The Premier League’s most inept attack grapples the division’s sternest defence at Villa Park this evening in a game that’s nailed on to produce fewer than 2.5 goals.
A very fair 3/4 says the combined forces of Aston Villa and Southampton fail to yield three strikes or more in the west Midlands in a game for which the hosts assume enormous 18/5 underdog status.
The visiting side can be backed at 4/5, with the draw on offer at 13/5, but this is one for the under lovers.
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Punt it on two goals or fewer being bagged here to land a £22.50 profit if the teams duly oblige – these factors say it’s money in the bank.
The total goals in six of their previous seven renewals at Villa Park have seen the bet in question come in.
Five successive meetings between the pair at this ground have failed to produce three goals or more, with the Villans failing to find the net in three of these.
Without a goal in six of their previous seven, it wouldn’t be at all unreasonable to expect Paul Lambert’s men to be frustrated once again against a team that’s kept four straight clean sheets in the top flight.
The goal line in five of Southampton’s last eight road games has fallen short of the mark required here.
Ronald Koeman’s charges have prevailed on six of their eight trips across all competitions, with each of their previous three league matches rewarding backers of this particular bet.
Villa’s feeble frontline (that’s weakened all the more in the absence of the suspended Christian Benteke) has only filled the onion bag in two home games this term, which adds to the potential about an away win in tandem with fewer than 2.5 goals copping at 11/4.
When Jores Okore plays, Aston Villa tend to lose.
The Dane’s Premier League career hasn’t gone according to plan; he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury in his third game and, on the three instances he was picked before, his employers have been bested by one goal.
In the absence of Philippe Senderos, Nathan Baker and ‘Concrete’ Ron Vlaar, Okore is a sure fire starter at centre-half, augmenting Saints’ hopes of victory.