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Sunderland vs Aston Villa: hard not to see both teams scoring

| 29.10.2011

All three results arguably look equally likely in Aston Villa’s trip to Sunderland and so the best Premier League bet could be that both teams score at the Stadium of Light.

It is 5/6 that both teams strike inside the 90 minutes and Sunderland have found the target in nine of their last ten games with Aston Villa.

However, a goal-fest should not be expected as Sunderland have only scored more than one goal on a single occasion in their last 20 Premier League clashes with Villa.

Meanwhile, with the pace and scoring prowess of Gabby Agbonlahor and former Sunderland striker Darren Bent in their ranks, it is hard not to see Alex McLeish’s team finding the target, especially as Sunderland have failed to keep back-to-back Premier League clean sheets since January.

In terms of picking a winner, neither team are in the greatest form with Villa winning just one of their last seven games and just a sixth of their last 24 on the road.

Sunderland are equally as bad, as they have won just two of their last 12 fixtures at the Stadium of Light.

When in doubt, it often pays to side with the home team and Sunderland’s odds are 6/5 to beat Aston Villa, with the visitors available at 23/10 to triumph.

It is also 23/10 that the game ends as a draw, which may prove the most likely outcome, with 1-1 standing out in the correct scoreline market at 11/2.

In the first goalscorer market, Sebastian Larsson could be overpriced given his ability from dead-ball situations and the fact that he may take pleasure from scoring against his former Birmingham manager McLeish.

Larsson is 10/1 to open the scoring and 7/2 to strike at any point within the 90 minutes.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.