ASTON VILLA v BIRMINGHAM CITYSunday 23rd April 2017 - Kickoff: 1200hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Sunday lunchtime’s second city derby between hosts Aston Villa and visitors Birmingham City in the Championship will take on even more meaning than just the usual bragging rights as The Blues are in deep relegation trouble.
Birmingham’s current plight won’t be lost on Aston Villa fans of course as they urge their side on in order to avoid a third consecutive defeat in the Championship following recent losses to Reading and Fulham. It’s been a disappointing season for Villa under Steve Bruce who is facing one of his former clubs today as his side sit in mid-table which is an under achievement for a side that should have been challenging for at least a play-off spot.
It’s been Aston Villa’s poor results away from home though that have held them back in this campaign, while their record at home has been impressive with stats of 11-7-3 31/19. Bruce will be without striker and leading goalscorer Kodjia (19 goals) who serves a one match suspension, but his place is likely to be filled by Agbonlahor who has a good goalscoring record against Birmingham.
Onto Birmingham City, and the visitors will be desperate to register any sort of result here as their relegation worries have deepened following wins for Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion yesterday. The Blues now find themselves perched just above the relegation zone with just two points separating them from third from bottom club blackburn Rovers ahead of this massive derby clash.
It’s been a sharp decline in fortunes for Birmingham following the controversial sacking of former manager Gary Rowett earlier in the season (following a 2-1 home win over Ipswich Town), in what was an absolutely disastrous and catastrophic decision by the club’s new Chinese owners, Trillion Trophy Asia Limited. The appointment of Gianfranco Zola yielded just two league wins from 22 matches, spanning a desperately miserable four months.
Finally, Zola resigned following Birmingham’s 2-0 defeat at home to relegation rivals Burton Albion and Harry Redknapp has replaced him in a bid to revive Birmingham’s fortunes. Redknapp will be hoping that first choice goalkeeper Kuszczak returns from a shoulder injury, while forward Jutkiewicz is also expected to return.
This promises to be a tense local derby not least because of Birmingham’s predicament, and I don’t think there’ll be many goals as a result.
Pick: Under 2.5 @ 1.76 Unibet
23rd April 2017 /
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v ASTON VILLATuesday 7th March 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Huddersfield Town lost a pulsating clash against the favourites for promotion from the Championship, Newcastle United, in a 3-1 defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium on the weekend, but they’ll be looking to redeem themselves against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
The Terriers have had a fantastic season in the English second tier this term, and although they suffered their first defeat in seven games, the Yorkshire outfit now look set for a play-off place where they’ll take their chances on a ‘wild card’ promotion up to the big time.
Huddersfield’s home record stands at an impressive 12-2-3 26/16 but they’ll be mindful that all the hard work that’s already been done earlier in the season, isn’t wasted in the run-in. Prior to the defeat to Newcastle United, Huddersfield had put together a four-match winning streak with victories over Ipswich Town, Brighton, Leeds United and Reading.
Aston Villa registered a third consecutive win in the Championship on Saturday when they accounted for down and out Rotherham United in a 2-0 win away from home, but they’re likely to face much stiffer competition on Tuesday night across the moors.
Villa have also recently picked up wins over Derby County and Bristol City although both of these victories were at their Villa Park ground where they’ve suffered just two losses all throughout this campaign to date - but their away record tells a very different story.
An away record of 3-5-10 10/22 has left Villa someway short of achieving any kind of play-off ambitions they might have had, and they’re going to have to spend at least another season in the Championship before they can start dreaming of Premier League football again.
Pick: Huddersfield Town AH-0.25 @ 1.71 Bet Victor
6th March 2017 /
ASTON VILLA v BRISTOL CITYTuesday 28th February 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Aston Villa halted a miserable run of five straight defeats in the Championship on the weekend when they secured a valuable three points with a 1-0 home win over Derby County, and Steve Bruce’s men will be keen to keep the momentum going in Tuesday night’s encounter with Bristol City at Villa Park.
Villa had actually gone nine league games without a win prior to the win over The Rams and the west midlands club, relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season and tipped to bounce back into the big time this term, find themselves in the bottom half of the Championship.
However, Aston Villa still possess a reasonable record on home turf with stats of 7-7-2 23/16, and striker Kodjia has banged in 11 goals so far this season.
Visitors Bristol City earned what could be a very valuable point away at second placed Newcastle United in Saturday’s 2-2 draw, but it could have been an even better result as The Robins held a 2-0 lead at half-time.
But Bristol City are perched just above the relegation zone for a reason, and they saw their two-goal advantage whittled away by Newcastle United, which means the west country outfit have now gone four matches without a win in the English second tier.
Recent draws with Derby County and Newcastle United have book-ended defeats to Leeds United and Fulham, and with a rather ordinary looking away record of 2-4-11 24/30 on their travels so far, Bristol City could struggle again in tonight’s clash with Aston Villa.
Pick: Aston Villa AH-0.25 @ 1.78 Bet Victor
28th February 2017 /
NEWCASTLE UNITED v ASTON VILLAMonday 20th February 2017 - Kickoff: 2000hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Two former Premier League clubs clash at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Monday night as hosts Newcastle United look to continue their unbeaten run in the Championship when they take on Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side with a valuable three points at stake for both teams.
Newcastle United are unbeaten in their last six matches overall in the English second tier which includes recent wins over Brentford, Rotherham United, Derby County and Wolves, and no doubt The Magpies will be pressing for another victory this evening particularly as they’re set to have striker and leading goalscorer Dwight Gayle (20 goals) back in the starting line-up.
Newcastle also possess a home record that stands at 10-1-4 33/15 following three wins from their last four on home turf. In addition, Newcastle hold a steady 5-1-2 18/7 record at home against bottom half opposition so far this season.
Visitors Aston Villa have dropped down into the bottom half of the Championship and joined fellow west midlands clubs Birmingham City and Wolves following a sequence of eight league matches without a win.
The pressure is building upon Bruce whose side have lost their last four matches on the trot as defeats against Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Barnsley have moved them closer to the relegation zone.
Villa have also lost their last four away matches on the bounce amidst a disappointing overall record of 2-5-9 8/20 which includes scoring just 1 goal but conceding a total of 7 during this last four-match sequence.
Aston Villa have also scored the fewest goals away from home in the division to date as they’ve drawn a blank on no fewer than 9 occasions from their 16 away matches in total.
Pick: Newcastle United to win @ 1.64 Unibet
20th February 2017 /
ASTON VILLA v LEEDS UNITEDThursday 29th December 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Aston Villa have climbed into the top half of the Championship thanks to a revival that was kick-started by the arrival of new manager Steve Bruce who is hugely experienced at getting teams promoted from this division.
Villa head into Thursday night’s encounter with Leeds United on the back of wins over QPR and Burton Albion and another three points this evening could see the west midlands club move into 7th place and closer to the play-off pack.
Aston Villa hold a decent record at Villa Park with a record that stands at 6-5-0 18/9 as they still remain unbeaten on home turf and indeed, they’re the only side to remain so this season to date. However, despite conceding only 9 goals all season at home so far, they’ve kept just three clean sheets while both teams have scored at Villa Park in 8 of the 11 matches played.
Visitors Leeds United also installed a new manager at Elland Road with the arrival of Garry Monk after he was released by Swansea City, and Monk has worked wonders with his young Leeds outfit as they proudly sit in 5th place in the Championship after a few turbulent seasons in West Yorkshire.
Leeds are also in good form of late as they’ve recently secured wins over Reading, Brentford and Preston North End and they’ll be confident that they can take something from their trip to Birmingham on Thursday night as they push for a play-off place in the English second tier.
The Yorkshire side have blown hot and cold on their travels to date as they’ve tended not to deal in draws, but rather a win or lose mentality which is reflected in their away record that stands at 6-0-5 15/14.
I’m therefore confident that both teams can find the back of the net in this clash.
Pick: Both teams to score @ 2.10 Unibet
27th December 2016 /
ASTON VILLA v BURTON ALBIONMonday 26th December 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Picks
Aston Villa have returned some mixed results recently in the Championship but they did manage to steal all three points in a 1-0 win away at QPR at Loftus Road last time out, and Steve Bruce’s side will be looking to record back-to-back wins on Boxing Day against struggling Burton Albion.
Villa still remain unbeaten at their Villa Park ground as they possess a solid record that stands at 5-5-0 16/8 but perhaps one too many draws have held them back so far from making an impact upon the top half of the division.
Having said that, The Villans have registered four straight wins on home turf recently with wins gained over Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic, and their record at home against bottom half opposition reads a healthy 5-2-0 13/5 in these situations.
Visitors Burton Albion have slipped down the Championship in slow and steady fashion in recent weeks and now occupy fourth from bottom position and just two points above the relegation zone as they make their way to England’s second city.
Three defeats on the trot to Brentford, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United respectively now has Brewers manager Nigel Clough on notice and despite beating a poor Rotherham United outfit at their Pirelli Stadium recently, their away form will be under heavy scrutiny here today.
Burton are still yet to record an away win in the Championship as their away record stands at a disappointing 0-5-6 10/21 in addition to having lost four of their last five away matches with defeats suffered at Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Reading and Brentford.
Pick: Aston Villa to win @ 1.67 Ladbrokes
26th December 2016 /
ASTON VILLA v WIGAN ATHLETICSaturday 10th December 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Aston Villa will look to continue their revival under manager Steve Bruce when they take on Wigan Athletic at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon as the hosts loo to break into the top half of the Championship for the first time this season.
Following a promising run of seven league matches without defeat, Bruce’s men suffered a 2-0 loss away at Leeds United last weekend, but with home advantage today (where they still remain undefeated), Villa will fancy their chances of bouncing back with a win.
Aston Villa’s overall home record stands at a solid 4-5-0 15/8 and they’ve won their last three matches on the trot at home with wins over Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City. In addition, Villa hold a commanding 4-2-0 11/4 record at home against bottom half opposition to date.
Onto Wigan Athletic, and the visitors definitely fit into the category of bottom half opposition as The Latics are currently floundering second from bottom in the Championship ahead of this weekend’s English second tier action.
Wigan’s recent results have been of mixed fortunes as they’ve lost three (versus Brighton, Reading and Derby County) all at home by the way, along with two wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town which were both achieved on the road.
However, Wigan’s overall away record stands at a below-par 2-3-5 10/13 while their record at home against bottom half opposition stands at a mixed 2-1-2 5/3.
To sum up, I’ll back Aston Villa to grab all three points here as they possess more quality and depth.
Pick: Aston Villa to win @ 1.80 Bet Victor
8th December 2016 /
ASTON VILLA v BLACKBURN ROVERSSaturday 5th November 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Aston Villa continued their revival under new manager Steve Bruce last time out as they earned a point at St Andrews in a 1-1 draw with local derby rivals Birmingham City with both teams reasonably happy to walk away without losing the match.
Since Bruce’s appointment, Villa have been unbeaten in four matches in the Championship which includes wins over Reading (away) and Fulham (at home) along with gaining points off midlands clubs Wolves and Birmingham City. In Steve Bruce, they have a manager that has a distinguished pedigree in gaining promotion from the Championship as he has achieved this with Birmingham City and Hull City on two occasions each.
Despite sitting in 15th place, Aston Villa still remain unbeaten at Villa Park as they hold a home record of 2-5-0 10/6 which includes wins over Rotherham United and Fulham.
Visitors Blackburn Rovers find themselves second from bottom in the Championship after making an average start to their new campaign, one that was fulled with promise as Owen Coyle had taken over the reigns at Ewood Park.
However, Rovers have really struggled to put any kind of run together with just one win from their last six Championship matches which was a 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest, but their away record definitely needs some urgent attention.
Their record on the road reads 1-1-5 5/11 with their one success coming in a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Derby County, but have since suffered back-to-back defeats at Birmingham City and Bristol City ahead of today’s encounter in the west midlands.
There’s a new feeling of optimism at Villa Park now, and I can see the hosts walking away with the points here.
Pick: Aston Villa to win @ 1.67 bet365
4th November 2016 /
READING v ASTON VILLATuesday 18th October 2016 - Kickoff: 2000hrsFootball - England - Championship Betting Tips
Reading secured a point away from home on the weekend as they held a decidedly off-colour QPR to a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road on the back of a previous 1-1 draw at home with Derby County.
The Royals are now within striking distance of the play-off pack as they’ve put together a useful run of results with just one defeat suffered from their last nine matches overall in the Championship which includes wins against Cardiff city, Ipswich Town, Barnsley and Huddersfield Town.
Reading’s overall home record stands at 3-3-0 7/4 and they still remain unbeaten at the Madejski Stadium under the guidance of former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam with Reading, perhaps unsurprisingly, possessing the third best defensive record at home in the division.
Visitors Aston Villa are finding life in the English second tier extremely difficult to come to terms with as the west midlands club find themselves fifth from bottom in the Championship despite harbouring ambitions of a swift return to the Premier League this season following relegation at the end of last term.
It’s now ten league matches without a win for the once famous club, and former Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce has taken over the reigns at Villa Park as he attempts to turn the club’s fortunes around. Bruce has cited a lack of fitness for Villa’s poor start to this campaign, as his side have taken the lead in 7 of their 12 matches to date but going on to win just once.
Villa have also failed to win any of their six away matches in the Championship to date as they take a fragile looking away record of 0-3-3 2/7 to Berkshire on Tuesday night, and they are not in the least guaranteed of anything at Reading here.
Pick: Reading AH0 @ 1.83 bet365
18th October 2016 /
MANCHESTER UNITED v ASTON VILLASaturday 16th April 2016 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - Premier League Betting Tips
I never thought we’d be saying this, but Manchester United will be desperate to take all three points against down-and-out Aston Villa to maintain their bid for a Europa League spot come the end of the season.
The tides of change have certainly swept through Old Trafford since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and United are no longer the side they used to be. That said, they still remain a force at Old Trafford as they’ve suffered just two defeats on home turf all season amidst an overall record of 9-4-2 20/7.
The Red Devils also possess the meanest defensive record at home in the Premier League having kept a total of 10 clean sheets from their 15 home matches to date. More of a solid defensive european outfit than the swashbuckling attacking side of the past, United know another clean sheet here will almost certainly end in victory for them here.
Visitors Aston Villa have seemingly resigned themselves to their fate of certain relegation now down to the Championship after a miserable campaign which sees them rock-bottom of the Premier League with just 16 points to their name.
The Villans can certainly live up to their nickname at Old Trafford though this afternoon if they spoil United’s party by avoiding defeat, but the chances of this happening are pretty unlikely to say the least!
Aston Villa hold a poor away record of 1-3-12 11/33 and they’ve lost their last four away matches on the trot with defeats suffered at West Ham, Stoke City, Manchester City and Swansea City, along with six defeats from their last seven.
Pick: Manchester United HT/FT @ 1.76 Unibet
15th April 2016 /
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