Aston Villa seek an end to their winless streak when they host a Derby County team that has been distracted from the promotion challenge in recent weeks. Aston Villa are in the mid-table places with little likelihood of putting up a promotion challenge or slipping into the relegation battle. Meanwhile, Derby County have received a string of setbacks in their bid for promotion and speculation surrounding the future of Frank Lampard has not helped. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Aston Villa had reasons to be more positive after a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium as the team came up with a late equaliser. However, a lack of victories have been pushing Aston Villa deeper into the bottom half of the table.
Derby County’s form worsened with the team losing 1-0 against Nottingham Forest during the weekend. This was the third successive defeat for Frank Lampard’s men.
The reverse fixture witnessed Aston Villa getting a comprehensive 3-0 success over Derby County at the Pride Park. However, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw when they last met each other at Villa Park. Our betting tips and predictions for this game expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Aston Villa and Derby County are almost on a similar path in terms of recent form with the latter having picked up eight points from the last six games compared to Villa’s return of six. Villa manager Dean Smith has seen his team go through an inconsistent patch throughout his time with the club, while the speculation surrounding Lampard’s potential move to Chelsea appears to have hit Derby County’s form. After three consecutive defeats, Lampard will demand a response from his team, who are winless in the last six trips to Villa Park. Even though Lampard may have a strong record against Villa as a player, our preview would go with a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Aston Villa win odds: 2.10
Derby County win odds: 3.40
Correct Score odds
Villa struggled in the first half against Stoke City, but the club’s offensive record at Villa Park is quite decent – even if they have struggled to keep clean sheets. Meanwhile, Derby County were unable to finish off the opportunities in recent matches as Lampard’s men have struggled for goals. Still, our correct score prediction would opt for a 1-1 draw due to Villa’s bad defensive run.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
It is incredible that just one of the last nine matches at Villa Park in the Championship have been with under 2.5 goals, as Dean Smith has seen his team concede a large number of goals time after time. Derby County have struggled with finishing off chances in recent weeks, and our total goals prediction would back under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Aston Villa have opened the scoring only twice in the last five games at home, but Tammy Abraham’s form has been crucial behind most of the points that they have picked up in recent weeks. Abraham is now up to 20 goals for the campaign with only three goals separating him from the division’s top scorer Pukki. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Tammy Abraham.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tammy Abraham at 4.50[/bet_tip_now]
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