Aston Villa have the opportunity to return to winning ways when they host West Bromwich Albion in the cross-town derby this weekend. Dean Smith’s side are winless since the beginning of February but they are still within playoff contention with a five-point gap to the top six. West Brom, meanwhile, are much comfortably placed in fourth with a game in hand and they are six points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
Betting Tips for the game
Villa went winless for the third successive league game after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Brentford on the road in midweek. Neal Maupay denied them a share of the spoils with an injury-time winner for the hosts.
West Brom extended their unbeaten run to two matches after playing out a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest at home. The Baggies appeared prime for a defeat before Jay Rodriguez equalised from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.
The Hawthorns was the destination for the last West Midlands derby, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The last meeting at Villa Park was more than three years ago and it finished 1-0 in West Brom’s favour. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a high-scoring draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
West Brom are priced at 2.80 for the victory while Villa are tipped at 2.50 for the same outcome. The visitors’ form has been patchy since the turn of the year but they have still excelled on the road with six wins from their previous seven outings. Nonetheless, the Baggies may not be able to get the maximum points at Villa Park, where the hosts have possessed a sublime scoring record of late. Our preview is to go for a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Aston Villa win odds: 2.50
West Bromwich Albion win odds: 2.80
Correct Score odds
Villa are bound to find the scoresheet this weekend, as they have netted at least twice in the past nine league games at home. Still, a victory may not be assured due to their disappointing backline, which has conceded two goals in seven of those games. A high-scoring thriller can be expected with top two high-scoring teams involved. The Baggies have averaged two goals in the past five away trips, and our correct score prediction would go with a 2-2 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]2-2 draw at 10.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Villa have not kept any clean sheet at Villa Park since early November and this has contributed to the past eight matches producing more than 2.5 goals. The trend should remain the same for the derby with both teams possessing goal scorers in a bright vein of form. Our total goals prediction is to go with more than two goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.60[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Tammy Abraham has led the line for Villa with success this term and has contributed 20 league goals already. The England international has netted four times in the past five league appearances, and he should capitalise on the good form to convert against Stoke, who saw the striker score from the spot in the last meeting. Abraham’s chances of scoring first are enhanced by his regular penalty-taking duties. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Abraham.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tammy Abraham at 4.75[/bet_tip_now]
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