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Manchester United v Aston Villa betting sees a return to action for Ashley Young against his former club. Young, who was ineffectively withdrawn on Wednesday night as United suffered a shock reverse at Wigan, will no doubt be keen to impress against his former employers. Popular online bookmaker Ladbrokes have a Money Back Special running for Manchester United v Aston Villa betting, all surrounding the presence of Ashley Young. If Young scores at Anytime during the game on Sunday, Ladbrokes will refund all losing First Goalscorer bets. This provides a great bit of coverage on the popular and highly valuable market.

In the Manchester United v Aston Villa first Goalscorer market, Wayne Rooney, who was below par against Wigan as well, is favourite to open the scoring at 2/1, while team mates Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are both out at 3/1. So strong option from Manchester United, who pretty much dominate this market, with Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor way out at 12/1, representing the visitors’ best showing. Wayne Rooney incidentally, is on a four game scoring streak at Old Trafford, having netted six times in those four matches, so is clearly the top option. So head to the First Goalscorer market and take the bit of coverage, should Ashley Young pop up and punish his former club.

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Manchester United v Aston Villa Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Man Utd 2/9, Draw 5/1, Aston Villa 11/1

Well, Manchester United still have a five point cushion at the top of the league and with just five matches left to play in the season, their recent anomaly against Wigan, probably won’t stop them losing the title. Sir Alex Ferguson was visually livid with his side’s performance at Wigan, and even Wayne Rooney got pulled from the action in an attempt to get things moving. That was probably one of United’s worst performances in the league this season, and it ended an eight game winning streak for them. While it came as a surprise, the Red Devils now have back to back home matches to firmly put their stamp back on the Premier League title again. They haven’t lost their grip on it, and because they should comfortably pick up three home points on Sunday, it will likely be business as usual. Paul Scholes will likely come back into the starting line up after being rested, and his influence has been immeasurable since his return. United have won all nine matches which Scholes has started this season. Whenever United fall down like that, you expect them to get back up quickly. Their home form has been outstanding, winning the last six on the bounce, and look unlikely to falter.

Aston Villa meanwhile are probably just nervously looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone, which is only six points beneath them. However, Alex McLeish’s men are expected to pick up any points on Sunday, and while it’s unlikely, if the teams beneath them pick up form, then they could be sucked in closer to the drop zone. Aston Villa don’t give all that much away, but they are lacking a lot of fire-power after losing Darren Bent for a big portion of the season. McLeish likes to keep things tight and unadventurous, as is his accustomed style. There has only been one win in the last ten league matches for Villa now, and they lost 1-0 at home against Manchester United earlier in the season. A draw at Old Trafford, like the resilient one they earned at Anfield over the Easter weekend would be a massive point for them, but that looks unlikely. Villa are likely to feel the brunt of a Manchester United backlash on Sunday, and with Villa winning just one in the last 26 visits to Old Trafford, anything other than Villa extending their streak without a win to five matches, is highly unlikely.


14th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

David Luiz (Chelsea)

Aston Villa v Chelsea Premier League Betting should take some good coverage through your bets at online bookmaker Bet365. The highly rated bookie offers lost stake refunds through their 0-0 Bore Draw Money Back Special. The bookie will pay out lost stake refunds on any losing Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bets placed on a match which ends in a 0-0 draw, so that could be great coverage for your Aston Villa v Chelsea betting. Chelsea head to Villa Park, where they don’t have a great record, but they need to pull out a win to keep their chances of a fourth place finish in the Premier League alive. Chelsea have been poor on the road though, so can Alex McLeish’s Villa frustrate the London side? Take coverage on the Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bets placed on Aston Villa v Chelsea betting with online bookmaker Bet365. Bet365 offer up to £200 worth of free bets for new customers registering an account. That is some great start up value for your new Bet365 account, as the bookie matches the value of your first deposit on a new account with a 100% bonus.

Aston Villa v Chelsea Betting Odds
Chelsea to win: 10/11 at Paddy Power
Draw: 5/2 at Bet365
Aston Villa to win: 4/1 at Stan James

Well Chelsea, who are still firing in the FA Cup and the Champions League, did not want to find themselves in this awkward position. Roberto Di Matteo’s men find themselves five points back of fourth place in the league, with just eight games to go. That is going to be a tough gap to close, because they have a tough fixture list to close out the season with. So this is the type of game where they need to capitalise on their opportunities. However, this tricky fixture at Villa Park, where Chelsea don’t have a great record, comes at a tricky time, sandwiched in between Chelsea’s two legs of their Champions League quarter final tie against Benfica. Chelsea picked up a precious away win in the week, and will have one eye on the return fixture against the Portuguese next week. So this match almost comes as a distraction, although it is vitally important that they pick up three points in it.

Tip: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has scored in each of his last four games against Aston Villa and is 4/1 favourite at Bet365 in the First Goalscorer Market.

However, the Blues are not in good shape away from home in the Premier League. Neither is their overall current form. Chelsea are without a win in their last two league matches, following defeat at Manchester City and a hugely disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Spurs last weekend, in what was such a crucial match in the race for fourth spot. Chelsea looked tired and short of their best there but they need to find a big response in the league. Aston Villa embarrassed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season with a 3-1 win. That is the last thing that the Blues need right now. Chelsea have lost their last three matches away from home in the league, and there has only been one away win in the last eight for the Londoners. So not great form in their quest for a top four finish. Chelsea are only averaging 1.20 goals away from home this season, and are conceding one per game on average. They need to break that run and turn things around, but Chelsea have only won once in their last twelve trips to Villa Park.

So can Villa really hurt Chelsea right now? The Villains aren’t exactly bristling with form, and injury problems have taken Villa right down to the bare bones. They weren’t in their contests last contest, which was an away visit to Arsenal last weekend, when they lost 3-0. Villa have won just one of their last eight home matches at Villa Park, and fans haven’t been happy with their limited and cautious approach to matches. They broke a streak of seven home games without a win when they beat Fulham on March 10th, by a 1-0 scoreline. But Villa, especially compounded by injuries and the long term loss of top scorer Darren Bent are struggling for goals. Villa have netted just two goals in their last five matches and that is a huge stumbling block for them. Villa have managed just four home wins all season and average just over a goal per game. They will go as underdogs, even at home because Chelsea are playing better at the moment, and have a bigger squad to call upon. Villa are only eight points out of the relegation zone, and while they will probably be safe, it has been a hugely disappointing season for them.


29th March 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

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Aston Villa v Manchester United betting throws up an interesting match, and Villa boss Alex McLeish will be at least hoping for the trend of the Midlands side earning a draw against the Red Devils continue. Villa have drawn their last three home matches against United, but Villa go into this match on the back of a poor stretch of  form which has seen them win just once in their last six league matches. So they definitely need a turn around, and they will be looking to the strike duo of Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor to earn them at least a point against United. Can Villa break out of their little slump? There’s no better confidence booster than beating Manchester United. But United don’t roll over that easily, and although they have not been playing with any great swagger or style since getting crushed by Manchester City, the Red Devils have been eking out narrow 1-0 wins to keep their title chance going. They were held at Old Trafford against Newcastle last weekend, a disappointing result, fuelled by a dodgy penalty given the Magpies, but United again failed to press on and score more than one goal. They have only scored more than one goal in a league match once in their last eight matches. Not something you see very often from United, but with Wayne Rooney not scoring since September, they are struggling for goals. However, they will look for a big three points away from home in the attempt to keep up the pressure in the Barclays Premier League title race. Aston Villa need three points to help to start fulfilling the ambition that the club has.

Manchester United forward Ashley Young will be facing his former employers on Saturday as he heads back to Villa Park. It is surrounding Young, which online bookmaker Paddy Power have built an Aston Villa v Manchester United betting promotion. If Young, who has two league goals to his name so far this season, scores at any time during the match, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles which have been placed on the match. This provides some good coverage for your Aston Villa v Manchester United betting and is worth taking advantage of. With draws becoming a feature of these Villa v United fixtures, a 1-1 Correct Score fetches 6/1 with Paddy Power, while over in the First Goalscorer market, Javier Hernandez, who has scored five of his six goals away from home this season, is priced well at 4/1. So good options for your football betting coverage on this match with the Paddy Power Money Back Special.

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Aston Villa v Manchester United Outright Odds at Paddy Power
Aston Villa 4/1, Draw 5/2, Man Utd 3/4


2nd December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Premier League Betting

Aston Villa v Manchester United Betting Tip & Odds: Would fancy United to edge this one. It will be an important three points for United in keeping up their title ambitions, but Villa need a win to turn around a bad patch of form. But United aren’t at their best and yet they keep scraping out 1-0 wins, and when you look at things here, that looks to be a likely result on Saturday between these two. United’s most frequent results away from home this season have been 1-0 wins and 1-1 draws, so that is a big indicator as to where to start looking for your Villa v Man United betting. Therefore we will look at Manchester United -1 Asian Handicap for 6/5 at Bet365.

Aston Villa to win: 4/1 at SkyBet
Draw: 14/5 at Stan James
Manchester United to win: 8/11 at Bet365

EPL Match Preview: Definitely should be an interesting affair at Villa Park on Saturday with United looking to bounce back from a shock Carling Cup exit in midweek. The Red Devils have lost a lot of momentum in terms of showing themselves as an attacking force this season, but they are still plodding along and picking up points. After a disappointing draw against Newcastle last week in the league, United were let off the hook when league leaders Man City could also only manage a draw. As for Aston Villa, they need to pick up some points, because they have hit a pretty rough patch of form where wins are becoming very hard to come by. Villa are an ambitious club which aren’t quite living up to the heights of where they actually want to be, but three home points against the Red Devils would certainly give them a boost of confidence to push on.

Aston Villa Form: After a solid enough start to the new season for boss Alex McLeish, who rattled off a run of seven unbeaten matches with Villa, signs of frailty have crept in. They have lost three of their last six matches now, and are eighth in the league and are unlikely to get any higher this season. They have done alright at home though, with just one defeat at Villa Park. They have won three, drawn two and lost that one at home so far this season. That is a 50% win percentage at home for them. Villa have managed to score at least one goal in each of their last four matches now, with Gabby Agbonlahor and Darren Bent doing pretty well up front for Villa. McLeish’s men are averaging 1.6 goals per match at home this season, but they are conceding on average one goal per match. They could do with tightening up their defence though, as they have kept clean sheets in just two of their six home matches, and their home matches have yielded nearly 70% of all of their points this season. Their best periods in front of goal have come in the middle of each half but 56% of all their goals have come in the second half of matches. They are not too great at getting out in front, which could be the reason why they are struggling to pick up wins, as they have scored first in just 46% of their matches. It generally means that they then have to do a lot of scrapping and chasing for points. Darren Bent and Gabby Agbonlahor both have five league goals for the season, Villa’s real threats up front. There is a bit of a feeling that Villa can get better and McLeish hasn’t gone the boring route which many expected him to after his exploits with Birmingham, and Villa do play some nice open football. Still a work in progress though, but they have decent enough home form to trouble United, who definitely are not at their all powerful best at the moment. They may have ambition, listening to the board, but with just one win in their last six, they are going to need to start putting the points on the board sooner rather than latter. With no goals in their last two matches either, it is hard to see Villa taking three points off United, so a draw at best looks likely for them.

Manchester United Form: Not sure just when Manchester United are going to come out of their shell, or whether they really have the capacity to do so. While they may have rightly felt aggrieved at Newcastle stealing a point at Old Trafford last weekend because of a dubious penalty awarded against Rio Ferdinand, the progress of United has generally been stunted. The defeat against Manchester City really knocked the win out of their impressive early season sails, and three of their last four matches has ended in narrow 1-0 wins in the league. You expect Manchester United to just steam roller teams like Sunderland and Newcastle at home, but they have not been able to. They have looked a very laborious, defensive minded team, scared of suffering a repeat of the Man City humiliation. Wayne Rooney’s goal scoring contributions have totally vanished, not having scored a league goal since their 3-1 home win over Chelsea on September 18th. Since then, remarkably, United have only managed to score more than one goal in a match once since then. Let’s just sum that up, only once in the last eight league matches have United scored more than one goal. That’s something you don’t associate with them, but only Javier Hernandez, who has scored in three of the last four, is carrying any real threat. Their clinical, sweeping forward movements have gone, and United were embarrassed in mid week, when Championship side Crystal Palace beat them at Old Trafford. So a trip to Villa is going to be tricky for Sir Alex Ferguson. Away from home in the league this season, Man Utd have won four, drawn two and have yet to suffer a defeat, so they are in pretty decent shape, if not thoroughly convincing. They are currently on a two match winning streak away from home, and have scored at least one in each of their six away matches this season. So you do expect them to score at least one on Saturday. United are still, as always, at their most dangerous in the final fifteen minutes of matches, and they have scored 53% of their league goals in the second half this season. Worth getting a bet down on them to open the scoring, as they have scored first in 85% of their matches, which is very good. Clearly Wayne Rooney doesn’t know where the goal is at the moment, but he still leads the way with 9 goals for the club, with Hernandez on six behind him. Five of those six for Hernandez have been away from home, so definitely worth a look in your goal scoring betting for the Mexican. Unconvincing in front of goal, not brilliant at the back, but they generally get the job done.

Head to Head: Things are pretty even in the head to head between Villa and United at Villa Park. When the two sides have met in the Midlands, Villa have won 35 of the meetings at Villa Park, while United have scored an impressive 31 wins there, and earned 21 draws. So no real ascendancy for the home club in this fixture, but Villa have proven to be a stubborn side against United in the last few league meetings. Out of the last six league matches between these two, United have won only one, with Villa picking up a win as well in that run of games, leaving four drawn matches out of the last six encounters. Villa have held on for three draws in their last three home league fixtures against United, including last season’s 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

Online Bookmaker Promotion: Manchester United forward Ashley Young will face his former employers this Saturday, and Paddy Power have an Aston Villa v Man Utd betting promotion surrounding him. If Ashley Young scores during the match at any time, then Paddy Power will be paying out lost stake refunds on First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets placed on the match. This is a nice bit of coverage to take advantage of for your football betting. Online bookmaker Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £50, giving you some good free betting cash to enjoy.


2nd December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

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England and Aston Villa striker Darren Bent heads back to White Hart Lane on Monday night, looking to get one over on his former employees. Villa are steadily plodding along, having pulled themselves up into the top ten in the table ahead of the weekend. Villa have been a bit guilty of drawing far too many matches, not being able to squeeze out those wins for boss Alex McLeish. Still, Villa are a young side and have a lot of growth and room for improvement in them. There is a lot of responsibility on the goal scoring shoulders of Darren Bent, who really didn’t show up last weekend for England against Spain. He was on the pitch but pretty anonymous in isolated positions. Bent, who has five league goals to his name this season, will need to be firing alongside Gabby Agbonlahor, if they are going to come away from White Hart Lane with anything. Villa have scored at least a goal in each of their last eight matches now, but they need to find a way to tighten up at the back, or else Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa betting is likely to go all one way. Spurs have gotten themselves off to a wonderful start to the new Premier League season, and they look again as if they are going to be strong contenders to get into the Champions League again next season. Spurs have lost just once in their last eight league matches, with seven of those being wins. It looks as if Spurs have learned to win ugly with their last win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Spurs have had an all round great team contribution this season with Rafael van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor all weighing in with the goals.  Spurs are capable of playing some wonderfully fluent football, and many can argue that they are the best side in London at the moment. So now Spurs will be looking to continue their form with a good home victory in Spurs v Aston Villa betting on Monday night.

Online betting exchange BetFair have a great online promotion running for your Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa betting. If you enjoy a good punt on a multiple, then Betfair have just the football betting ticket for you to enjoy. You need to opt in to this Betfair promotion, which is ex Arsenal full back Lee Dixon’s banker. When you build a football multiple of a fivefold or bigger which has to include Spurs beating Aston Villa, if it is Spurs who are the only ones in your multiple who let you down, then you will get a full stake refund up to £100. So, by taking Spurs as your banker in a fivefold for example, if the other four legs win and Spurs mess the whole bet up by losing, at least you will have some coverage in that you would get your lost stake back as a free bet. You do need to build your accumulator on matches for November 18th to 21st, and you need to get it placed by 8pm GMT on Monday, 21st (which is kick off for your Spurs v Aston Villa betting). So there is good coverage on your football multiple betting here this weekend with Betfair, the highly rated online betting exchange. Betfair offer a free £20 bet plus between £10 and £1000 cash back in a welcome bonus, where the more you bet in the first 30 days of opening your new Betfair account, the bigger your bonus will be! Check out Betfair for more details and great coverage on all of this weekend’s Premier League football betting.


19th November 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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Online bookmaker Bodog are offering a Money Back Special on the Aston Villa v West Brom Midlands derby this week in Premier League betting. Aston Villa had gone unbeaten in the new season under Alex McCleish until they ran into the in-form Manchester City last weekend. As for West Brom, they had a bad start to the season but have just found a little bit of form, going three matches unbeaten in the league. Now the fixture list throws these two Midlands clubs together for some local bragging rights, and with a win, Aston Villa could draw themselves six points clear of their neigbours. With just one defeat on the season and with home advantage here, you would imagine that Aston Villa are going to be the stronger of the two sides, but combined, Villa and the Baggies have draw six of their last twelve matches combined, so a draw seems a likely result. But online bookmaker Bodog will be hoping that there is not a goal fest on the weekend at Villa Park, because if there are four or more goals scored in the game, then the online bookie will refund all losing bets placed on the match. Pretty decent coverage on the Midlands derby in your Premier League betting. Villa are 21/20 favourites, with West Brom at 3/1 to win the match, and a draw trading at 11/5 with Bodog. The online bookmaker offers a free £10 bet as a sign up bonus for new customers, register with Bodog and deposit at least £10 in your new account. Place your first £10 bet at odds of Evens or better and if your stake loses, the bookie will cover your loss. They will give you a free bet to the value of £10 if you don’t manage to land a winner with that first bet.


21st October 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Premier League Betting

The Club:
There is a feel that Aston Villa may be able to start with a breath of fresh air this season. It was a very difficult season last year both on and off the pitch, and bringing in Alex McLeish to replace Gerard Houllier was perhaps not the smartest bit of business which the club could have done. The club really look as if they could go either way in Aston Villa Premier League Betting. With a couple more players and an attacking ethos, they could push on hard for another top half finish, but equally with a couple of injuries they look fragile enough to be drawn into a relegation battle quickly. The one thing helping Aston Villa and new boss McLeish, is that they have one of the easiest starts to the Premier League season of all clubs. They will have navigated their way through eleven matches with having faced only one of the top six teams from last year. So early points will be crucial for the club.

Players/Manager:
The experience which Gerard Houllier was supposed to bring last season didn’t quite marry too well with the crop of young players. There was also the problem with Houllier’s health which didn’t help, but in the end, and there is a big question over the fit of new boss Alex McLeish. What is working in Aston Villa’s favour is that they are a good young side, and they just need some nurturing. That is all. There was a big furore when former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish decided to take the short move across the city to take over at Villa Park. It wasn’t a popular move. Now, McLeish is experienced and can assemble a good future for Villa given patience by the board and fans, but he is not exactly an exponent of pretty football. Quite he opposite in fact. One of the things which hurt them year was a lack of punch going forward. Their approach work was quite good at times, as they used width well with the likes of Ashley Young (who has moved on to Manchester United), but there wasn’t enough clinical power up front. To try and solve that they have brought in Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan on a five year deal to give them a better target up front. The club have also brought in Shay Given to give some stability between the sticks as well, but the have seen the departure of Stewart Downing who moved north to Liverpool. Aston Villa are a work in progress and that has to be appreciated by fans. They picked themselves up towards the end of last season and that should be something better to build upon. It will depend on the nature of McLeish and how he approaches this. He can’t be too defensive and suck the natural talent out of this side.

Last Season: 9th
Aston Villa suffered a long season last year, looking as if they were relegation candidates at one stage, because they just couldn’t get things together. They did very well to pull themselves up to ninth in the table at the end of the day, including a triumphant season end with victory over Liverpool. Villa only suffered one defeat in their last eight matches, which points to them being a lot better this season. They need a solid start, one which gives them a platform to build on, and their young players will have had that little bit more experience under their belt. They suffered a lot of injury problems last year as well, which forced their young players into action and they grew in stature over time. Definitely need to tighten up at the back, that is the main area which needs to be addressed as they were far too leaky there.

2011/12 Aston Villa Premier League Betting Projection:
You will expect Alex McLeish to figure something out in terms of making Villa a better defensive unit, as he is known for his somewhat stifling, defensive tactics. We are uncertain as to what kind of fit that McLeish really is going to be here. He did get Birmingham relegated twice in three years, and so naturally Villa fans are going to be worried by a lack of adventure. Villa’s defence is really not that great, and McLeish will probably try and compensate for that with formation and going just one up top. That’s going to be dangerous ground to be treading, as Villa fans need to be impressed. They do have Darren Bent up front and really need to feed him. There is potential there, but certainly nothing higher than a mid table finish. Not with McLeish in charge. The Scot has tried to be adventurous in pre season friendly matches but that is going to count to nothing when backs are against the wall in the Premier where it counts.

Finishing Position: Bottom Half of Table

Relegation Odds:
20/1 at SkyBet

First Three Fixtures
August 13th: Fulham v Aston Villa
August 20th: Aston Villa v Blackburn
August 22nd: Aston Villa v Wolves

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4th August 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting










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