For those bettors with a perverse punting peccadillo for the most attritional of football matches the game of the season is in offing as Aston Villa visit Leicester.
Such is the desert of inspiration in which the visiting Villans find themselves, that the Foxes’ fragile three-match unbeaten run is enough to make them 6/5 favourites for victory.
Paul Lambert’s men are 23/20 to triumph, while the draw is priced up at 11/5, but siding with under 2.5 goals in a duel that could go either way is a better way to play.
It’s a shade over 3/5 that the scorers are troubled on less than three occasions at the King Power Stadium.
A casual glance over Villa’s 2014/15 resume reveals their fair share of goal-rich encounters, but more often than not they have been against the league’s leading lights.
In ten matches against bottom-half opposition this term the second-city side have notched an abysmal seven times, keeping their heads above water by shipping only twice more.
Aston Villa’s last ten outings have been so dour that shunning a 2.5 goal bar in favour of a wager on less than 1.5 strikes netted may have even greater appeal at 19/10.
Just once during the aforementioned period were they involved in a clash that produced more than two goals.
Moreover, five of their last six fixtures produced a solitary moment of celebration.
Villa may have downed Leicester on home turf by a positively decadent two goals to one earlier in the season, but the Foxes have improved enough since then to suggest they won’t be defending with the laxness that yielded both goals for their foes.
Two 1-0 wins inside their last three games suggest as much, while the fact that their guests have netted twice in their last eight road games is further cause for optimism.
The bwin layers go 23/4 about a third victory by the finest of margins in four games for Nigel Pearson’s men.