Marc Albrighton offered Paul Lambert a timely reminder of his ability to provide Aston Villa with a much-needed cutting edge when laying on Fabian Delph’s winner against Chelsea.
His guile could prove crucial if the Villans are to land odds of 11/10 about defeating Stoke, a victory which would represent the first time they’ve won three successive home league games since August 2007.
A draw can be backed at 11/5, while what would be just a second away win of the campaign for the Potters is a 13/5 bet.
Were Paul Lambert to start Albrighton new punters who sign up at bwin.com today would be advised to aim their £30 free bet squarely at the Villa win, with a £33 profit should the bet hit the bull’s-eye.
Here’s why the bit part wide-man should get the nod, despite seeing his side lose five and draw one of his six starts so far this term.
The 24-year-old averages more key passes and accurate crosses per game than any other Villa player and his chance-creating nous will be vital against a Stoke side who are likely to arrive with limited aspirations.
Away wins are rarer than rocking horse dung for the visitors, who have lost ten of their 15 Premier League road games this term, making it more than likely they will play for their fourth successive draw in the second city.
Stoke are a side beginning to forge a new identity under Mark Hughes, yet for now the cliché that any game against them is a battle still rings true.
The Potters sit atop the Premier League’s average fouls per game table on 13.3 an outing and Lambert will need his gutsiest competitors on the park for their visit.
Albrighton is once again the go-to Villans winger when it comes to getting stuck in, with his average 1.4 tackles per outing making him more useful than Gabby Agbonlahor (1) or shrinking violet Andreas Weimann (0.7).