This one could be very interesting.
Aston Villa have started the season in great form, but their momentum has been halted somewhat by a 1-1 draw at Ipswich that saw them play the entire second half against ten men. Failure to finish off their struggling opponents last time out may have dealt them a confidence blow ahead of the visit of a Brentford side that have confidence coursing through their veins.
The Bees cruised to a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon, and have been impressive in their battering of Rotherham and dominance over Stoke in what was a 1-1 draw that should have been much more.
Dean Smith will fancy his chances of getting something from Villa Park, and you can get odds of 4/9 for the double chance of a Brentford win or the draw. Alternatively, for a bit of extra value you can go for Brentford on the draw-no-bet market at even-money with Paddy Power.
Ollie Watkins is starting to look a real prospect for the Londoners, and has found the net in all three of his side’s Championship games this season. You’ve got to be backing form here, and Watkins is your man at 2/1 with William Hill to score anytime.
That said, you always get chances against Brentford. Their cavalier attacking approach usually leads to gaps at the back, and with Villa having plenty going forward themselves; we should be in for a topsy-turvy clash in the West Midlands. A spot of mini-spread betting could give you some tidy returns if you back both over 2.5 goals (19/20) and over 3.5 goals (23/10) with Ladbrokes.
Jonathan Kodjia scored for the first time since September last year in his Villa side’s draw at Ipswich last time out, and now he has that hoodoo off his back, I fancy the Ivorian to find the sort of form that secured his £11 million move to Villa Park from Bristol City two years ago. Kodjia is 13/8 with Betfair to score inside the 90 in this one.
As with the Swansea-Leeds game, you’ll have a very tough time picking out a winner in this one. When in doubt, go for a same-game multi that backs corners and goals as opposed to an outright victor. With that in mind, stick a tenner on both teams scoring, Ollie Watkins to score at least twice, over 2.5 match goals, and over 1.5 first-half goals at a potentially jaw-dropping 37/1 with Paddy Power.
Tip of the Day: Bolton should really beat Birmingham when you take the form of both sides into account, and odds of 21/10 are too good to turn down.
Championship Treble: £10 on Bristol City, Rotherham and Blackburn returns a juicy £127 with Paddy Power.
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