Barnsley vs Aston Villa: Keep faith with Bruce’s boys

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Odds: Barnsley 12/5, Draw 23/10, Aston Villa 11/10

Kick Off: 1730, 16/09/2017

Stadium: Oakwell

TV: Sky Sports

Aston Villa have had to endure another frustrating start to the season but are still rated one of the better teams in the Championship and are tipped to come good at Barnsley.

Steve Bruce knows the pressure is mounting, with his side languishing down in 18th place, but the visitors have had a tough run of early fixtures.

This is a chance to prove a cut above one of the favourites for relegation and we’re snapping up 11/10 for an away win in our Barnsley vs Aston Villa betting predictions.

A Look At Barnsley’s Betting Odds

Barnsley enjoyed a 3-2 EFL Cup win over Derby in midweek and have now prevailed in four of five fixtures at Oakwell this season, hitting the target 13 times.

Tom Bradshaw took his tally to five when netting against the Rams, with all of those goals coming on home turf, so he is one to consider in the anytime scorer market.

Paul Heckingbottom continues to defy the sceptics who say the Tykes will struggle to recover from selling a steady stream of key players each transfer window.

However, we reckon this is their hardest test to date and like 16/5 for an away win and both teams to score in our Barnsley vs Aston Villa betting tips.

A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds

Aston Villa had to settle for a second goalless draw at home in four days when hosting Middlesbrough on Tuesday, but you have to feel for Bruce after another series of unfortunate events.

Robert Snodgrass hit the bar with one effort and then Villa’s current luck was summed up as Conor Hourihane’s shot was blocked on the line by one of his own teammates when bound for the bottom corner.

“It’s a huge frustration for us, the chances we create and we don’t score,” moaned Bruce, whose side had over 70 per cent of the possession, admittedly with a man advantage for an hour.

However, the good news for Villa was the return from injury of last season’s 19-goal top scorer Jonathan Kodjia.

Looking at the Barnsley vs Aston Villa odds, Kodjia can help land our final pick of 11/5 for an away victory and over 2.5 goals in the game.

Additional stats

Last result:

BARNSLEY 3-2 Derby – Adam Jackson, Tom Bradshaw, Adam Hammill

ASTON VILLA 0-0 Middlesbrough

Head-to-head: Aston Villa 1-3 Barnsley, Barnsley 1-1 Aston Villa

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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