Aston Villa enjoyed only 23% of the possession at Southampton but the only statistic that really mattered at St Mary’s was the one that said Paul Lambert’s men struck three times and the Saints just twice. That victory carried the Villans in to the top half of the table and they should be full of confidence ahead of the trip to Fulham.
Inevitably then, Stan James’s 12/5 about it finishing all square will attract cash, alongside a 1-1 scoreline (13/2, BetVictor) but the hosts are struggling badly at present, having lost six Premier League games on the spin and as the visitors have proven to be much stronger on the road than on their own patch so far this term, it could be worth siding with Lambert’s troops.
The cautious can back them ‘Draw No Bet’ at 20/21 via Ladbrokes but the rewards are there for those feeling a touch bolder. Aside from the 9/5 about an away win, there’s BetVictor’s 15/4 for them to sneak it by one and bet365 post an enticing 10/1 against a third consecutive 2-1 home defeat for Rene Meulensteen’s team.