FOOTBALL BETTING: Live On Sky Sports 1: Sun 12:00
Sunday lunchtime’s televised Premier League game sees Champions League chasing Aston Villa host rivals Birmingham City.
Back-to-back wins mean Aston Villa still harbour slim hopes of sneaking into fourth place but their outside chance will disappear completely if they fail to collect maximum points from today’s derby showdown.
Martin O’Neill’s men are 4/6 with Victor Chandler to get one over on their rivals, who are 5/1 at Betdaq to collect a maximum haul and arrest a run of five consecutive derby defeats but as draws outnumber home wins at Villa Park this term, many neutrals will risk their cash on William Hill’s 14/5 for the contest to finish all square.
In turn, Betfred’s 6/1 chalked against a 1-1 scoreline may prove popular; however, this fixture has produced only two draws in the last 18 renewals and so 888Sport’s 1/3 for either team to come out on top will tempt those seeking a banker.
Aided by home advantage and in decent shape coming into the match; Villa are most people’s fancy and they’re quoted at 6/1 by Stan James to bag the game’s only goal, as they did in the corresponding fixture at St Andrews back in September. O’Neill’s troops came out on top following a drawn first period in that one; a feat they’re 13/4 (Jaxx.com) to repeat and in what should be just as tight a contest, it would be no surprise if it remains goalless at the break (9/5, Paddy Power).
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