Aston Villa host Sunderland tonight in a tussle to avoid the prospect of joining Reading and QPR in relegation from the Premier League.
Villa, priced 6/5 for victory, will be desperate for a win as they sit just two points clear of 18th-placed Wigan.
Sunderland are 9/4 outsiders but are a mere three points shy of the 40-point mark and go into the game with back-to-back wins under Paolo Di Canio’s dramatic new tenure.
A draw is also priced at 9/4. Here are a few stats to look at before deciding where to place your money on this crunch relegation clash.
2 – Only one of the last eight meetings between these sides in all competitions has produced more than two goals. The odds of less than 2.5 goals being scored in tonight’s match is 4/5.
7 – A pair of strikes since Di Canio took over has confirmed Stephane Sessegnon as Sunderland’s second highest Premier League goalscorer after the injured Steven Fletcher. Six of his seven Premier League goals have been the first or last of a game, and he is priced at 8/1 for either eventuality tonight.
12 – Despite a perceived attacking weakness, Sunderland have only failed to find the net once in their last 12 away matches. The Black Cats are 7/20 to score at Villa Park.
17 – Aston Villa’s home advantage appears neutralised by the fact they have taken the exact same number of points home and away this season. At 17, it is also exactly one point per home (and away) game. You can back a draw or a Sunderland win tonight at 31/50 in the double chance market.
18 – Villa are also entirely consistent when it comes to which half they score in, netting 18 goals in both the first and second period this season. They are 23/10 to score more in the first than second period tonight.