The post-Paul Lambert era at Aston Villa gets underway with the visit of Leicester in the FA Cup fifth round and although the Foxes have pressing troubles of their own, their cup exploits can continue to ease their Premier League pain.
Of immediate concern to those looking to back a Villa win at 6/4 is the lack of direction from the dug-out.
In the wake of Lambert’s departure this fixture has arrived too early for the club to appoint the unfortunate Scot’s replacement, which must play into Leicester’s hands.
Nigel Pearson’s charges are 7/5 to extract further exasperation from the Villa Park faithful (if that was possible) with victory, while the draw is a 23/10 poke.
Despite their precarious position at the foot of the league table, the Foxes have shown a real appetite for a spirit-lifting cup run and given the circumstances of their opponents the away win gets the vote.
Newcastle and latterly Tottenham were sent crashing by Pearson’s plucky side in prior rounds and that shock victory at White Hart Lane will stand Leicester in particularly good stead.
Those new to bwin should be made aware that a £30 free bet awaits new customers, which could line the pockets to the tune of £82.50 with a wager on Leicester to win if successful.
Away from the match odds there are certainly a few other avenues to explore in search of a profit.
Villa’s infamous lack of goals, which played a leading role in the loss of Lambert’s job, is a theme worth tapping into, especially as Leicester rarely score multiple times either.
An obvious port of call is the 18/25 on under 2.5 in total which befits the Villans’ record barren spell of six league games without scoring, only ended when losing 2-1 to Chelsea last time out.
A more calculated approach with higher dividends, though, is taking bwin up on their offer of 37/20 about no goals being scored in the first half as neither side have netted pre-break in a combined 15 matches.