Aston Villa vs Brentford Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Villa threw away more points on Saturday as they allowed Nottingham Forest to score two goals in a game they completely dominated. Brentford pulled off a ‘shock’ by securing their first away win of the season at Brighton. Below are our predictions, betting tips and match preview.
Game: Aston Villa vs Brentford
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: Wednesday 14thSeptember, 7.45pm
Villa are winless on the road so far this season and have amassed just six points. It’s early in the season and there’s no reason to panic with a squad this talented, but Villa definitely need to make a better fist of their home games at least. They completely overpowered a weak Rotherham side, but they’ve drawn both games after leading since.
A horrible mistake from Pierre-Luigi Gollini gifted Huddersfield a point a few weeks ago, whilst Villa were at sixes and sevens in their own box as Henri Lansbury scored a late leveller at the weekend. Villa had turned the game around to deservedly led 2-1 after being utterly dominant for 60 minutes.
Brentford left Brighton with all three points on Saturday. It was their first away win of the season having previously lost to Huddersfield, Exeter and Rotherham. It should be said Brighton just didn’t turn up on the day and this could be a tougher game with Villa looking to give a good response. Only an injury time equaliser from Wednesday prevents Brentford from sitting second in the table at present, though.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Aston Villa are favourites to win here despite their patchy form. Best odds 4/5 can be found with Betfred. The draw is available at odds of 3/1 via Bet Victor and Betfair (along with Unibet and 888Sport) are offering the best odds on a Brentford win, giving out 4/1.
You can see how dangerous Villa are going to be once things click. And also once they tighten things up at the back. They blew Rotherham away and it took them five minutes to go up a gear and turn the game on its head against Forest. But it took them only a second to throw that game away. There is still something fragile about this team.
The signing of Tommy Elphick should go a long way to solving their defensive problems, but even so I think Villa have the power to outscore teams. Ross McCormack has been missing chances for fun despite netting a few. Brentford’s away form last season was pretty patchy, putting together wins and losses in bunches.
Brentford avoided defeat in 14 of their 23 away games last season. Interestingly, Brentford have now won 21 away games in this, their third Championship season. Just four of those have come as a win pre-ceded and followed by a loss or draw. When Brentford win away games, it tends to be in bunches and I think they’re capable of pulling off a surprise win here. Be brave and back Brentford: Draw no bet as our free betting tip at odds of 37/13 with Unibet as our free betting tip.
Brentford 2-1 is priced at 15/1 with Bet365.Villa will really want to be on the front foot in this game and they should score as always. However, expect Brentford to hit them on the counter just like others have been doing recently.
There are a host of talented Villa players scoring in a second, and despite Geste, Ayew and McCormack getting amongst the goals so far, they’re missing more than they’re scoring. The positive thing is they’re creating the chances so the goals should come eventually. Scott Hogan has had only a handful of chances in Brentford games this season but he’s looked clinical. Hogan to score at any time is best odds 13/5 with Paddy Power.
Free Betting Tip Brentford: Draw No Bet – 37/13
Brentford 2-1 – 15/1 with Bet365
Scott Hogan – 13/5 with Paddy Power