Aston Villa are now 9/4 with Stan James to finish in the top half of the Premier League table after last weekend’s stunning success over leaders but they will relinquish tenth place if they succumb to defeat at home to Stoke, who are a place below Paul Lambert’s men and priced at 11/4 by BetVictor to end the campaign in the top ten.
Home advantage however, dictates that the Villans are fancied to strike a blow in that particular battle, Paddy Power rating them as 6/5 favourites to get the better of the Potters, bet365’s 11/4 outsiders.
Stan James post 23/10 against an inconclusive affair, matching the last three renewals of this fixture and there’s bound to be money for a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 via William Hill as well as Ladbrokes’s 8/1 about a goalless affair.
However, Mark Hughes’s charges don’t travel well at all while Villa are on a high having carded back-to-back successes on their own patch so a slender home victory gets the nod. Skybet make the hosts 11/4 to shade it by a one-goal margin and they’re 7/1 (BetVictor) to grab the only goal for the second week running.
Aston Villa to beat Stoke 1-0 – 7/1 (BetVictor)