Beleaguered Aston Villa’s only two victories in a dozen outings have come in the FA Cup and having dropped into the relegation zone on the back of some horrible Premier League form, the club surprised nobody by parting company with boss Paul Lambert this week and putting Scott Marshall in temporary charge.
The last team Villa managed to beat in the league was Leicester and coincidentally, the Foxes are the team that stand between Marshall’s men and an FA Cup quarter final berth. As the Villans seem to enjoy the respite cup ties bring, they’re tentative favourites at 6/4 with Winner.com to reach the last eight at the first attempt while City arrive as bet365’s 21/10 outsiders.
However, with both teams struggling desperately for form, BetVictor can expect plenty of wagers on the 12/5 they post against the tie requiring a replay and a goalless affair at 17/2 with Stan James is also set to attract cash, given that neither side is particularly prolific in attack at present.
Alternatively, there’s betway’s 21/5 about both halves finishing all square while punters that think the hosts will react well to a change at the helm, can back Villa at 31/40 in BetVictor’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Aston Villa v Leicester to be 0-0 – 17/2 (Stan James)