A rejuvenated Aston Villa side entertain Stoke this weekend on the back of successive wins over Newcastle and West Ham.
Victory at Villa Park on Saturday would mean that the Villans will have won three matches in a row for the first time in a year – highlighting what has been an unimpressive season for them thus far.
However, having reached that all-important 40-point marker with several games to go, the dreaded relegation battle that many fans feared should be over.
Villa will be hoping to build on their positive streak as they welcome the only team in the league not to have registered an away point in 2011.
The Potters have zero points from their six games on the road since the turn of the year, but a £10 bet on them to record their first away victory will see punters collect £45.
And following a vintage performance in front of 75,000 fans at Wembley, confidence is unlikely to be in short supply for Tony Pulis’ charges.
The Potters found the back of the net five times in a demolition of a subdued Bolton side to book their place in the FA Cup final in May.
Jonathan Walters found the net twice on that occasion and a £10 bet on him to score at any time during this encounter will return £33.
Previous meetings between the two sides offer little insight into Saturday’s match-up, with two wins, two draws and two losses apiece in their last six games.
With both sides riding high on confidence from their recent results, it could be tempting to back the draw at 49/20.
Punters looking to place a bet on the game’s first goalscorer will find it hard to look past former Sunderland frontman Darren Bent, who is as clinical as they come.
The striker can be backed at 7/2 to score the first goal of the match, with a £10 bet returning £45. Alternatively, the 27-year-old is evens to score at any time, meaning that punters can double their money if he breaches the Stoke rearguard.
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