Christian Benteke returning from a three-match suspension coinciding with the end of Aston Villa’s torrid winless streak strikes as nothing of a surprise.
The Belgian behemoth didn’t have the same impact on the side when he returned from a ruptured Achilles against Manchester City, but a lack of match fitness can be cited as fair mitigation.
With a month’s extra training under his belt, Benteke’s second-coming reinvigorated the Villans, instilling the belief that victory was, at last, possible.
Now, riding this wave of relief and elation, they’re set to snare a second set of spoils this week when Midlands foes Leicester visit Villa Park.
An incredible price of 6/4 says they’ll pocket the points too; here’s why punters can’t afford to leave it alone.
Few top-tier outfits are in fouler fettle than the Foxes.
Since recording a fantastic 5-3 victory over Manchester United, Leicester – an unfathomably short 21/10 here – have commenced an alarming slide down the league ladder.
They’ve been bested in seven of the nine outings to follow the aforementioned King Power Stadium success, losing five road games on the spin in this spell.
An inability to find the back of the net is the root cause of City’s despair.
The two goals they plundered in losing 3-2 at QPR last time trebled their away-day tally for the campaign so far.
Prior to this they’d drawn four successive blanks on the road against backlines nowhere near as stern as Villa’s.
Since losing 2-1 at home to Spurs in the most unfortunate of circumstances, Paul Lambert’s side have conceded more than one goal in any game.
A 14/5-rated home win to nil offers myriad appeal.
Keeping the ball out is proving to be just as tough of late.
Leicester’s goal-getting quandary must’ve prompted Nigel Pearson to open up in recent matches.
They’d failed to bag in five straight matches home or away in the run up to their smiting at Loftus Road, but hadn’t conceded more than two in any of these games.
Playing with more attacking intent in their previous pair of outings resulted in them rippling the onion bag three times at the expense of six going in at the other end.
It would appear their choice is to either defend and lose by one or two, or attack and fall to a defeat in a game containing over 2.5 goals which, incidentally, pays at 3/1.