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.
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 They can add Tottenham Hotspurs loanee Josh Onomah to the list, who returned from injury against Boro but had to be withdrawn after 30 minutes due to a knock.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.