Aston Villa’s habit of drawing games could come back to haunt them against improving West Brom at the weekend.
After a shaky start to the season in which they lost four of their first five games, Roy Hodgson’s men have put together two draws and a win in a three-game unbeaten sequence.
With West Brom returning to the sort of form which made them so difficult to beat towards the back end of last season, a home win for Aston Villa will be far from the formality odds of 9/10 suggest.
Indeed, as Alex McLeish’s side have only won once in their last six outings, a Villa win does not even look the most likely result, with a draw at 12/5 looking the best bet.
An away win is priced at 3/1 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Villa are certainly emerging as the league’s draw specialists, with five of their eight games so far this campaign ending without a winner.
This is enough of a basis to predict a draw between Villa and West Brom on its own.
Meanwhile, the fact three of the Villans’ four home league games this season have featured fewer than three goals also points to a low-scoring game.
Odds of 3/4 are available on there to be under 2.5 goals in the game, although for more attractive returns punters would do well to consider which half is likely to contain more goals.
Seven of West Brom’s last eight goals have come before the interval, while Villa are also more likely to score in the first half of their home matches.
Indeed, Villa have an impressive first-half record at Villa Park, with their four goals helping them to three wins and a draw after 45 minutes in their four home matches this season.
With this in mind, a punt on there to be more goals in the first half than there are in the second looks to be a winner at odds of 39/20.
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