The Robins have hit a sticky patch for the season after their barnstorming start. They have lost their last two now so need to come up with a response. They get a home game on Friday night against an Aston Villa who have fallen a bit short of expected standards with wins having been hard to come by. Read our Bristol City v Aston Villa betting tips for more.
Bristol City 6/4
Aston Villa 7/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 26th, 2018 at 11:44 p.m.)
The Robins were on a great four-match winning streak in the league, but have just slipped back a bit. They have lost their last two league games, both of which were out on the road though at West Brom and Wigan. They get back to home soil where they have won their last two so that could be the boost that they need. Overall their form at Ashton Gate Reads W2 D1 and they have scored five goals in their last two home games. We are going over 2.5 goals at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken from September 27th, 2018 at 3:00 pm).
71% of the goals that Bristol City have scored this season have been after the halftime break. Andreas Wiseman has been their go-to man so far this season with five goals on the board, although four of those have been away from home. We are going to take a look at both teams to score at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken from September 27th, 2018 at 3:00 pm) for our Bristol City v Aston Villa predictions.
A lot more was expected of Aston Villa this season. They opened with back to back wins but have since managed just the one win in their last seven played (D4 L2). So it’s not happening for them and last weekend they suffered a home loss against Sheffield Wednesday. The Villa defence has been leaky this season and there should be enough for Bristol City to get at them. We see the appeal in a Bristol City 2/1 win at 17/2 odds* (betting odds taken from September 27th, 2018 at 3:00 pm).
The Villains are winless in their last three road games in the league (D2 L1) and overall home and away this season they have managed to take just the one clean sheet. Two-thirds of their goals away from home have cropped up in the second half of matches. They have conceded 71% of their away goals in the first half of matches. They have been level at the break in three of their four away games this season, two of those 1-1. The 1-1 halftime correct score option is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken from September 27th, 2018 at 3:00 pm). Villa starts just the point behind City so would lose big ground if they were to suffer a defeat on Friday night.
Aston Villa definitely came out on top in last season’s Championship meetings between the two clubs. After a 1-1 draw on the road, they posted a big 5-0 home win over the Robins. In the four previous Championship meetings between the two of them, Villa are W1 D1 L1 against Bristol City.
Bristol City’s home form has been there and they are going to be keen to get back to winning ways with a big performance here. The Villains are shaky and unreliable at best and the powerful Bristol City attack can carve out enough chances to win this.
27th September 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Blackburn have had a solid start to the new Championship season as they are sitting in mid-table but just had a five-match undefeated streak of form broken. They will be looking to avoid another loss as they get a tricky game against Aston Villa on the weekend. The Villains are sat level on points with Rovers, not having gotten up the big head of steam that they were expected to have had. Read our Blackburn v Aston Villa betting tips for more.
Aston Villa 8/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.)
Solid enough stuff from Blackburn then who had a five-match undefeated streak of form from the start of the season, snapped in a heavy defeat out at Bristol City just before the international break. They are W1 D2 at Ewood Park for the term and have a clean sheet in two of those three. So there is reason to suspect that this is going to be a low scoring game and under 2.5 goals is at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.).
Rovers have returned just the three goals on home soil so far this season and have conceded the two. Top scorer for them is Charlie Mulgrew so he is going to be worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market from their end. Blackburn to win by a one-goal margin is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.) if you were thinking of backing the home team. Coming back after the break having suffered their first league loss of the season will be a test of their character.
It has really not happening for Aston Villa at the moment, despite still being fancied for a run at promotion. Things just are n’t going their way after a bright start to the season. They won their opening two games, scoring three goals in each and then it has been downhill since. They have D3 L1 in their last four league games and just before the international break they were torn apart in a 4-1 loss against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. That was a tough one for them and it just highlighted more defensive problems.
Villa haven’t taken a clean sheet this season and that’s a problem. Still, they have been producing in front of goal themselves and therefore both teams to score is at 4/5 odds and worth a poke* (Betting Odds were taken on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). That’s a decent Blackburn v Aston Villa betting tip. The Villains are averaging just under two goals per game this season but they have the worst defensive record of the top fourteen teams in the Championship ahead of the next round of action. They need to find their feet but could face a really testing time at Ewood Park on the weekend.
Blackburn and Aston Villa traded home wins in the Championship last season, both of those being won by a one-goal margin. The home side has won seven of the last eight fixtures between these two (D1) so there is a pretty strong trend towards Rovers if you look at that. Both teams have scored in all but one of the last six meetings. Blackburn are W2 D1 in their last three home games against Villa.
There has to be a decent chance of Blackburn producing something in what is likely going to be a low-scoring tight game. Rovers have held their own well enough and can sneak past the visitors. They are worth a look in the match outright.
13th September 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Villains have made a strong start to the new season having picked up seven points from their three games. They were always expected to be up there in a title race this season again. They will get a solid test in this one against a Brentford side who have started just as well and who have received plenty of backing to win this season’s Championship. Read our Aston Villa v Brentford betting tips for more.
Aston Villa 6/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.)
No complaints about Villa’s form then with two wins and a draw to start their season. They opened with a good 3-1 away win at Hull and then edged their way past Wigan in their first home game. They were back out on the road on the weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich. They did get in an extra EFL Cup match during midweek as well which they won 1-0 out at Yeovil. So while the goals have been there for Villa they are still searching for their first clean sheet in the league and while that goes on we are looking at both teams to score in our Aston Villa v Brentford betting tips for 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.).
The Villains posted a W10 D4 L9 record on their travels in the Champions last season but without question their away form fell away at the end of the season winning one of their last five. So their success at Hull would have given them a good start to life on the road this season. In the first goalscorer market they have Jonathan Kodjia up there at the head of the market at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.). He is looking for his second league goal of the season after getting the opening goal of their game at Ipswich on the weekend. Two of their three league games then this season have gone over 2.5 goals and we are going to expect that trend to continue.
Punters have clearly liked what they have seen so far from Brentford as they have taken backing to win the league this season. They opened with a big 5-1 win over Rotherham before playing out a 1-1 draw at Stoke. They then took a solid 2-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday. Like Villa, they also had an EFL Cup last week, which they won 4-2 out at Southampton. So the goals have been flowing very well from them and they have both Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay with three league goals each this season. Maupay is at 7/4 and Watkins at 9/4 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.).
Over 2.5 goals is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 19th, 2018 at 8:02 p.m.) for this fixture and it does look as if there is a decent chance of goals flying around. Brentford have produced more shots than Villa have done this season as well as having earned a lot more possession than the Villains have done over their respective three games. Six of Brentford’s seven league goals this season have come from open play and they look as if they will be a big threat to the home side. The Bees finished ninth in the Champions last season and the produced a W9 D4 L10 record on their travels.
Last season there was four points for Brentford from their two meetings with the Villains. They are actually undefeated in their last four Championship fixtures against the Villains with a W2 D2 record so they have done well. The last two league games between them at Villa Park have both ended in drawn fixtures.
This should be a pretty even contest between two solid teams. Neither have quite nailed the defensive side of things yet and we have to look over 2.5 goals in our Aston Villa v Brentford betting tips. As for a winner, we are just going to lean on home advantage nicking it.
22nd August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Hull were scrabbling around the bottom third of the table for most of last season’s Championship campaign and will be looking for some kind of improvement from somewhere. They get a start in a tough one fixture against Aston Villa who failed in last season’s play offs. The Villains have been backed heavily for promotion as they have had some heavy investment from backers over the summer. Read our Hull v Aston Villa predictions for more.
Aston Villa 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.)
So the Tigers didn’t have a fun time of things in the Championship last season as they finished down in 18th position. They were comfortably enough above the drop zone despite winning just two of their final nine games of the term. Their home form read W7 D8 L8 last season. Transfer business has been slow from them over the summer and so the degree of improvement from last term is negligible. They are going to of course, come out with some fresh legs and enthusiasms and were are looking under 2.5 goals at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.). 61% of Hull’s home games last season in the division ended under the goal line and the most frequent scoreline at the KCom was a 0-0 draw. Hull weren’t short of goals last season and they were actually the top scoring team of the bottom half of the table finishers. Their defence was just a total shambles through which let the whole thing down.
So with a bit of fresh backing coming into the club after their costly failure to earn promotion to the Premier League through the play offs, things look brighter again for Aston Villa who are 12/1 odds to win the Championship outright this term* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.). Steve Bruce is staying on as boss and while they are expecting the impending departure of Jack Grealish. Villa have picked up young Portugal keeper Andre Moreira on a loan deal, that’s the height of their transfer business over the summer. However, they did have one of the strongest squads last term of course. They did win four of their five pre-season friendlies in the month of July and while there is plenty of experience in their squad, it’s not a particularly young one. We are going to back both teams not to score at even money odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 1st, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.) as Villa collected a clean sheet in 43% of their away games last season but aren’t particularly prolific in front of goal.
Both league meetings last season ended in a draw and three of the last six have ended in parity. Hull are unbeaten in their last three home games against the Villains (W1 D2) so they do have that on their side. Both teams have scored in just three of the last thirteen meetings between Villa and Hull across all competitions.
We are just going to back the draw in this one. It’s early season so it’s not entirely clear how either side are going to be lining up. Neither club have made drastic changes to their respective squads over the summer and on the back of the draw matches last season, we are sticking with that trend for our Hull v Aston Villa betting tip.
1st August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Maybe it is fitting that it has all come down to this in the Championship play-offs. At the end of the regular season, Fulham finished in third with Aston Villa in fourth. So outside of the two automatic promotion spots, these were the best two teams in the division. Now it is just a one-off match, dubbed as the richest match in English football, to decide who will be playing in the Premier League next season.
Fulham 13/10, Draw 21/10, Aston Villa 23/10* (Betting Odds taken at 3:45 a.m. on May 21st, 2018)
Aston Villa battled their way past Middlesbrough in a tight semi-final, with the Villains winning 1-0 on aggregate. It could be quite telling at the end of the day that Aston Villa have struggled for the goals lately. In five of their last seven games, they have scored exactly one goal in each while failing to score in one of the other two. So down the final stretch of the season they have done things by a pretty narrow margin. Taking that into consideration, it would be hard to imagine that Aston Villa would take a win by anything other than a one-goal margin.
What Aston Villa can bring to the table goal is a very solid defence and they have experienced players running through the squad to handle this big occasion. Villa have conceded just the one goal in their last three games and they did after all blank Middlesbrough in both legs of their play-off tie. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:45 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). Aston Villa have won just one of their last four games now (D2 L1) so aren’t quite bang in top form. Their opponents have posted a very good defence this season as well, so perhaps the question is whether or not Aston Villa really have the craft to open up Fulham and outscore their opponents if their own defence doesn’t hold up?
Only Championship winners Wolves scored more goals in the division than Fulham did this season. During their great 23 match undefeated streak in the Championship this season, they did secure a 2-0 win over Aston Villa. In the bet365 correct score market for the Championship play-off final, the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw at 90 min, with a Fulham 1-0 option at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:45 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). In their semi-final match up against Derby, Fulham did show some good character. After losing the first leg 1-0 at Pride Park, the Cottagers fought back well to produce the 2-0 home win to get through to the final. It is that extra scoring power, the extra attacking quality that will have appeal for punters on backing Fulham at Wembley. However just because of the situation and the massive prize that is at stake, it could be a low scoring game.
11 of the last 16 Championship play-off finals have all ended under 2.5 goals, which is a good trend to look for. Each of the last five finals have stayed under the goal-line. Ten of the last 16 finals have had only the one goal or less in them. Fulham will be taking on the second-best defence that the Championship produced this season, and the half time draw will have big appeal because Aston Villa were level at the break in eight of their last 11 games against top six sides. So this is going to boil down to the battle between Fulham’s fantastic attacking, and Aston Villa’s tough defence.
Fulham and Aston Villa traded home wins during the regular season, and both games were won with the victor scoring exactly two goals. There have been two wins for each in the last four meetings which have all been in the Championship, but if you look back just a little bit further, then Fulham have lost just two of their last eight fixtures against the Villains with a W5 D1 L2 in the head-to-head. Fulham have scored at least two goals in four of their last six games against Aston Villa.
There probably isn’t going to be too much to choose between these two on the weekend as they are two very good sides. However, if you’re looking for something to split them, then it could be the powerful attack of Fulham which wins the day. Aston Villa don’t quite have the same degree of punch and creativity going forward as the Cottagers do. Fulham to win.
23rd May 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It is the second leg of the Championship play-off in midweek and Villa will be looking to press home their advantage. They struck a 1-0 win at the Riverside with a goal early in the game and pretty much stifled the threat of Boro. So now Middlesbrough’s route to the Championship play-off finals looks pretty tough. They will certainly have to find more of a cutting edge than they did in the first leg that is for sure.
Aston Villa 5/4, Draw 23/10, Middlesbrough 13/5* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.)
A goal in the fifteenth minute from Mike Jedinak has given Aston Villa a solid advantage in this tie. The first leg at the Riverside was a bit short of goalmouth action and part of that is because Villa did a good job in nullifying the main threat of Boro’s Adama Traore and the Boro attack in general. Villa finished seven points above Boro at the end of the regular season and they were well in control in that first leg and never really looked in trouble in the match. Their home from across the course of the season was W14 D7 L2 and they finished the regular season with a four-match undefeated streak at Villa Park. They were defensively solid conceding an average of just 0.8 goals per game and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.). Villa took a clean sheet in 43% of their home games in the regular season and they didn’t lose a single game at home against a top half of the table finisher, so they are going to be hard to take down in this one. In the bet365 correct score market a Villa 1-0 is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.).
Boro went W8 D7 L8 for the season away from home in the Championship and they won just one of their last five on the road (D3 L1). So not the greatest of road form and you got the feeling going into this one that they needed to gain some sort of footing in the first leg at home. Boro only went D2 L2 in their four away games at the top four finishers in the league this season, so they may not have enough to turn this around. Actually, they only won two games away from home against sides in the top fourteen. Boro were on good scoring form down the final stretch of the season as they scored exactly two goals in each of their last four games, but there was no sign of that potency in the first leg. Both teams not to score is at even money odds* (betting odds taken on May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.). Middlesbrough were losing at half time in 13 of their 23 road games but they didn’t do too badly in front of goal with an average of 1.5 goals per game and they are on a seven-match scoring streak away from home. The problem is is that they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last five away from the Riverside.
This is now the fifth meeting between the two clubs this season and Villa are 2-1 up with the one drawn game. In the two meetings at Villa Park, there was a 0-0 played out between Villa and Boro in the league meeting before Boro took a 2-0 EFL Cup win there. Both teams have failed to score in the four other games this season and each of the last five matches between the two clubs have failed to get over 2.5 goals. Villa are actually winless in their last six home games against Boro (D3 L3).
Aston Villa have a good advantage for themselves in this tie now and they looked back to full strength and well in control of this tie. Boro were unusually quiet in the first leg but that was largely down to how well Villa did in snuffing out their threat. Home win to nil.
14th May 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Boro produced a strong finish to the end of the regular season to lock down a top-six finish and they will be a threat in this tie even though they are underdogs to qualify. They have been producing very strong form at the Riverside and will want to take their chances in the first leg on home soil. Aston Villa finished seven points above them but the Villains have been struggling a bit for positive form away from home. The second leg will be played on May 15th and the winner will play the winner of the Derby v Fulham tie.
Middlesbrough 6/5, Draw 11/5, Aston Villa 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 2:23 a.m. on May 8th, 2018)
Boro have had a good end of season run with a W3 D1 record in their last four played, holding their nerve together well. They have scored exactly two goals in five of their last six games played so are flowing well up front. At the Riverside, they have won each of their last three games and seven of their last eight there. So they should be a force to be reckoned with in this one and in the bet365 correct score market a Middlesbrough 1-0 option is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:33 p.m. on May 8th, 2018). They know that they will be in for a tough away game after this so they have to press home their advantage at the Riverside. Boro have scored in each of their last eight home and at least two in each of their last three there. Overall home and away combined they are on a fourteen match scoring streak. So they have scoring power behind them and defensively they have done well at home too having conceded just 0.74 goals per game on average across the season. Just 39% of their home games made it over the 2.5 goal line and this should be tight.
Villa haven’t quite been at the races, not the road lately. They did manage to hold down fourth place in the league, but they are just W1 D1 L3 in their last five road games. They are a very strong home side though so anything that they can get out of this will enhance their chances in the second leg. Villa returned an average of 1.3 goals per game away from home across the seasons while they conceded an average of a goal per game. In eight of their road games during the season Aston Villa were 0-0 at half time which doesn’t look a bad punt in this one. Overall they were level at half-time in 10 of their 23 away games. They may see this as a test of survival more than anything and both teams not to score with bet365 is at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:33 p.m. on May 8th, 2018). Their overall away form for the season reads W10 D4 L9 and they were really on a good stretch of away form (W5 L1) before collapsing at the end of the season. Villa lost four of their five away games during the regular season against the other top six finishers.
Aston Villa 4/7, Middlesbrough 5/4* (Betting Odds taken at 2:23 a.m. on May 8th, 2018)
Aston Villa were on top in the league meetings between these two this season, collecting four points from the two games. Boro did take a win at Villa Park in an EFL Cup meeting as well though. But in the league meetings, Boro did not get a goal on the board against the Villains. In the last six league matches between them, Aston Villa are W2 D3 L1 against Boro so it is all pretty tight. Boro have failed to win any of their last five home games against Villa (D1 L4).
Middlesbrough have to be a bit of value to collect a home win in this one as they have to recognise that they need to earn a lead at the Riverside to make the second leg easier. They have been carrying good home form and are value in the match outright to sneak the win.
9th May 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Villains are heading towards the play offs and they have slipped back into good form as well with a three match winning streak going for themselves. After a big win over Ipswich on the weekend, they will be confident of taking down Derby who had to go through an extra tough midweek game. But the Rams took a hugely important win on Tuesday night to boost their play off chances.
Aston Villa 19/20, Draw 5/2, Derby 11/4* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018)
Villa are running on a three match winning streak in the Championship at the moment and each of their last four wins in the Championship have all been with a clean sheet. Aston Villa to win to nil with bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 2:56 a.m.). Villa have actually kept five clean sheets in their last six games so they are carrying good form towards the play offs. Villa are on a three match winning streak at Villa Park as well and they have produced a fantastic W8 D1 L1 record in their last ten home games. So you would imagine that there is enough there to see them get the win on the board in this one. Villa’s overall record at home this season is W14 D6 L2 and they have averaged 1.8 goals per game, while they have conceded just the 18 goals in 22 fixtures. They have taken a clean sheet in 45% of their games at Villa Park this season. The Villains have netted in each of their last eleven home games and in the bet365 correct score market an Aston Villa 1-0 is going to appeal at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 2:56 a.m.). Only the top two have a better home record than Villa to this season.
Derby took a massively important win over Cardiff in midweek which saw them move back above Millwall into sixth spot. Will they be able to hang on to that play off place with two to play? That was a huge result for them especially as they had lost their previous three on the trot. It is all excitingly getting down to the wire now and there’s no more margin for error. Derby have lost their last two away from home in the league and have won just one of their last eight away from Pride Park (D4 L3) so it’s fair to say that they haven’t been travelling well. They have failed to take a clean sheet in any of their last four league games now so both teams to score with bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 2:56 a.m.). That win over Cardiff has to have done their confidence the world of good. Derby’s overall away form for the season is W8 D9 L5 and they have averaged 1.3 goals per game on their travels. Matej Vydra was on the scoresheet again in the week and he is going to their best route to goal. Derby have scored in 73% of their away games in the Championship this season. They need another performance like the one that they just pulled out of their hat.
Aston Villa suffered a 2-0 defeat at Pride Park back in December but that continued a streak of both teams not scoring in any of the last five games between the two of them. Aston Villa though are up in the recent head to head with a W4 D1 L1 record in their last six meetings with the Rams. The Villains have won their last eight league matches on home soil against the Rams.
Villa have the home form to suggest that they can go and get themselves three points in the bag in this one. It’s just about momentum for them now as they really themselves for their postseason challenge. Derby did the business when they had to at home in midweek, but it is still going to be tough to get anything out of Villa at Villa Park. Home win to nil.
25th April 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Aston Villa are going to be heading to the Championship play offs this year unless a major collapse happens. It probably won’t and they will look to secure their position on Friday night with points against Leeds. The Whites have been struggling for any kind of form recently and are probably going to have a hard time taking points off a strong home side like the Villains. Their season has already petered out.
Aston Villa 4/7, Draw 3/1, Leeds 9/2* (Betting Odds taken at 3:51 p.m. on April 10th, 2018)
The Villains got themselves back on track in midweek with a 1-0 win over Cardiff which blew the race for the top two wide open. That allowed Fulham to jump above Cardiff into second, while Villa stayed in fourth, now just the four points behind third-placed Cardiff. So there could be a dramatic finish still in the race for automatic promotion. Villa have had their struggles recently with only a W2 D1 L3 record in their last six league outings, but they have landed the two wins in their last three. Both wins too were at home and with a clean sheet. Aston Villa to win to nil at bet365 is at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:35 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). Villa have a strong home record this term at W13 D6 L2 and they have scored a shade under two goals per game as well. Their defence has stood up to many a test and have averaged just 0.8 goals per game against them this season. Villa are currently on a ten-match scoring streak on home soil and in the bet365 correct score market an Aston Villa 1-0 selection is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:35 p.m. on April 10th, 2018).
Leeds have badly lost their way again with only the five points (W1 D2) picked up in their last eight league games. They lost again in midweek as they went down heavily at Preston. That is back to back away defeats which they have suffered and it moved them out to a big nine-match winless streak of away form. So there may not be much for them in this one at all. The Whites have shipped at least two goals in each of their last six road games now as well. Their overall record for the season now stands at W7 D3 L11 and they have badly slumped to a bottom half of the table finish for the season. Leeds have produced an average of 1.2 goals per game on the road, but their defence just hasn’t been at the races conceding an average of 1.6 per game away from Elland Road. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:35 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). Seven of their eleven losses away from home this season have been by a margin of at least two goals. There has been no clean sheet for them in any of their last eight games home and away combined and at this stage of the season against a top-four side, it’s hard to see the Whites coming away with anything.
The last two league meetings between Villa and Leeds have both ended in a 1-1 draw. From the three previous Championship clashes it is Leeds who are W1 D2 up over the Villains. Aston Villa though are unbeaten in their last three on home soil against the Whites with a W1 D2 record. Eight of the last nine meetings have ended under 2.5 goals and both teams have scored in just three of the eight.
Aston Villa can collect a good home win for themselves in this one. Leeds have just faltered badly and aren’t likely going to be strong enough to come away from Villa Park with anything on Friday night.
11th April 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Villains are limping towards the finish line for the season at the moment with only the one win in their last five games played which has seen them lose control of third place. Cardiff are now under massive pressure from the in-form Fulham as they start just two points clear of the Cottagers in second place. Can the Bluebirds get themselves a boost after losing on the weekend?
Aston Villa 5/4, Draw 21/10, Cardiff 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 11:45 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)
Aston Villa are fading away with a W1 D1 L3 record in their last five league games. They went down heavily at Norwich on the weekend. Villa though did take a good 3-0 win over Reading in their last home game but they will be wondering where this dip in form has suddenly appeared from. They still look a surefire shot for a play off place though and overall this season they are W12 D6 L2 at home. The Villains have scored in each of their last nine home games, with each of their last three at Villa Park going over 2.5 goals. In the William Hill correct score market the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 11/2 with a 1-0 success for Villa at 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 11:45 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Villa have averaged almost two goals per game this season at home and have conceded 18 goals in their 20 home games. Their defence has just gotten a bit leaky lately though. Still, only the top two of Cardiff and Wolves have a better home record than Villa have this season.
Pressure is on Cardiff in this one. After their big winning streak of eight matches came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United, which was a very lucky point for them, they lost in their big contest against league leaders Wolves at home on the weekend. So those have been big setbacks and now only have a two-point cushion over third-placed Fulham who are going like a steam train. Cardiff are unbeaten in their last six away games (W3 D3) and six of their nine away victories this term have been by a one-goal margin only. They have been level at the break in eleven of their nineteen road games so a half-time draw with William Hill should have good appeal. Cardiff have found the back of the net in each of their last five away games and 58% of their away goals have come in the second half of matches. Overall they have scored in 79% of their away games. Cardiff currently have the best defensive record in the Championship but can they come up with what would be a massive three points for themselves in the race for an automatic promotion spot now that the pressure is on them?
Cardiff took a big 3-0 win earlier this season against the Villians and that is back to back league wins they have taken over them. Villa did win their last home against the Bluebirds though (in the Premier League a couple of seasons ago) and looking back they are on a five-match winning streak on home soil against the Welsh club. Both teams have scored in just one of the last seven meetings in all competitions.
The draw may be the sensible option to back here. Villa are just not clicking at the moment and they are facing a good Cardiff side. But the Bluebirds have failed in their last two games which have been tougher battles and may come up short once more.
9th April 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting