Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Aston Villa have the chance to close the gap on the playoff places when they entertain Stoke City at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. Dean Smith’s side have remained undefeated since November and this sees them within four points off the top six. Stoke are just a couple of points behind them after going on an extended unbeaten run of their own. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Villa’s recent league meeting was against West Bromwich Albion in the west Midlands derby where they settled for a 2-2 draw. Anwar El Ghazi was the pick of the players with a goal in either half.
Stoke, meanwhile, were victorious during the previous gameweek after securing a 2-0 win over bottom side Norwich City. Tom Ince and Joe Allen were the scorers for Gary Rowett’s men.
The last meeting between the teams was at the Bet365 Stadium two years ago when Stoke secured a 2-1 triumph. The previous encounter at Villa Park also went in Stoke’s favour by a 1-0 scoreline. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a Villa win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Aston Villa win at 1.95[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke are offered odds of 3.75 to pick up the maximum points but we are not predicting this outcome. Both Stoke and Villa are currently on extended unbeaten runs but the latter should still have the advantage in this encounter, having scored more freely than their counterparts. Our preview fancies Villa to celebrate their first win over Stoke since 2014.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Aston Villa win at 1.95[/bet_tip_now]
Aston Villa vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.75
Stoke City win odds: 3.75
Correct Score odds
Villa have excelled in the scoring department since the last international break and they have netted a staggering 14 goals in the past four matches. In comparison, Stoke have equally impressed with eight goals but their statistic is however flattered by Villa’s recent scoring prowess. Both teams are likely to find the scoresheet this weekend but the hosts have a better strike force. Our correct score prediction anticipates a Villa 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Aston Villa 2-1 win at 8.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Villa have flourished in the Championship of late and there have been at least three goals in each of the previous five Championship matches. Stoke’s recent away trip to Reading witnessed a similar outcome following a high-scoring 2-2 draw. Our total goals prediction is to go for more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Tammy Abraham has been in good form for Villa this season with 11 goals from 15 league appearances. Seven of those goals have come in the previous five matches where he has failed to score in just the one occasion. Abraham has also been impressive in testing the opposition keeper with 70 percent of his attempts on target. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Tammy Abraham.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tammy Abraham at 4.75[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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