the Robins have in them? Bristol City are W6 D5 L1 out on the road this season and the year unbeaten in their last eleven so they have been very strong. Their last game out on the road saw them play out a 1-1 draw with QPR. Bristol City have scored twenty goals in their twelve away games while they have conceded at just over a goal per game on average. Only Wolves have a better away record than Bristol City do this season and only Wolves have scored more goals in the second tier than the Robins have done. Bobby Reid is a real threat in front of goal and he is a 12/5 William Hill anytime goalscorer option. Eight of his twelve league goals for the season have come away from home. The Robins will be in this.

Who will win – Aston Villa v Bristol City Predictions

The draw will have good appeal in this one. Villa are a strong enough at home to hold out against the positive-natured Bristol City in this one. The Robins’ loss against Wolves on the weekend will have been a tough one to swallow, but they can recover with a point in this one.

31st December 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Brentford v Aston Villa Prediction & Betting Tips – 26th December 2017

Championship Betting

Brentford v Aston Villa Championship, 26th December 7.30pm

Brentford have been a tough side to beat on home soil in the Championship this season and the Villains are the next ones charged with trying to take a win there. Can the Bees extend their good home form and give themselves a boost before the end of the year? Villa have just been stuttering a little bit out on the road recently with a mixed bag of results and are winless in their last two road games. Brentford are 11/8 to take the win at Betfair, with Villa at 2/1 and the draw at 5/2.

Brentford v Aston Villa Betting Tips

Overall it hasn’t been a bad season from Brentford if you look at the fact that they have been hard to beat, especially on home soil. They have gone W3 D7 L1 at home this season, which is good, again in terms of defensive solidity, but they haven’t been able to turn enough games into wins. They have alternated between a draw and a win in their last seven home games and would be due for a win if the sequence continues. The Bees have scored 18 goals in their eleven home games and have shipped at a rate of 1.3 goals per game so there is probably a decent option on both teams to score in the fixture. Given the home form that they have put up this season, it does suggest that they aren’t likely to lose at least.

Aston Villa have produced a W4 D3 L4 record out on the road and they have produced a mixed W2 D2 L2 record in their last six away from Villa Park. They have been a defensively solid side throughout the season and that will keep them in this one. They have scored 14 goals in their 11 road games this term and have conceded just over a goal per game on average. Under 2.5 goals looks a good option for the fixture as Villa have only conceded two goals in their last four road games. Top scorer for them this season out on the road is Albert Adomah with five and he goes as the anytime goalscorer outright favourite for the game. Villa have only scored the opening goal of a game three times away from home this season.

Who will win – Brentford v Aston Villa Predictions

The Bees are a good home side and they are pretty reliable going forward. They could well have enough in the bag to get themselves a good three points against Villa. If they could start tuning home draws into wins they could get a promotion challenge together.

23rd December 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Aston Villa v Sheffield United Prediction & Betting Tips – 23rd December 2017

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Aston Villa v Sheffield United Championship, 23rd December 5.30pm

The Villians and the Blades have both fallen out of form a little bit recently and so there is a big redeeming three points up for grabs in this one. They are sat level on 37 points in the top six and this is a huge showdown. However, home advantage could be the tipping point for the clash as the Villains have stayed strong at Villa Park. Aston Villa are 11/10 to pick up the home win with the draw at 5/2 and Sheffield United at 3/1.

Aston Villa v Sheffield United Betting Tips

This is a big game for the Villains who will be looking to bounce back from a loss against Derby over the weekend. They have some decent home from going though and overall this season at Villa Park the Villains are W6 D4 L1 and they are unbeaten in their last three there (W2 D1). Home and away they have failed to win any of their last three league outings though so just need to start stepping it back up again. In the BetVictor correct score market, an Aston Villa 1-0 victory is in at a price of 6/1 while a 2-1 win for them is a little longer at 15/2 and would be the more appealing of the two considering the fact that the visiting Blades do have scoring power. Villa have not been highly prolific in front of goal this season and average just 1.3 goals per game at home, but their defence has been good with only eight goals conceded in eleven home games. They would be a 12/5 poke to win to nil in this.

This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since the 2014 FA Cup which Villa lost 2-1 at home. The last time they were together in the league was in the 2006/07 Premiership season with Villa taking four points from their two meetings. Only two of the last seven games between the two clubs have actually been at Villa Park which produces a win for each in them. Villa are W3 D1 L2 in their last six against the Blades home and away. There really should be a decent tussle between the two and over 2.5 goals is going to have some appeal at 21/20 just because the visitors will be desperate to get a win on the board and the fact that Villa have just the two clean sheets in their last seven league outings now.

The wheels have started to come off Sheffield United’s season now with them having collected only the one point in their last five league games. After such a strong and positive season, they are now having to dig really deep to stop this current rot of winless streak. They have lost three of their last four out on the road as well and that is part of an overall record of W5 D0 L6 on their travels this season. The Blades can generally be relied on for goals, but their defence isn’t there at the moment, so again goals should be expected. Both teams to score at BetVictor is worth considering at 5/6 odds. Leon Clarke has been in great scoring form this season and he is a 15/8 anytime goalscorer option for the visitors. Sheffield Utd have conceded at least one goal in 91% of their away matches and are without a clean sheet in ten home and away now.

Who will win – Aston Villa v Sheffield United Predictions

The Blades are on a slide and this is the perfect time for Aston Villa to roll in and get three points off of them. The home form of Villa has been steady enough to suggest that they can battle their way to a win in this one. Look for both teams to score in the match though, but for the visitors to fall short.

19th December 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Leeds v Aston Villa Prediction & Betting Tips – 1st December 2017

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Leeds v Aston Villa Championship, 1st December 7.45pm

This should be a great clash from Elland Road on Friday night to get the Championship weekend into swing. Leeds have shown signs of a bit of recovery recently and can claw their way a little bit closer to the top six with a home win here. Villa though are carrying some strong form at the moment with a three match winning streak going and they aren’t going to be easy to knock down. Leeds are 8/5 to pick up the win with Villa at 9/5 and the draw at 21/10

Leeds v Aston Villa Betting Tips

Leeds have now won two of their last three games (L1) and can point to better things to come at least. They have still lost far too many games over the last couple of months but perhaps recovery is in sight now. They took a composed 2-0 win out at Barnsley over the weekend to give themselves a boost after suffering a heavy loss at league leaders Wolves. Leeds won their last home game, taking a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough and that snapped a three match losing streak that they were on in the league at Elland Road. Leeds are W4 D2 L3 at home this season and of the nine victories overall that they have picked up on league duty this season, six of those have been with a clean sheet. However, they may struggle for one in this one and both teams to score at bet365 is more appealing at 5/6.

Last season Leeds won this game 2-0 though and played out a 1-1 draw at Villa Park. Those were the first meetings between the two clubs since the 2003/04 Premier League season when it was Villa who took four points away from the two meetings. Leeds have not been losing at half time in a home league game this season and a half time draw bet at bet365 should be some decent value. Leeds have scored 14 league goals this season at Elland Road, just over an average of 1.5 per game while they have conceded at a rate of less than a goal per game. Pierre Michel Lasogga is their shortest priced anytime goalscorer option for the game at 15/8. They will be facing up to an Aston Villa side who have put together some terrific form to get themselves into the play off push.

Villa won just one of their opening seven league games but now are W9 D1 L2 in their last twelve games. They are on a three match winning streak as well at the moment, but they have won just the one of their last three away from home (D1 L1). Overall this season on their travels, the Villains are W4 D2 L3. They have scored exactly two goals in five of their last seven league games now so they are carrying an attacking threat and over 2.5 goals at bet365 may be worth considering in this one. They have just the one clean sheet in their last four league games, so they will also be a little bit at risk at the back. Albert Adomah is having a great season in front of goal for them with a ten goal haul in the Championship and is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer option for the match. Each of their last five league wins have either been by a 2-0 or a 2-1 scoreline.

Who will win – Leeds v Aston Villa Predictions

The draw looks to be a reasonable outcome to expect in this Elland Road clash. Villa haven’t been in terrific winning form recently and Leeds have at least shown a little bit of fight and potential of turning the corner. Settle for the draw and on the back of that the 1-1 correct score should have some appeal.

29th November 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Preston v Aston Villa Prediction & Betting Tips – 1st November 2017

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Preston v Aston Villa Championship, 1st November 7.45pm

Villa couldn’t get the better of rivals Birmingham on the weekend in a derby match at St Andrews. But the Villains are still carrying strong recent form though and will challenge in this one. Preston have slipped out of form with back to back Championship defeats and will be a bit nervy in this one and punters will be cautious about their lack of home wins recently. Preston though are 6/4 favourites at bet365 to win the fixture, with Villa at 2/1 and the draw at 12/5.

Preston v Aston Villa Betting Tips

Preston could use a win in this one after having lost back to back games against Wolves and Brentford. They conceded three goals exactly in both of those defeats as well and their defence has been a bit all over the place lately. Preston have shipped ten goals in their last four league games and that could help play its part in this game going over 2.5 goals at bet365 for a price of 11/10. Preston have only lost one home game this season (against Brentford on the weekend) in part of a W3 D3 L1 record at Deepdale. The Lilywhites have conceded under a goal per game on home soil and they should be competitive in this one because of that and the fact that they are scoring decent as well recently with at least two goals in each of their last five league games.

Both teams to score at bet365 is a price of 5/6 and there could well be goals in this one. Because Preston haven’t been goal-shy recently a 2-2 draw in the bet365 correct score market isn’t unappealing at 14/1, while the 1-1 draw is the shortest priced option in the market at 5/1. The last two draws that the Lilywhites have played out in the league have both been by a 2-2 scoreline. Jordan Hugill, who is the top scorer for North End this season is a price of 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. Preston took a 2-0 home win over Villa last season in the Championship and then played out a 2-2 draw at Villa Park. So the goals were there from there last season against the Villain. They need a boost. Each to their three home wins this season incidentally have all been with a clean sheet.

Preston to win to nil is a long 3/1 jolly though. Aston Villa couldn’t see off city rivals Birmingham in their local derby but their current form still reads strongly overall. That is because they have lost just one of their last eleven league games now that lone loss happening out at Wolves. They have failed to win either of their last two away games now (D1 L1) though and out on the road they haven’t been particularly strong with just a W2 D2 L3 record for the season away from Villa Park. They have also failed to hit the back of the net in their last two away games as well. Defensively they have been pretty strong recently with six clean sheets in their last nine league outings. They are a price of 4/1 though to win this one to nil, based on Preston’s scoring exploits recently. Villa Jonathan Kodjia is the bet365 first goalscorer favourite at 15/4 for the game.

Who will win – Preston v Aston Villa Predictions

Draw: There may just be enough in Preston to stick in there for a draw in this one. A lot of Villa’s recent successes have been against sides in the bottom half of the table, but their misfire against Birmingham on the weekend, suggests that they may miss the boat again in this one. Draw.

31st October 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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Birmingham v Aston Villa Prediction & Betting Tips – 29th October 2017

Championship Betting

Birmingham v Aston Villa Championship, 29th October 12.00pm

It is a Birmingham derby match up on Sunday afternoon in the Championship and the two clubs are going in wildly different directions it would seem this season. Aston Villa have really turned up the heat after a slow start to the season and are now looking like a promotion candidates. Birmingham are struggling along at the other end of the table, barely able to keep themselves out of the drop zone. It is going to be an intense afternoon in the Midlands. Villa are 11/8 at bet365 to win the tussle, with the draw at 23/10 and Birmingham at 23/10 too.

Birmingham v Aston Villa Betting Tips

The struggles for Birmingham continued last week as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat out at Millwall which leaves them just above the drop zone heading into the weekend. As a positive for them though, they have won their last two league games, beating Sheffield Wednesday and then Cardiff both by a 1-0 scoreline. A Birmingham 1-0 correct score at bet365 fetches a price of 7/1 with a Villa 1-0 at 6/1 and the 1-1 draw at 5/1 as the main options in the game. Birmingham’s overall form at St Andrews this season in the league is W3 D1 L2 which isn’t bad considering but they have struggled to create much. They have scored only the five home goals in the league this season and only 33% of their home fixtures have gone over 2.5 goals. This may be a low scoring derby match and under 2.5 goals at bet356 is trading at 4/7.

Birmingham are unbeaten in three home games against Villa now with a W1 D2 record in all competitions. The two league games in the sequence both ended in a 1-1 draw including last season’s meeting at St Andrews. Birmingham then lost 1-0 at Villa later in the season. So again, a low scoring fixture should be on the cards. Five of the last six meetings between the clubs in all competitions have gone under the 2.5 goal line so there certainly is a trend there. Jacques Maghoma is the only player for Birmingham this season to have netted more than one league goal and he’s a price of 9/2 to net in this one. Isaac Vassell and Lukas Jutkiewicz are around the 9/4 mark in the game for them. This would be a tough loss for the Blues if they were to go down in this one and end the weekend in the drop zone because of it.

Aston Villa had a sluggish start the season posting just a W1 D4 L2 record in their first seven games. Things have changed drastically for them since then as they have gone W5 L1 in their last six outings. So they have really woken up finally and seem to be flourishing in front of goal as well with them having scored at least two goals in four of their last six. The only defeat in their latest sequence of games was a 2-0 loss at league leaders Wolves. Villa have won two of their last three games on the road, hammering Barnsley and Burton. Overall they have gone W2 D1 L3 on the road, which isn’t great but they are improving. Albert Adomah has scored three away goals for Villa this season and is a 10/3 anytime goalscorer option, while Jonathan Kodjia tops out the market at 11/10.

Who will win – Birmingham v Aston Villa Predictions

Aston Villa to win: The Villains are the clear form team in this one and even though it will be a competitive afternoon at St Andrews, the visitors can go and pick up the points. They seem to pretty much have things together at the moment and look value.

28th October 2017 / lee - Category: Championship Betting

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