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Seventh placed Aston Villa host struggling Burnley this afternoon. The Clarets have gained just one away point this season. Chris Hutcheon previews
Aston Villa have drawn three of their last four to slip to the bottom of the four-team battle for the final Champions League spot but as those stalemates came against Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, Martin O’Neill’s men will be relatively pleased with six points from their last available dozen.
Villa should force themselves back into top four contention this weekend too, as they entertain Burnley; the Premiership’s worst away team and Betfred’s home win quote of 2/5 reflects the confidence the bookies have in a home win.
The Clarets, bet365’s 9/1 outsiders, have lost 12 of their 13 fixtures on the road, scoring just eight times in the process and as the odds for a home win are pretty skinny, shrewd punters will aim to capitalise on the visitors lack of goals by backing O’Neill’s charges at a generous 7/5 with Partybets to prevail without conceding.
A victory by at least two clear goals, at 11/10 with 888Sport, is also a distinct possibility and so Betdaq’s 11/2 for Villa to notch twice without reply is as solid a bet as any at Villa Park, where the hosts can take control early in proceedings, subsequently taking a lead in at both the interval and full-time (evens, Paddy Power).
In attack meanwhile, Gabriel Agbonlahor returns to the fray having missed last week’s draw at Crystal Palace through injury and his pace can trouble Brian Laws’ side. The pacy forward is 4/1 with Totesport to break the deadlock and 11/10 courtesy of Victor Chandler to strike at any time.
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