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.
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.