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Premier League preview and odds: Aston Villa vs. Swansea


Published on: 22/10/2015

Premier League preview and odds: Aston Villa vs. Swansea

October 24, 2015 15:00pm – Villa Park

Premier League

Two of the Premier Leagues out-of-form teams will attempt to find an elusive win on Saturday afternoon as anxious Aston Villa and sinking Swansea slug it out at Villa Park.

Villa down in the dumps

It has been a miserable few months for Tim Sherwood’s men who have accumulated just one point from their last eight Premier League matches. They come into this game on the back of five straight defeats in which they conceded 10 goals and scored just four.

After starting the season on a positive note with an away win at newly-promoted Bournemouth, things could not have gone much worse for the Villains. With nine game played, only the dismal form of winless Sunderland has prevented them from plummeting to the bottom of the table.

Last time out, they fell 2-0 away from home to a Chelsea side that has also been struggling this season. It was a limp display in which the visitors never looked like troubling the scoreboard.

Swansea slump continues

Swansea are also coming into this game on the back of a five-game winless streak - although, unlike Villa, they have picked up two points during that spell. They started the season with a four-game unbeaten run that culminated in a 2-1 home win against Manchester United at the end of August - but they have yet to win a game since.

In their last match they were undone at home by a resurgent Stoke City team in what was another lacklustre display. After conceding a penalty within the first five minutes, Garry Monk’s team were unable to find a way back into the match.

Team news

Villa could welcome back Ciaran Clark while Gabriel Agbonlahor remains a doubt. Craig Gardner and Jores Okore are both at least a week away.

Meanwhile, Garry Monk is in the fortunate position of having a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Recent form (League)

Aston Villa: LLLLL

Swansea: LDLDL

Betting odds and tips

It is hard to find anything positive to say about Aston Villa’s form or their recent performances. They have the worst form of any team in the league - and that includes Sunderland. With that in mind, the 8/13 on offer from Bet365 for the Midland side to get relegated looks like a decent bet.

Swansea can at least find some positives from the last five games having earned decent draws against Spurs and Everton. In addition, they have only lost three out of nine games played this season and two of those were narrow 1-0 defeats. Their only convincing loss came in the 3-1 defeat away to Southampton. Swansea can be backed at 17/10 with Coral to take all three points from their visit to Villa Park.

Published on: 22/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (22/10/2015 11:12:42) but are subject to change.