Free tip Championship Tips: Aston Villa v Bristol City (Monday, 5.30pm)

Aston Villa face Bristol City in an important New Year’s Day fixture in the Championship. Both sides are battling for a playoff place, with City sitting in third and Villa in seventh.

Here are our betting tips and predictions for the intriguing clash.

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Aston Villa v Bristol City Match Prediction

Draw at 23/10 with Bet365


Aston Villa v Bristol City Specific Bet Prediction

Draw and both teams to score at 7/2 with Betfred


Aston Villa v Bristol City Past Meetings

These two played out a 1-1 draw in one of the first fixtures of the season back in August, with Josh Onomah cancelling out Jamie Paterson’s opener.

Last season, both matches went to the side playing at home; Villa won 2-0 at Villa Park, whilst the Robins won the reverse fixture 3-1 thanks to a three-goal second-half comeback.


Aston Villa v Bristol City Stats

City have lost just one of their last seven Championship matches, whilst Villa have won just one of their last six.

The Villains have lost just one of their 12 matches at Villa Park this season, winning six of those. City meanwhile have the second best away record in the league; a record that actually matches Villa’s record of six wins and one loss.

Over 2.5 goals has happened in 50% of Villa’s home matches, whilst both teams to score has happened in 58% of matches at Villa Park.

Over 2.5 goals has happened in 58% of City’s away matches, whilst both teams to score has happened in 67% of their matches away from Ashton Gate.


Aston Villa v Bristol City Team News

Villa are currently struggling with injuries. They were without eight first-teamers in their recent clash against Middlesbrough. They can add Tottenham Hotspurs loanee Josh Onomah to the list, who returned from injury against Boro but had to be withdrawn after 30 minutes due to a knock. He’ll be a doubt for the game. Good news for the home side is that top scorer Albert Adomah managed 90 minutes last time out despite getting injured in the previous match.

First choice City keeper Frank Fielding will definitely miss out after getting sent off in their recent match against Wolves. Experienced stopper Luke Steele will deputise.


Reason for Aston Villa v Bristol City Bets

 

Bristol City take on Aston Villa in a fascinating encounter to kick off the New Year. The Robins have been one of the surprise packages of the season, finishing a mere three points off the relegation zone last year. They currently sit in third place on goal difference, whilst their opponents Villa are just outside the playoff places. 

The home side’s form at the end of year – winning just one of their last six matches – saw them drop out of the playoff places. Nevertheless, they did end the year on a high by defeating Boro at the Riverside Stadium. They’re unbeaten in four games at Villa Park, winning two and drawing the others, and they’ve generally performed better in front of their own fans. 

The Robins meanwhile have the second best away record in the league, with the second best goal tally too. They had a fantastic December, beating Boro, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Reading and even Manchester United, but they ended the year with a disappointing home loss to league leaders Wolves. They were a goal up in that match, but Fielding’s sending off changed the game, with Wolves fighting back to grab a late winner. The City players looked devastated at the final whistle, and that could be a morale sucking blow going into the new calendar year. 

Taking into account Villa’s impressive home form, and having lost only once at Villa Park all season, as well as City’s recent sucker-punch by Wolves, this game looks set to be a draw. You can back it with favourable odds at 23/10 with Bet365. On top of that, the majority of these sides’ respective home and away matches have ended with both teams scoring. You can back a draw and both teams to score at 7/2 with Betfred.


Aston Villa v Bristol City Match Prediction

Draw at 23/10 with Bet365


Aston Villa v Bristol City Specific Bet Prediction

Draw and both teams to score at 7/2 with Betfred


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