Free tips Championship Tips: Bolton v Aston Villa (Saturday, 5.30pm)
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Championship promotion contenders Aston Villa will hope to bounce back from their surprise midweek loss to Queen’s Park Rangers as they host struggling Bolton Wanderers in the Championship on Saturday.
We take you through our Bolton v Aston Villa match preview and betting tips for the Saturday evening fixture at the Macron Stadium…
Bolton v Aston Villa Match Prediction
Aston Villa win 9/10 – Betfair
Bolton v Aston Villa Best Bet
Under 2.5 Goals 17/25
Bolton v Aston Villa Past Meetings
This will be the 119th competitive fixture between the two clubs, with Villa ahead on the head-to-head record with 45 wins compared to Bolton’s 43.
However, only one meeting has occurred between the clubs in the past six seasons and that saw Villa win 1-0 at Villa Park earlier in the campaign.
Jonathan Kodija scored from the penalty spot as Neil Taylor was dismissed late on for the hosts.
The Midlands club emerged victorious at their last meeting in Lancashire too – a 2-1 victory in the Premier League back in April 2012.
Bolton v Aston Villa Stats
Bolton languish in 20th place in the Championship – just two positions and six points above the relegation zone.
25 of Wanderers 36 points have come at the Macron Stadium – the 17th strongest home record in the division.
Phil Parkinson’s side have only won one game in their last eight – a 1-0 home victory over basement club Sunderland.
Villa sit third in the standings but have the division’s fourth best away record – with 30 points from their 18 games on the road – only six points fewer than Bolton have won all season.
Tuesday night’s loss at QPR ended a run of three straight victories for Villa, which included a 4-1 thumping of league leaders Wolves the previous Saturday.
Bolton v Aston Villa Team News
Bolton will continue with their 4-2-3-1 line-up which is headed by Adam Le Fondre and flanked by Sammy Ameobi and William Buckley, although Zach Clough and Aaron Wilbraham are both hopeful of starts – the latter scored from the bench in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
Villa are expected to continue to revert back to their 4-4-2 formation with Scott Hogan coming back in to partner Lewis Grabban in the attack, while while Manchester United loanee Axel Tuanzebe and midfielder Joshua Onomah among those pushing for starts.
Reason for Bolton v Aston Villa Bets
The hosts are badly out of form with just one win in eight and sliding towards the relegation zone, with a lack of firepower their main concern.
Bolton have not scored more than once in a match since before Christmas – a run of 15 games, in which they’ve managed to score just 10 goals.
Ultimately, Villa have much more quality in their ranks and will be eager to rectify their shock home defeat to QPR but may see this as an ideal match against opponents who are out-of-sorts.
Steve Bruce will look to go back to basics to ensure the three points for his side, with a low-scoring Villa win the most likely outcome.