Wedged in the bottom three with only eleven matches to play, Aston Villa need to start picking up results, and quickly. Paul Lambert’s men could therefore probably do without a clash against champions Manchester City, who are emphatic favourites at 8/15 with Paddy Power to leave Villa Park with all three points.
A glimmer of hope for the hosts comes in the shade of the visitors’ last couple of away matches in which they’ve drawn at rock bottom QPR before losing at Southampton and home supporters confident their team can ensure Roberto Mancini’s troops register a third disappointing result on the road, can back their side at a chunky-looking 22/1 (Stan James) to nick it 2-1.
Given Villa’s predicament however, it’s difficult to recommend that kind of wager and indeed, it’s probably more prudent to consider the handicaps, where William Hill give Lambert’s charges a two-goal cushion at 4/7.
In attack meanwhile, Christian Benteke has helped himself to six in six in all competitions and while City are arguably the most likely winners here, he’s hard to ignore at 11/4 (Coral) to strike at any stage.
Christian Benteke to score at any time – 11/4 (Coral)