Birmingham v Aston Villa Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sunday 30th October By @J_RKeith

Birmingham v Aston Villa – St. Andrew’s at 12:00 live on Sky Sports 2

It’s Halloween weekend and what better way to celebrate that with a Second City derby between Birmingham and Aston Villa, as a familiar face returns to St. Andrew’s is my latest Asian Handicap betting preview.

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Birmingham City

Birmingham City fans are happy, I would say, at the moment considering they sit seventh in the Championship and outside the play-off places on goal difference. However, recent form contradicts that baring in mind that they have only won two of their last five matches.
Gary Rowett’s last game finishing in a 2-0 defeat away to Burton Albion.

When it comes to home form, something has changed at St. Andrew’s as Rowett’s men sit unbeaten in their last five matches considering they went eight games without a win. Yet, away form is definitely something that needs improving.

One player who has always been about in the Championship and remains a threat is striker Clayton Donaldson. The 32-year-old netted 11 goals in the league last year and is on four so far this campaign. Furthermore, with on-loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz alongside him, this is a powerful duo who can definitely leave their mark on defenders.

Only one suspension as Johnathan Grounds is out for the derby. In addition, it would be good to see how Rowlett sets-up as he has shifted formations in recent weeks between a flat 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1. So let’s see what happens against the Villains.


Asian Handicap Betting

Clayton Donaldson

Aston Villa

Their rivals, meanwhile, have a familiar face at the helm in Steve Bruce, as the English manager took over from Roberto Di Matteo and now has a mission on his hand to gain promotion for the former Premier League club.
Bruce’s last match ended in a 1-0 win at home against Fulham; Johnathan Kodija scoring the only goal and extending their unbeaten record to three games.

One player I was looking forward to seeing in this game was Jack Grealish, a local lad who would have thrived under the atmosphere. However, he is suspended for the derby and you look around and wonder how many Midland’s lads will be featuring apart from Nathan Baker. It doesn’t look good, but I’m expecting Bruce to drill in the importance of this match.

Another concern is Villa’s away form. Only one win on the road this season is not impressive, as well as only scoring four goals in their last five matches says something needs to change. But, that’s the thing, with signings Kodija, Ross McCormack and Jordan Ayew they should be leaking goals.

One thing to take into account is that Bruce has not played the same formation in all three games. Though it seems the 4-5-1 (moving into a 4-3-3) could be most effective with the players at his disposal.



The last time these two sides met, Aston Villa won 1-0 at Villa Park. Yet, the last meeting at St. Andrew’s, back in 2011, finished in a 1-1 draw. In fact, Aston Villa has only won on three occasions after eight visits across the city, and there has never been more than three goals scored in a game.

Expecting a gruelling encounter and one that should definitely be watched. Birmingham head into this game with a great run of form at home, but then again Villa are unbeaten under the returning Bruce. I want to back a team, but I’ll probably stick with overs here.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals @ 1.91 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith 


Aston Villa v Newcastle Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 24th September by @tashason21

Aston Villa v Newcastle – Villa Park at 17:30 live on Sky Sports 1

After landing my last 4 Asian Handicap betting picks, I am hoping to make it 5 in a row on Saturday.

It still may sound like a Premier League clash, but this weekend Aston Villa take on Newcastle in the Championship, one of the biggest games of the Football League season.

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Aston Villa

Aston Villa haven’t had the best of starts to life in the Championship! After finishing rock bottom of the Premier League table last campaign, you’d think it could only get better for Villa fans this season.

Even under new manager Roberto Di Matteo, Villa still seem to be struggling. Out of the 8 league games Villa have played so far, they’ve only won 1, lost 2 and have drawn the rest.

This has come as a surprise to many who thought Aston Villa would be right up there challenging for promotion alongside opponents Newcastle before the season started. It’s still early days however and as we’ve seen time and time again, fortunes can change.

Aston Villa’s defeats have come against Sheffield Wednesday (1-0) and Bristol City (3-1), with their only victory being a 3-0 win over Rotherham, whereby Rudy Gestede scored a brace and Jack Grealish sealed the win.

Jack Grealish has once again hit the press in a negative light this week however, as he is thought to have been fined £50,000 by the club for his latest off-field indiscretion which involved an all-night party.

Gestede is currently Villa’s top-scorer with 3 goals to his name, but his side’s current draw rate must be a big concern. Villa need to start winning games as their run of poor form has seen them drop down to 18th in the Championship table.

Although there is a long way to go, opponents Newcastle are already 7 points ahead!

Last weekend Villa’s game away at Ipswich ended in another draw (0-0) and Di Matteo will be hoping to break this trend on Saturday, although you don’t get tougher opponents than Newcastle United.


Asian Handicap Betting

Rudy Gestede

Newcastle United

Newcastle had a rocky start to the new season, losing their 1st 2 games to Fulham (1-0) and Huddersfield (2-1). A run of 5 consecutive league victories since then saw them shoot up the Championship table, although last weekend their winning streak came to an end with a 2-0 defeat to Wolves.

Wins against Derby (2-0), Brighton (2-0) and QPR (6-0) would have encouraged the team, especially the 6-0 thrashing of QPR! Newcastle are banging in the goals at the moment and Dwight Gayle who signed from Crystal Palace in the summer is currently Newcastle’s top-scorer, with 4 goals to his name.

Last Tuesday Newcastle faced Wolves for the second time in the space of a week, although this time it was in the EFL Cup and the result was very different. The Geordies got their own back, knocking Wolves out the League Cup by 2 goals to nil, courtesy of goals scored by Matt Ritchie and Gouffran.

Newcastle have only conceded 6 league goals this season and so Aston Villa might have their work cut out on Saturday in regards to breaking the deadlock.


Although Newcastle lost to Wolves last weekend, they have looked impressive in the weeks prior. Rafa Benitez’s side have been scoring goals both at home and away this season and I am backing them to get on the score-sheet again at Villa Park. Aston Villa are struggling and as they aren’t in the greatest of form, I recommend backing Newcastle -0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market, which looks great value. The Magpies are winners for me on Saturday!

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Newcastle -0.25 @ 2.17 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.



Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sun 11th Sept By @J_RKeith

It is fair to say, my last Asian Handicap Betting preview for the EFL didn’t go well. Norwich let me down. But for Sunday’s match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park, I have faith I can bring home some profit.

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Aston Villa are in transition, with a new manager and owner at the helm, but it takes more than that to get results. Roberto Di Matteo’s side have only won one match so far this season, with their last encounter ending in a 3-1 defeat away to Bristol City. Jack Grealish’s goal wasn’t enough to see them take home the three points.

The Villains currently sit 15th in Championship on five points. However, there is one positive for the Midlands’ club and that is that they remain unbeaten at home this season. Yes it has only been two matches, but home form is important.

Things did not look great at the beginning of the season, especially with their early cup exit away to Luton Town. Yet, summer signings have spoken for themselves; Ross McCormack, Mile Jedinak and Johanthan Kodija all joining the former Premier League side. On top of this, spending a total of £49 million definitely shows fans this club means business.

Two players are out injured for Di Matteo, while Gabby Agbonlahor is still suspended for the hosts.


Handicap Betting

Jack Grealish

Nottingham Forest on the other hand have suddenly hit form and are in a stronger position. Philippe Montanier’s side are ninth in the table with their last game finishing in a 3-1 win at home to Leeds United. Oliver Burke assisting the first and scoring the third.

Burke did was the league’s top goalscorer with four goals and one assist. This is not a problem Di Matteo now however after the 19-year-old joined Red Bull Leipzig for £13 million.

A positive, meanwhile, is that Forest have won their last three games in all competitions scoring nine and conceding five.

Away from home, it doesn’t look so good. Montainer’s side, carrying on from last season, have only won twice on the road from their last ten matches. Their last away game finishing in a 1-0 defeat to Brentford.

Two players sit out for Forest, but there are no suspensions for the visitors on Sunday.

Last time these two sides met was in 2015 at the City Ground where the game finished 3-3. However they have only played each other four times; once at Villa Park back in 1999 and Villa won 2-0.

Difficult one to call here. I am expecting goals in this match, mainly because both defences are not solid. Picking a winner is a tough one. I’m backing overs in this early Championship kick-off.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.04 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.