Aston Villa v Brentford Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 22nd August 2018

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Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa entertain Dean Smith’s Brentford at Villa Park in the EFL Championship on Wednesday night. Both sides have made a strong start to their season, but which way will this intriguing-looking fixture go in midweek? As expected, the Villans are favourites with the bookmakers, but the Bees are not too far behind.

Having dropped two points at Portman Road at the weekend, Villa will want to get back to winning ways at the first time of asking. Meanwhile, Brentford cruised to a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park on Sunday. The pair, who each have seven league points to their name, seem pretty evenly matched these days, so this Championship clash is wide open.

Top Tips

Aston Villa to Win 2-1 @ 17/2

Draw/Aston Villa HT/FT @ 5/1

Odds correct at time of writing but may have changed since. Check site for latest prices.

Aston Villa Form

Aston Villa have made a fast start to their Championship campaign, winning two and drawing one of three matches thus far. After kicking off with a 3-1 win at Hull City on the opening weekend, the Villans then left it very late to beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 at Villa Park, with Birkir Bjarnason netting the winner in injury time. However, their 100% winning record came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town last weekend.

Having missed out on promotion to the Premier League at the final hurdle last season, the Midlands outfit will be hoping to go one better this term. A win on Wednesday will signal a very good start to their campaign.

MatchDateScoreResult
Ipswich Town v Aston Villa 18th August 1-1 Draw
Yeovil Town v Aston Villa 14th August 0-1 Win
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic 11th August 3-2 Win

Brentford Form

Brentford had a fine season under Smith last term, eventually finishing just six points off the play-off places in ninth. The Bees picked up a respectable 31 points on their travels, although they will be looking to improve on their 10 away losses. This season, Brentford have drawn 1-1 at Stoke in the Championship and beat Southend United 4-2 at Roots Hall in the EFL Cup.

The Londoners kicked off their campaign with a thumping 5-1 win over Rotherham United at Griffin Park. The Bees then made it two home wins on the bounce with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sheff Wednesday last Sunday. Smith’s troops now face back-to-back away league games before welcoming Nottingham Forest to Griffin Park at the start of next month.

MatchDateScoreResult
Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday 19th August 2-0 Win
Southend United v Brentford 14th August 2-4 Win
Stoke City v Brentford 11th August 1-1 Draw

Head to Head Stats

Last season, Brentford took four points from Bruce’s Villa. Having battled to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park in September, the Bees picked up a 2-1 win at home on Boxing Day, with Romaine Sawyers and Lasse Vibe on the scoresheet. In fact, Brentford have a good record over the Villans of late, winning two and drawing two of the last four meetings.

Aston Villa have not beaten Brentford since an FA Cup triumph all the way back in February 1953. You have to go back even further (1947) for their last league win over the London side. Will Villa put that record to bed on Wednesday night?

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
26th Dec 2017 Brentford 2-1 Aston Villa Brentford Championship
9th Sep 2017 Aston Villa 0-0 Brentford Draw Championship
31st Jan 2017 Brentford 3-0 Aston Villa Brentford Championship

Injuries & Suspensions

Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan are both doubts with groin injuries. Meanwhile, Harry McKirdy is likely to miss out on the squad after picking up a knock in the EFL Cup win at Yeovil Town. As for Brentford, they are set to make the trip to Villa Park with a full-strength team.

Aston Villa

  • Keinan Davis - Still on the mend from a groin injury
  • Scott Hogan - Likely to miss the match due to a groin problem
  • Harry McKirdy - Recently picked up a knock and could miss out

Betting Tips

Only Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City, who were both promoted to the Premier League, picked up more home points in the Championship than Aston Villa last season. The Villans were very hard to beat on their own patch, winning 14, drawing four and losing just two of 23 home league matches. Meanwhile, only five teams (including the three promoted clubs) won more games on the road than Brentford (9) last term. There’s not a lot to split these two clubs in terms of ability, so we should see quite an even contest in midweek. Being the hosts, though, Villa should prevail.

Aston Villa to Win 2-1

Villa’s last two wins have each come by a one-goal margin. A solitary goal could be enough to swing this one, so put some money on the hosts to come out on top with a 2-1 victory, which is available at 17/2.

Draw/Aston Villa HT/FT

Villa have gone in at half time level in all four of their matches so far. Take a punt on the Draw/Aston Villa HT/FT (5/1) on Wednesday.

Jonathan Kodjia to Score Anytime

Jonathan Kodjia scored his first goal of the season in the 1-1 draw at Ipswich on Saturday. Back him to follow that up with another goal here at 7/4.

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