Aston Villa vs Leeds – England Championship Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Aston Villa – Leeds used to be a derby in the top half of the Premier League not so long ago when both clubs had better seasons and better squads. Nowadays, they’re playing each other in the Sky Bet Championship, with Leeds looking to consolidate their playoff place and Aston Villa challenging for a top-6 spot as well. Will home advantage prove to be key in this game?
Aston Villa vs Leeds – 29/12/2016
FT Result: Aston Villa 2.10 or 11/10 Draw 3.40 or 12/5 Leeds 3.90 or 29/10
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.30 or 13/10 Under 1.60 or 3/5
Both Teams To Score: Yes 2.00 or 1/1 No 1.72 or 8/11
It’s fair to say that recently relegated teams are favorites to instantly bounce back up to the Premier League, but there is a thing called “First half syndrome” in the Sky Bet Championship.
That syndrome states that players take too long to accommodate to second division football, and thus have a sub-par performance in the first half of the season – which explains what Villa is going through.
Sitting 10th with 34 points and a 25-22 goal difference, the club has seen mixed results over the course of the season but now comes after 2 straight wins in all competitions and 5 straight wins at home, where they have yet to lose.
Meanwhile, Leeds is one of the better away teams of the division. Their record is 6 wins and 5 losses away from home, the 5th best in the league, and are also in top form at the moment, winning 4 of their last 5 games.
A draw wouldn’t be horrible for them either but could see them dropping from playoff places in favor of Derby if other results go against them as well.
Aston Villa vs Leeds Betting Tips
That being said, it seems like we shall have two in-form teams going against each other. This brings us to your betting ideas: 1X, since Aston Villa probably won’t face their first home defeat of the season, and a “both teams to score” bet, since Leeds has shown good attacking football at the moment. If you’re looking for an outright winner, we’d go with Villa, due to the quality of their squad and the good form Jordan Ayew finds himself in.
Both Teams To Score – Yes @ 2.05 or 21/20 with 138
Aston Villa @ 2.10 or 11/10 with 138