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Aston Villa can stem their plight with a result at West Brom

| 18.01.2013

Aston Villa may be bottom of the Premier League’s form table, but 21/20 is a price worth taking that they can avoid defeat in their Midlands derby away at West Brom.

Villa have managed just four points from their last six league games and conceded a worrying 19 goals in the process.

The good news is that captain Ron Vlaar should be fit to reclaim his place, with his experience and organisation of particular value given Villa’s recent problems defending the aerial ball.

Meanwhile, Villa’s recent record at the Hawthorns is fairly good, which suggests that they can claim either a win or a draw.

They have avoided defeat in five of their six Premier League visits and have triumphed on two of these occasions.

And with West Brom having lost four of their last five on all competitions and all of their last three in the Premier League, Villa’s chances of stemming their plight towards the relegation places is increased.

Aston Villa have already beaten Sunderland and Liverpool on the road this season and 7/2 is a decent price that they add a third away triumph at West Brom.

Given the recent form of the Baggies, it is hard to justify them being as short as 8/11 for victory even accounting for Villa’s woes, while the draw can be backed at 11/4.

Punters fancying either side to secure maximum points may want to try to enhance profits by backing their chosen team to win 2-1, which has been the only winning scoreline across the 13 Premier League meetings between the pair.

West Brom are 15/2 to triumph by this scoreline, with Villa 14/1. Alternatively, it is 31/10 that exactly three goals are scored at the Hawthorns.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



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.