Aston Villa have the perfect chance to boost their survival chances today as they entertain an inconsistent West Ham side and Paddy Power make the troubled Villans 6/4 to do just that at Villa Park, where Sam Allardyce’s Hammers are 15/8 via Stan James to pile further pressure on Paul Lambert.
As there’s little separating the pair in the betting, a flurry of cash is likely for the draw at 12/5 with Ladbrokes and indeed bookies are taking no chances where a 1-1 scoreline is concerned, Betvictor rating it as one of their shortest-priced correct score wagers at 13/2.
On their own patch however, up against a visiting team struggling badly on the road, Villa should be fired up, sensing a great opportunity and that desire can see them sneak this one.
Skybet chalk them up at 3/1 to come out on top by a one-goal margin and it’s a tempting-looking 8/1 (Coral) for Lambert’s charges to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline, Villa’s porous rearguard suggesting that both teams will find the net (8/11, Bet365).
Staying with goals meanwhile, Christian Benteke is the man most likely to make the breakthrough, the hosts’ powerful striker a 5/1 chance at Skybet to notch first.
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